Leger-Walker Earns Her Fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Honor
SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State women's basketball player Charlisse Leger-Walker has been named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season, as announced by the Conference office Monday, Jan. 25.
The guard from Waikato, New Zealand averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game during the Cougars recent to trip to Oregon and Oregon State. Leger-Walker scored 20-plus points in back-to-back contests for the second time this season over the weekend, while she made the game-winning shot in WSU's thrilling 77-75 double-overtime win at Oregon State this past Sunday, Jan 24. The freshman got her week started with a 24-point, eight-rebound performance at No. 13 Oregon this past Friday, Jan. 22. Leger-Walker then went on to score 22 points at Oregon State to help the Cougars pick up their first win in Corvallis since the 2012-13 season.
Leger-Walker becomes the first player to earn five Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors since Utah's Dre'Una Edwards garnered the accolade six times during the 2018-19 season. The Washington State guard also becomes the seventh player in conference history to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week five-or-more times. She joins an elite club that includes California's Kristine Anigwe (8x; 2015-16), Washington's Kelsey Plum (7x; 2013-14), Utah's Dre'Una Edwards (6x; 2018-19), Oregon's Chrishae Row (6x; 2013-14) and Sabrina Ionescu (5x; 2016-17) and Colorado's Arielle Roberson (5x; 2012-13).
Leger-Walker enters this week as the Pac-12 Conference leader in scoring (20.2 ppg) and steals (3.0 spg). The guard is currently riding a 12-game double-digit scoring streak, which is tied for the second longest stretch of games with 10-or-more points by a WSU freshman. Leger-Walker's current streak ties her with Jazmine Perkins, who accomplished the feat in 2008-09, and Chanelle Molina, who did it back during the 2016-17 season. Lia Galdeira (2012-13) currently holds the record with 15-consectutive games with 10-or-more points.
Washington State returns to Beasley Coliseum this Wednesday, when they take on No. 6-ranked Stanford to open a four-game home stand. Tip-off against the Cardinal is set for 6:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Washington.
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