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Cougs Hit the Road for Two Games in a 24-Hour Stretch

Dec 16, 2021

PROVO, Utah – The Washington State women's basketball team is set to wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule this weekend with a pair of road games at No. 20/22 BYU and at Stony Brook. The Cougars will open the trip this Saturday, Dec. 18, in Provo, Utah to battle BYU at 11 a.m. PT. WSU will then travel cross-country overnight to Long Island, New York to take on Stony Brook this Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. PT.

WASHINGTON STATE (RV) (8-1, 0-0 Pac-12) at No. 20/22 BYU (8-1, 0-0 West Coast) | Saturday, Dec. 18 | 11 a.m. PT  | Marriott Center
  Live Stats | Stat Broadcast
  Watch | BYU.TV
  Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
  Game Notes | Click Here

WASHINGTON STATE (RV) (8-1, 0-0 Pac-12) at Stony Brook (8-1, 0-0 American East) | Sunday, Dec. 19 | 11 a.m. PT  | Island Federal Arena
  Live Stats | SideArm Stats
  Watch | ESPN+
  Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
  Game Notes | Click Here

STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State will be closing out its 2021-22 non-conference schedule this weekend. The Cougars currently stand at 8-1 in non-conference games this season, while WSU is 10-2 against non-conference foes over the last two seasons.

>> The Cougars will be seeking their fourth-straight road win this Saturday at No. 20/22 BYU. WSU's current three-game winning streak in true road games is the longest road winning streak for the Cougars since the 2017-18 campaign. The last time Washington State won four-straight away games came during the 2014-15 season, when WSU won five-straight true road games.

>> Saturday's matchup against No. 20/22 BYU will mark the second time this season Washington State has played a top-25 opponent this season. WSU previously lost to No. 5/4 NC State (62-34) on Nov. 27 in the Bahamas. The Cougars knocked off three top-25 teams last season, as they defeated No. 21 Oregon State (61-55), No. 7/10 Arizona (71-69 OT), and No. 5/4 UCLA (67-63) in Beasley Coliseum.

>> Washington State is 6-5 all-time against BYU and will be seeking its third-straight win over the Cougars from Provo. Sunday's matchup against Stony Brook will mark the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.

>> At 8-1, WSU is off to its best starts to a season since the 2015-16 campaign, when the Cougars also went 8-1 through nine games. This season marks the eighth time in program history that the Cougs have opened a campaign at 8-1. Only the 1978-79 squad has a better record through nine games at 9-0. The 1978-79 team began the season at 10-0, which is the program-record for most consecutive wins to begin a season.

Looking for Five in a Row
Washington State heads into this weekend's slate of games looking to extend its current winning streak to five games. The last time that the Cougars won five-straight games came six seasons ago, when WSU won five-straight games to open the 2015-16 campaign.

Pac-12 Player of the Week
On Monday, sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Leger-Walker averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists in a pair of come-from-behind wins this week at Gonzaga (51-49) on Dec. 8 and at home against Boise State (62-55) on Dec. 12. Leger-Walker played a huge role in both comebacks, as she scored a combined 28 points in the second half of games this week.

NCAA's Starting Five
Charlisse Leger-Walker's fantastic week against Gonzaga and Boise State earned her a spot on this week's NCAA.com's Starting Five. She is the first Cougar to be selected to the team.

Road Warriors
Washington State will travel 5,635 miles round-trip this weekend to play at BYU and at Stony Brook. It will be WSU's second cross-country excursion this season, as they traveled 2,642 miles to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship back on Nov. 25-27.

The Pac's Rebounding Leader
Junior Bella Murekatete enters the weekend leading the Pac-12 Conference in total rebounds with 80 rebounds through nine games.

Scouting the Cougars
BYU enters this weekend's contest against Washington State ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. The Cougars are 8-1 on the year and recently had its eight-game winning streak snapped at Oklahoma (99-91, OT) back on Dec. 10.

Sophomore Shaylee Gonzales leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Cougars at 19.1 points per game. Senior Paisley Harding follows at 16.1 points per game, while graduate student Tegan Graham (11.8 ppg) and sophomore Lauren Gustin (11.0 ppg) round out the group. Gustin also averages a team-best 12.0 rebounds per game.

As a team, BYU is averaging 77.3 points per game. The Cougars are shooting 46.4 percent from the field, while they are knocking down 37.0 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, BYU is allowing the opposition to score 63.3 points per contest. Teams are shooting 36.1 percent from the floor against BYU.

Scouting the Seawolves
Like the Cougars, Stony Brook enters the weekend at 8-1 through nine games this season. SBU won the American East Conference Tournament last season to earn a spot into the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, where they were a No. 14-seed. The Seawolves lost to No. 3-seeded Arizona, 79-44, in the first round.

Stony Brook uses a balanced-scoring attack, as they have five players averaging 10 points-or-more per game. Junior Gigi Gonzales paces the Seawolves with 13.7 points per game, while dishing out a team-best 33 assists. Senior Anastasia Warren follows at 12.6 points per contest. Graduate students India Pagan (12.1 ppg) and Leighah-Amori Wool (10.9 ppg) and senior Earlette Scott (10.7 ppg) round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Seawolves.

SBU is averaging 71.4 points per game, while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor. Teams are shooting 37.0 percent from the floor against Stony Brook, as the opposition is averaging 60.56 points per game.

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