Leger-Walker Named Finalist for WBCA All-American Team
ATLANTA – Washington State freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker has been named a Regional Finalist for the 2021 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-American team.
Leger-Walker is one of 52 players named a regional finalist this season. The 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-American team will be announced on April 3.
Leger-Walker became the second player in program history to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after leading setting the WSU freshman scoring record at 18.8 points per game. The Waikato, New Zealand native scored 20-or-more points in 12 games during the 2020-21 season, which also set a WSU freshman record. Leger-Walker is first freshman in Pac-12 history to end the season leading the league in points scored, as she tallied 452 points in her first year on the Palouse.
The guard was a seven-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week recipient, a mark that ties her with Kelsey Plum for the second-most freshman weekly awards in conference history. Leger-Walker was also named the USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week on Jan. 11 after hitting the game-winning shot against then-No. 7/10 Arizona.
Washington State capped off a remarkable 2020-21 season by making a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 seasons. The Cougars earned a No. 9 seed, where fell in the first round to No. 8-seed South Florida, 57-53. WSU ended the season at 12-12 to mark the program's seventh season with a record of .500-or-better during the NCAA era. The Cougs also collected nine Pac-12 wins during the 2020-21 campaign, which is tied for the second-most conference wins in single season in WSU history. Washington State earned its first-ever ranking in the Associate Press Top 25 poll during the 2020-21 season, as the Cougars were voted in at No. 25 in the Jan. 11 AP Top 25 poll.
WBCA member head coaches may nominate players from their own teams for Coaches' All-America. They then vote for the top eight players in their respective regions from among those players who are nominated. The selection committee, which is composed of head coaches from each region who are elected by their peers, may select up to 12 additional at-large finalists from the remaining pool of nominees.
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