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Cougs Run It Back Against No. 6 Stanford this Friday

Jan 28, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. – It's déjà vu all over again at Beasley Coliseum, as the Washington State women's basketball team host No. 6 Stanford for the second time in three days this Friday, Jan. 29. Tip-off against the Cardinal is set for 12 p.m. PT and will stream live on Pac-12 Plus via the WSU live stream.

(RV) WASHINGTON STATE (8-5, 6-5 Pac-12) vs. No. 6/6 Stanford (13-2, 10-2 Pac-12) | Friday, Jan. 29 | 12 p.m. | Beasley Coliseum
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STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State will look to rebound against Stanford on Friday, after the Cardinal handed the Cougars a 71-49 defeat this past Wednesday, Jan. 27. Friday's game against Stanford will mark the first time in program history that WSU has hosted the same school in back-to-back Pac-12 Conference games. The last time WSU played the same opponent two times in a row came back during the 2008-09 season that Washington State played two-consecutive games at Hawaii on Dec. 19 and Dec. 21. WSU also played Cal State Northridge in back-to-back games during the 2005-05 season, with the first contest taking place at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 27 and the second game being played in Pullman on Dec. 2.

>> Friday's matchup will mark the second game in a current four-game home stand for the Cougars. Washington State will conclude the extended stay in Beasley Coliseum next weekend with a matchup against No. 5 UCLA (Feb. 5) and USC (Feb. 7). Tip-off for next week's games against the Bruins and Trojans is set for 12 p.m. and will stream live on Pac-12 Plus via the WSU live stream.

>> Wednesday's matchup against No. 6-ranked Stanford will mark the Cougars seventh game against a ranked team this season. WSU is in the midst of an eight-game stretch where they play six ranked opponents. The Cougars will host No. 5-ranked UCLA next Friday, Feb. 5, end the run.

>> This week's pair of games will serve as 69th all-time meeting between Washington State and Stanford. The Cougars go into the week seeking their first win over the Cardinal, as Stanford has won every contest in a series that dates back to 1983.

>> Washington State will look to continue to ride the momentum it created during the third and fourth quarters in Wednesday's contest against Stanford. The Cougars outscored the Cardinal, 31-27, over the final two quarters, as they held the Cardinal to 10 points below their season scoring average on Wednesday night.

Finding Her Stroke
Sophomore Johanna Teder hit a team-high four 3-point field goals in Wednesday's contest against the Stanford en route to a team-best 14-point performance. It is the first time that Teder has led the Cougars in scoring since notching 20 points in WSU's win over then-No. 21 Oregon State on Dec. 19. The sophomore has made seven shots behind the arc over her last five games.

Leading the Pac
Despite have her 12-game double-digit scoring streak snapped against the Cardinal on Wednesday, freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker still holds the Pac-12 scoring lead at 19.2 points per game. The guard won't have to wait long for redemption against Stanford, as she looks to improve on Wednesday's performance against the Cardinal, where she took a season-low five shots en route to a six-point effort.

The five-tie Pac-12 Freshman of the Week leads the conference in steals (38), steals per game (2.92), field goals made (91) and total points (249).

Double-Double Ula
Junior Ula Motuga didn't backdown from the challenge that Stanford's length presents in the post on Wednesday, as the 6-0 forward posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Stanford. Motuga's first double-double came back on the Jan. 3 win at Colorado, when she grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds, while chipping in 11 points in the victory.

Getting Votes in the Polls
Washington State earned eight votes in this week's USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. It marks the third-straight week that the Cougars have earned votes in the Coaches poll. WSU also enters this week's slate of games with a NET ranking of 33.

Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford comes into this week's slate of contests in Pullman boasting a 13-2 overall record and a 10-2 mark in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal, who have spent multiple weeks this season at No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls, have lost two of their last three games, which has placed them at No. 6 in both top-25 polls this week.

Sophomore Hayley Jones leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Cardinal at 14.9 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding at 8.9 caroms per game, while senior All-American Kiana Williams follows Jones at 13.3 points per contest. Williams has hit a team-high 34 3-point field goals this season, and connects on 34.3% of her shots from behind the arc. Junior Lexie Hull (12.4 ppg) and sophomore Francesca Belibi (11.1) round out the group of double-figure scorers.

As a team, Stanford is averaging 81.1 points per game. The Cardinal have scored 80-or-more points in 10 of their 14 contests this season. Stanford is shooting 46.6% from the field, and 34.8% from behind the arc. Defensively, the Cardinal are giving up 55.9 points per game, while teams are shooting 33.2% from the field against them.

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