Leger-Walker Sets WSU Freshman Record for Most 20-Point Games in a Loss at ASU
TEMPE, Ariz. – Charlisse Leger-Walker set the WSU freshman record for most 20-point games on Sunday, Feb. 14, but the Cougars could not complete the comeback against Arizona State, as they fell to the Sun Devils, 67-61.
Leger-Walker recorded 29 points against ASU to register her 10th game with 20-or-more points this season, as she passes Borislava Hristova for the WSU freshman record for most games with 20-or-more points. The guard's 29-point performance on Sunday matches her career-high in points, which is the third game this season that Leger-Walker has equaled her career-best scoring performance. The freshman shot 53.3% from the field, as she made eight of her 15 shots on the day, which included a game-high four 3-point field goals.
Junior Ula Motuga tallied 15 points against ASU, while she matched her season-high in assists with four.
With the loss, Washington State falls to an even .500 on the year at 9-9, while they stand at 7-9 in Pac-12 play. Arizona State improves to 10-7 overall and 5-7 in league play.
WSU trailed by five going into the locker room, but was able to pull within a point early in the third quarter after back-to-back layups from Charlisse Leger-Walker and redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker to make it 32-31 at the 8:32 mark. WSU would not make another field goal over the next eight-plus minutes, as ASU used a 19-3 run to take a 16-point lead at 49-33 in the closing minute of the frame.
The Cougars battled back in the fourth quarter, as they went on an 11-0 run late in the stanza to make it a one-possession game, 57-54, with 1:30 remaining. Eight of WSU's 11 points during the extended run came from the free throw line. Arizona State connected on six-consecutive free throws to push the Coug deficit back out to nine points with 24 seconds remaining. Junior Michaela Jones connected on a three-pointer and a long two-point shot to keep Washington State's hopes alive, but the Sun Devils converted four more free throws to keep the Cougars at bay for the remainder of the afternoon.
Washington State heads back to Pullman to close out the 2020-21 regular season with a three-game homestand at Beasley Coliseum. The first of the final three home contests is set for next Friday, Feb. 19, against Colorado. Tip-off against the Buffaloes is set for 12 p.m. PT and will stream live on Pac-12 Washington.
- Charlisse Leger-Walker's 29-point performance matches her career high in points scored. It is the third game this season the Leger-Walker has registered 29 points in a game, with the two others coming against Idaho (Dec. 13) and at Southern Cal (Jan. 15).
- Leger-Walker's 29-point performance marks her 16th game this season with 10-or-more points.
- Junior Ula Motuga recorded her 19th career game with double-digit points.
- Washington State has now dropped 11-straight games to Arizona State.