Cougs Close Out Regular Season This Sunday with the Boeing Apple Cup Series
PULLMAN, Wash. – The 2020-21 regular season comes to a close for the Washington State women's basketball team this Sunday, Feb. 28, as the Cougars host the rival Washington Huskies at Beasley Coliseum. The Boeing Apple Cup Series matchup is set to tip-off at 1 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Washington.
WASHINGTON STATE (10-10, 8-10 Pac-12) vs. Washington (6-12, 3-12 Pac-12) | Sunday, Feb. 28 | 1 p.m. | Beasley Coliseum
Live Stats | WSUCougars.com
Watch | Pac-12 Washington (Greg Heister & Alyssa Charlston)
Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
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>> Washington State looks to finish off the 2020-21 regular season on a high-note, as the Cougars will be looking to sweep in-state rival Washington for the second time in three seasons. WSU opened the 2020-21 season with a win in Seattle over the Huskies back on Dec. 11. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 20 points against UW in her WSU debut.
>> With a win over Washington on Sunday the Cougars would post their first winning regular season record since the 2014-15 campaign. WSU will also be seeking its ninth Pac-12 Conference win of the season. The Cougars have collected nine-or-more conference wins just four times in program history.
>> Sunday's matchup marks the 99th all-time meeting between the Cougars and the Huskies. Washington leads the all-time series, 74-25, however WSU has won four of the last five matchups. The Cougs are 4-1 against UW under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
>> A win on Sunday would secure a winning regular season for WSU for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. A win would also guarantee the Cougars a winning season at home, as Washington State is currently 6-5 at home this season. The Cougs have been tough at home this season, as they have picked up three wins over ranked-opponents in Pullman.
>> Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enters the final game of the regular season leading the Pac-12 Conference in scoring at 19.7 points per game. Leger-Walker holds a 0.9-point lead over Arizona's Aari McDonald, who is the Pac-12's two-time defending Pac-12 scoring champion. No freshman has ever won the Pac-12 scoring title.
Building on Last Week
Washington State will look to keep the offense clicking after a week away from competition. The Cougars scored 68 points in a win over Utah their last time out on Feb. 28. The 68 points were the most WSU has scored in regulation since the Jan. 3 contest at Colorado. Washington State hit 10 3-point field goals in the win over the Utes, which marked the second game this season the Cougs have hit 10-or-more shots from behind the arc.
Leading the Pac
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker enter the final week of the regular season leading the Pac-12 in scoring (19.7 ppg) and total points (394). No freshman has ever ended the season leading the Pac-12 in scoring. Leger-Walker also leads the conference in field goal attempts (348), 3-point field goals made (53), free throws made (79) and attempted (102), minutes played (758:07) and steals (47).
The Leger-Walker sister currently lead the Pac-12 Conference in points and assists. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker leads the conference in total points at 394, while redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker paces the league in assists with 95.
Dishing Out the Assists
Redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker is coming off a career-high 11-assist performance in a win over Utah on Feb. 21. The guard enters the week leading the Pac-12 in total assists with 95, while her 4.8 assists per game is third-best in the league.
Washington State is 4-1 all-time vs. Washington under head coach Kamie Ethridge. The four wins over UW makes her the program's all-time winningest coach against the Huskies.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington comes into the week boasting a 6-12 overall record and a 3-12 mark in Pac-12 play. UW has shown improvement over the last couple of weeks, as they have won two of its last four games, picking up wins at Arizona State and against Utah.
Junior Haley Van Dyke leads the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game. The 6-1 post has scored double-digits in five of her last six games, which includes a season-high 22-point performance last Friday against Utah. Van Dyke also leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 points per game. She posted a double-double against the Cougars in their previous meeting this season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Tameiya Sadler also averages double-digit points for the Huskies at 10.3 points per contest.
As a team, Washington is averaging 59.3 points per game on a 38.5 percent field goal percentage. UW has failed to score above 60 points in six of its last seven games. Teams are putting up 66.1 points per game against the Huskies, while the opposition is connecting on 42.8 percent of its shots from the field.
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