Leger-Walker Sisters Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – The Washington State women's basketball team had a pair of players pick up all-league honors on Monday, March 1, as the Pac-12 Conference named freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker to both the All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Freshman teams, while redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker earned an All-Pac-12 Defensive team honorable mention selection.
The WSU sister duo made quite the impact in their first season in Pullman. Charlisse led the Pac-12 in points scored with 407, while Krystal led the league in assists with 99. The Leger-Walkers helped Washington State make its first-ever appearance in the Associated Press top-25 poll this season, coming in at No. 25 in the Jan. 11 poll. The Cougars ended the regular season at 11-10, while picking up three wins over ranked opponents along the way. The 11-10 record marked the program's first winning season in seven seasons.
Charlisse becomes the first freshman in WSU women's basketball history to be selected to the All-Pac-12 team. The guard from Waikato, New Zealand made history in 2020-21, as she became the first freshman in Pac-12 history to end the regular season leading the conference in total points. Leger-Walker scored 407 points in 21 games this season, which was good for 19.4 points per game, the second-best average in the PAC. Leger-Walker finished just percentage-points behind Arizona's Aari McDonald for the league lead in scoring.
The Pac-12 Conference also announced earlier today that Charlisse Leger-Walker was named the 2020-21 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches. The New Zealand native was also selected to the All-Pac-12 Freshman team, making her the 22nd player in Pac-12 history to earn both All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Freshman honors.
The younger Leger-Walker sister was dominant in her first season in the Pac-12, as the freshman led the league in points (1st; 407), field goals made (1st; 137) and minutes played (796:10). She also finished the regular season ranked inside the top-three of the conference in free throws made (2nd; 81), points per game (2nd 19.4), 3-point field goals made (52), steals (2nd; 49) and steals per game (2nd, 2.33).
The elder Leger-Walker sister concluded her first season with the Cougars second on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game. Krystal ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in steals with 51, while her 1.7 steals per game was the ninth-best average in the league. The 5-9 guard was also 15th in the PAC in block with 16 swats on the year. Leger-Walker also led the conference in assists with 99.
The All-Pac-12, All-Pac-12 Freshman and All-Pac-12 Defensive teams were voted on by the Pac-12 head coaches.
Washington State begins its run in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas at the Michelob ULTRA Arena. The Cougars earned the tournament's No. 7 seed and will take on No. 10-seed Utah this Wednesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. PT. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
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