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Cougs Complete Comeback against Boise State

Dec 12, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team used a strong second-half performance against Boise State on Sunday, Dec. 12, as the Cougars erased a double-digit deficit for the second-straight game to pick up a 62-55 win over the Broncos in Beasley Coliseum.

The Cougs trailed Boise State by as many as 10 points early in the third quarter, as the Broncos held a 39-29 lead with 9:17 remaining in the frame. WSU started on the comeback trail from that point, as the Cougars used a 27-8 run over the next 15-plus minutes of game time to take a 56-47 lead with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Washington State held a three-point lead at 58-55 with less than 40 seconds remaining in the contest when Boise State called a timeout to set up a potential game-tying play. Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker put a halt to those plans, as the guard from New Zealand knocked the ball loose from a BSU player and scored a break-away layup to give WSU a commanding 60-55 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the game. Senior Ula Motuga collected a steal on the ensuing BSU possession and Leger-Walker calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to give her team the seven-point win.

With the win, WSU moves to 8-1 on the year. The Cougars are now 13-1 over their last 14 games at Beasley Coliseum against non-conference foes. Additionally, WSU has won six-straight home games dating back to last season, which is the longest winning streak at Beasley Coliseum for the Cougars in program history.

Leger-Walker was spectacular in the second half, scoring 19 of her game-high 23 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Junior Bella Murekatete also had a big second half against Boise state, with the 6-3 center scoring nine of her 15 points in the third and fourth quarters. Fifth-year redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker also had a double-digit scoring performance against the Broncos, as the point guard scored 10 points and dished out a game-high six assists.

Washington State was able to overcome a slow defensive start against Boise State on Sunday. The Cougars limited the Broncos to just 17 points over the final 20 minutes of play in the come-from-behind win. WSU held BSU to 35 percent from the floor in the third and fourth quarters after Boise State shot 64 percent in the first half. Additionally, the Cougs forced Boise State into 13 second-half turnovers, which turned into 12 points for the Cougs over the final two quarters.

The Cougars proved clutch at the charity stripe all afternoon, going 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the winning performance. Washington State also held a 33-29 edge on the glass, which helped the Cougs post a 17-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Win
"I'm so impressed with Boise State and the great effort they put up today. They were the hungrier team in the first half and they gained confidence in every possession they had. I've got a lot of respect for how they do things and I thought they really came at us and made us make adjustments. We had to change how we were guarding screens and once we we're able to do that, we got a better handle on them. I really think that defense won this game for us. We tried to take them out of rhythm and make the game hard for them. They scored 17 points in the second half, and that was a great effort for our defense."

Coug Notes
- Washington State has now won four-straight games against Boise State and holds a 22-19 lead in the all-time series.
- The Cougars move to 13-1 over their last 14 home games against non-conference teams.
- WSU extends its home winning streak to six games, dating back to last season. That marks the most consecutive wins at Beasley Coliseum in program history.
- Charlisse Leger-Walker's 23-point performance marked her 16th career game with 20-or-more points.
- Leger-Walker's 23-point effort against BSU is also her 30th career game with 10-or-more points.
- Today also marks the 20th time that Charlisse Leger-Walker has led WSU in scoring in a game.
- Junior Bella Murekatete recorded her 21st career game with double-digit points with a 15-point performance against Boise State.
- Fifth-year redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker scored double-digits for the third time this season with 10 points against the Broncos.
- Krystal Leger-Walker dished out six assists against BSU to extend her consecutive assist streak to 48-straight games.

Next Up
Washington State hits the road for back-to-back games to close out the 2021-22 non-conference slate. The Cougars begin the trip on Dec. 18 at No. 16/17 BYU, then head to Ithaca, New York overnight to take on Cornell on Dec. 19. For more information on the Washington State women's basketball team, follow @WSUCougarWBB on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.