Women's Basketball Concludes Road Trip this Sunday at Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Washington State women's basketball team concludes its final road trip of the 2020-21 regular season this Sunday, Feb. 14, as the Cougars take on Arizona State. Tip-off from the Desert Financial Arena is set for 11:30 a.m. PT and will stream live on Pac-12 Plus via the ASU live stream.
WASHINGTON STATE (9-8, 7-8 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (9-7, 4-7 Pac-12) | Sunday, Feb. 14 | 11:30 a.m. PT | Desert Financial Arena
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>> Sunday's contest will serve as the regular season road finale for the Cougars. With a win, Washington State would secure its first winning season on the road since 2014-15, when the Cougs went 8-5. WSU heads into Sunday's affair against Arizona State at an even 4-4 in road games this season.
>> Washington State will be looking to bring end to a 10-game skid against the Sun Devils. The Cougars last win over ASU came back on Jan. 3, 2014, when Washington State knocked off Arizona State, 85-78, in Pullman. The Sun Devils lead the all-time series against WSU, 18-48, while the Cougs are just 6-25 all-time in Tempe. The last WSU win at Arizona State came on Feb. 1, 2013 with a 54-43 victory.
>> The Cougars will be seeking their eighth Pac-12 win of the season on Sunday. Washington State has posted eight-or-more wins in Pac-12 play in five previous seasons, with the most recent occurrence taking place during the 2013-14 season (nine wins). The school record for most Pac-12 wins in a season came back during the 1990-91 season when WSU won 10 conference games.
>> On Monday, the Pac-12 Conference named Charlisse Leger-Walker the league's Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season. Leger-Walker averaged a league-best 26.0 points over a pair of contests against UCLA and USC last week. Leger-Walker is only the fifth player in Pac-12 history to garner the weekly honor six-or-more times in a season. The guard has three weeks remaining in the regular season to match Kristine Anigwe's record of eight Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards.
>> Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters Friday's game having scored 20-plus points in two of her last three contests. Leger-Walker has scored 20-or-more points in nine games this season, which ties her with Borislava Hristova for the most 20-point games collected by a WSU freshman.
Leading the Pac
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters this week's slate of games leading the Pac-12 in scoring (18.9 ppg) and points (322). No freshman has ever ended the season leading the Pac-12 in scoring. Leger-Walker also leads the conference field goal attempts (302), field goals made (112) minutes played (640:34) and steals (39).
Locking Them Down
Washington State limited Arizona to just five points in the third quarter of Friday's game. That set the WSU program record for fewest points allowed in the third quarter. It also marks the second time this season that the Cougar defense has put on a historic performance over a quarter of play. WSU limited UCLA to a program-low five points in the fourth quarter back on Jan. 17. The five points allowed to the Bruins set a program record for fewest points given up in a fourth quarter in program history.
Controlling the Glass
Junior Ula Motuga has pulled down 10-or-more rebounds in three-straight games coming into Sunday's matchup against Arizona State. The Logan, Australia native has pulled down exactly 10 rebounds in four of her last five games. Motuga currently leads the Cougars in rebounding at 7.2 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State comes into Sunday's at 9-7 overall and 4-7 in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils are coming off a 50-35 home loss to Washington this past Friday. ASU is currently 8-4 inside the Desert Financial Arena this season.
Junior Taya Hanson leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 12.6 points per game. The guard leads the team in 3-point field goals with 38, while she is shooting 33.3% from behind the arc. Hanson is one of two double-digit scorers for Arizona State, with freshman Jaddan Simmons (11.0) being the other. Reese also leads the team in assists with 2.3 per contest.
As a team, Arizona State is averaging 54.1 points per game. The Sun Devils are shooting 33.0% from the field, while they are connecting on 25.6% of their attempts from behind the arc. Defense is where ASU has shined on the season, as the Sun Devils are only giving up 55.1 points per contest.
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