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Cougs Conclude Season-Long Road Trip Sunday at Oregon State

Jan 23, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Washington State women's basketball team concludes its season-long four-game road trip this Sunday, Jan. 24, when the Cougars head to Corvallis to battle Oregon State in Pac-12 Conference action. Tip-off from Gill Coliseum is set for 2 p.m. and will be streamed live via Pac-12 Plus.

WASHINGTON STATE (RV) (7-4, 5-4 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12) | Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 | 2 p.m. | Gill Coliseum
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STARTING FIVE
>> The Cougs come into the Sunday's matchup against the Beavers looking to get back into the win column, as Washington State has dropped three-straight contests. WSU holds a 7-4 overall mark on the year, while they stand at 5-4 in league play. For Oregon State, they too enter Friday's game with an extended losing streak, as they have dropped four-consecutive games to put them at 3-4 on the year and 1-4 in Pac-12 play.

>> Washington State will be looking to sweep the season series against Oregon State on Sunday. The Cougars picked up the 61-55 win over the then No. 21-ranked Beavers back on Dec. 19 in Beasley Coliseum. The win against OSU gave the Cougars their first win over a ranked team since the 2016-17 season. WSU hasn't swept the season series over Oregon State in exactly a decade, as the last season sweep over the Beavers came during the 2010-11 campaign.

>> Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored a game-high 24 points in Friday's loss at Oregon. The 24-point effort extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games, which is the longest double-digit scoring streak by a freshman to begin a WSU career in program history.

>> Sunday's matchup will be the 91st all-time meeting between Washington State and Oregon State. The Cougs trail in the all-time series against the Beavers, 31-59. WSU will look to snap a six-game losing streak inside Gill Coliseum, as the last WSU win in Corvallis came on Feb. 15, 2013 with a 51-49 victory.

>> Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker entered this weekend's slate of games as the only freshman in the Power Five to rank inside the top-five nationally amongst freshmen in scoring and steals. The guard is currently second among all NCAA Division I freshmen in points per game at 20.1 points per contest, while her 3.0 steals per game ranks fourth-best among freshman nationally.

Leading the Pac
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters Sunday's game at Oregon State as the Pac-12 leader in scoring at 20.1 points per game and steals at 3.0 steals per contest. No freshman has ever ended the season leading the Pac-12 in scoring.

Logging the Minutes
Washington States comes into Sunday's matchup with three players ranked inside the top-10 of the Pac-12 in minutes played. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker leads conference in minutes per game at 37.8 per contest. Junior Ula Motuga follows the younger Leger-Walker, as her 35.8 minutes per game is the fourth-highest average in the Pac-12. Redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker rounds out the trio, as she checks in No. 7 in the Pac-12 in minutes played at 34.4 minutes per contest.

Defending the Post
Sophomore Bella Murekatete has provided the Cougs with a strong presence in the post this season. The 6-3 forward is currently fourth in the Pac-12 in blocks per game at 1.82 swats per contest, while her 7.0 rebound per game is sixth-best in the league.

Still Getting Votes
Despite falling out of the Associated Press top 25 poll after back-to-back overtime losses in Los Angeles, the Cougars were still able to pick up votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll this week. WSU earned 14 votes in the AP Poll, while they picked up four votes in the Coaches Poll. Washington State also enters this weekend's slate of games with a NET ranking of 30.

Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State comes into Sunday's matchup looking to shake a three-game losing streak that has put the Beavers one-game under .500 on the year at 3-4. The recent struggles have left an OSU team that began the season inside the top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA polls at 1-4 in Pac-12 play.  

Senior Aleah Goodman leads a trio of double-digit scorers for Oregon State with her 14.1 points per game average. The guard scored a team-best 14 points in the Dec. 19 matchup against the Cougars in Pullman. Sophomore Taylor Jones follows Goodman with her 12.9 points per game. The 6-5 post player also leads the Beavers in rebounds at 7.7 caroms per game. Freshman Sasha Goforth rounds out the trio of double-figure scorers for Oregon State at 12.1 points per game.

As a team, Oregon State is averaging 70.1 points per game on a 43.5% success rate from the field. Defensively, the Beavers are allowing 68.4 points per contest, while teams are shooting 36.3% from the floor against OSU.

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