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WSU Looks to Bust the Broncos this Sunday in Beasley

Dec 10, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team is set to host its final non-conference home game of the 2021-22 season this Sunday, Dec. 12, as the Cougars host Boise State. Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE (RV) (7-1, 0-0 Pac-12) vs Boise State (2-5, 0-0 Mountain West) | Sunday, Dec. 12 | 12 p.m. | Beasley Coliseum
  Live Stats | Stat Broadcast
  Watch | Pac-12 Network Washington (Greg Heister and Stephanie Hawk-Freeman)
  Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
  Game Notes | WSUCougars.com

STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State returns to Beasley Coliseum looking to extend its current winning streak to four games. WSU stands at 7-1 on the year and is coming off a 51-49 win at Gonzaga this past Wednesday.

>> It's been tough for non-conference foes to win at Beasley Coliseum over the last four seasons. Washington State is 12-1 over its last 13 games at home against non-conference foes, a stretch that began on Nov. 29, 2018 with a win over San Francisco. The Cougars are 13-4 against non-conference teams in Beasley Coliseum under Ethridge.

>> Washington State will be seeking its sixth-straight win at Beasley this Sunday. WSU has currently won five-straight home games dating back to last season, which is the longest winning streak for the Cougars inside Beasley Coliseum in program history. The last time Washington State won six-consecutive games in Pullman came back during the 1994-95 season, with two of those games being played at Bohler Gym.

>> The Cougars and the Broncos will be matching up on the hardwood for the 41st time. WSU holds a 21-19 lead in the series against Boise State and have won three-straight games against BSU. Washington State is 10-4 all-time in Pullman against Boise State and have won both games played against the Broncos under head coach Kamie Ethridge.

>> WSU will be seeking its second-consecutive 8-1 start to a season this Sunday. The last time Washington State began back-to-back seasons with an 8-1 record was during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 campaigns.

Leading the Pac
Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker enters this weekend's set of games leading the Pac-12 Conference in steals and minutes played per game. Leger-Walker's 2.38 steals per game paces the conference, while her 35.61 minutes per game is also a league-high.

Non-Conference Play Coming to an End
Washington State only has three non-conference games remaining this season. After Sunday's contest against Boise State, the Cougars will take to the road for back-to-back games to close out the non-conference portion of their 2021-22 schedule. The road trip begins Dec. 18 with an 11 a.m. PT contest at BYU. WSU will then travel 2,196 miles overnight to take on Cornell in Ithaca, New York on Dec. 19 at 12 p.m. PT.

Rare Company
Washington State's win at Gonzaga on Wednesday makes the Cougars only the third team since 2018 to defeat the Bulldogs at the McCarthey Athletic Center. WSU joins Stanford and BYU as the only programs to knock off Gonzaga in Spokane over the last three-plus seasons.

Moving Up in the NET
Wednesday's win at Gonzaga helped Washington State move up nine spots in the NET rankings, as the Cougars head into the weekend at 54th.

Defense Travels
Washington State has featured one of the toughest defenses in NCAA Division I this season. The Cougars rank 44th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 54.2 points per game. Only one team this season has scored more than 60 points against the Cougs this season (NC State; 62). WSU has held the opposition under 50 points in three of its last five games.

Pull Down the Boards
Junior Bella Murekatete is coming off a 10-rebound performance in the win over Gonzaga. It marked her third game this season with double-digit rebounds, while it was the eighth game in her WSU career with double-figure caroms.

Scouting the Broncos
Boise State enters the weekend with a 2-5 record overall and are coming off a 76-64 win over Florida Atlantic. The Broncos will play two games on the Palouse this weekend, as they will visit Eastern Washington this Friday before taking on the Cougars on Sunday.

Sophomores Elodie Lalotte and Abby Muse lead the Broncos in scoring, as each player is averaging 9.1 points per game through seven contests. Fellow sophomore Mary Kay Naro is right behind Lalotte and Muse, as the guard is averaging 9.0 points per game this season. Lalotte also leads BSU in rebounds, as the 6-1 forward averages 6.6 boards per game.

As a team, Boise State is shooting 36.8 percent from the field, while averaging 57.1 points per game. Defensively, the Broncos are allowing teams to score 62.9 points per contest, while opponents are shooting 39.2 percent from the field against the Broncos.

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