Cougs Pounce On Nighthawks in 113-46 Exhibition Win
PULLMAN, Wash. – Six Washington State women's basketball players scored double-digits on Friday, Nov. 5, as the Cougars pounced all over Northwest Nazarene to collect a 113-46 victory in WSU's final exhibition game of the season.
Junior Johanna Teder led all scorers in the exhibition win, as the guard from Estonia knocked down five shots from behind the arc en route to a 20-point performance. Teder was one of five starters that scored double-digits for Washington State against NNU. Washington State's 113 points are the most scored by the Cougars under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
"I thought we played under control and got really quality looks (at the basket)," expressed Ethridge. "We took care of the ball a little bit better than we did last week. It feels like we got better over the last week. Got to be happy with scoring 113 points. We understand we have to score the ball better this year. So, this is a good step going forward."
Junior Bella Murekatete posted a double-double, as the 6-3 post from Rwanda tallied 18 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. Murekatete's performance helped WSU post a 57-23 edge on the glass, which led to a 31-4 advantage in second-chance points for the Cougs. Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker and junior Emma Nankervis each pulled down eight rebounds. Leger-Walker also chipped in 16 points in the win.
Fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker dished out a game-high eight assists, while scoring 17 points. The point guard was nearly perfect from the field, as she went 6-of-7 on the night and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Senior Ula Motuga added 15 points, while freshman Tara Wallack came off the bench to score 12 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Washington State led for 38:14 on Friday. The Cougars opened the game by shooting 73.7% from the field in the first quarter, as WSU jumped out to a 34-15 lead after 10 minutes of play. The Cougs scored 20-or-more points in all four quarters on Friday. Washington State's defense was also firing on all cylinders in the exhibition, as WSU forced Northwest Nazarene to 27 turnovers, which led to 41 points for the Cougars.
WSU opens the 2021-22 regular season this Tuesday, Nov. 9, as the Cougars host San Jose State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Beasley Coliseum on Tuesday, as Washington State will celebrate the 2020-21 team's NCAA Tournament berth before tip-off.
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