Leger-Walker Picks Up Her Seventh Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Honor
SAN FRANCISCO – Another week, another weekly freshman honor for Washington State women's basketball player Charlisse Leger-Walker, as the guard from New Zealand was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the seventh this season on Monday, Feb. 15.
Leger-Walker averaged 24.0 points per game in a pair of road contests against Arizona and Arizona State this past weekend. The Waikato, New Zealand native got her weekend started with a 19-point performance at No. 10/8 Arizona this past Friday. Leger-Walker was even better Sunday at Arizona State, as the guard matched her career-high in scoring with 29 points. The freshman displayed a keen-eye against the Sun Devils, shooting 53.3% (8-of-15) from the field, while knocking down four 3-point field goals.
The guard's 29-point performance against ASU marked the 10th time this season that the freshman has scored 20-or-more points in a game, which sets the WSU freshman record for most 20-point games.
Leger-Walker becomes only the third player in Pac-12 history to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors seven-or-more times. She joins California's Kristine Anigwe (8x; 2015-16) and Washington's Kelsey Plum (7x; 2013-14) as the only players in conference history to earn the league's weekly freshman honor seven-plus times.
This past weekend's performance allowed Leger-Walker to retake the lead in the Pac-12 in scoring. The guard enters this week's slate of games averaging 19.5 points per game, holding a 0.6 ppg lead over UCLA's Charisma Osborne (18.9 ppg) entering the final two weeks of regular season. No freshman in Pac-12 women's basketball history has ever ended the season as the league's leading scorer.
Washington State returns to Beasley Coliseum to close out the 2020-21 regular season. The Cougars will look to halt a three-game skid this Friday, when they kick-off the three-game homestand with a matchup against Colorado. Tip-off against the Buffaloes is set for 12 p.m. PT and will stream live on Pac-12 Plus via the WSU live stream.
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