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Cougs Fall at BYU

Dec 18, 2021

PROVO, Utah – The Washington State women's basketball team had its four-game losing streak come to an end Saturday, Dec. 18, as the Cougars opened their two-game, cross-country road trip this weekend with a 71-53 loss at No. 20/22 BYU.

Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker scored a game-high 21 points, but that wasn't enough to lift WSU past the No. 20/22-ranked team in the country. Leger-Walker hit a career-high six 3-point field goals to help the Cougars connect on a season-high 13 shots from behind the arc.

Senior Ula Motuga recorded her first double-double of the season against the Cougars of BYU. The forward from Logan, Australia matched her season-best in points with 12, while pulling down a team-best 10 rebounds.

With the loss, Washington State falls to 8-2 on the year. Meanwhile, BYU improves to 9-1.  

The Cougs struggled to get into rhythm offensively throughout the afternoon, as WSU shot 26.7 percent from the floor. Washington State had a significantly stronger performance from behind the arc against BYU, as they shot 41.9 percent on 3-point field goals.

Washington State trailed by as many as 15 points midway through the second quarter but were able to cut its deficit to eight at 37-29 going into the locker room. WSU came out of the half firing offensively, as the Cougars cut the BYU led to five at 45-40 after a layup from junior Bella Murekatete with 1:45 remaining in the third.

The Cougs stayed hot going into the fourth, as back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Johanna Teder and Charlisse Leger-Walker pulled Washington State within a point of BYU at 47-46 with 9:09 left to play. That however would be as close as the Cougars would get against the No. 20/22-ranked team in the country.

Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Result
"I thought we got beat by a really good team. I thought we were as inconsistent as we have been for a long time. They killed us in the paint. We got two points in the paint today and they got 40. I think in a nutshell, the team that was more aggressive, the team that was more physical and the team that attacked the rim better won the game."

Coug Notes
- Charlisse Leger-Walker's 21-point performance extends her double-digit streak to five games.
- Leger-Walker's 21-point effort against BYU marks her 17th career game with 20-or-more points.
- Leger-Walker has now scored double-digit points in 31 of her 34 career games.
- The loss snaps WSU's two-game winning streak against BYU.
- Ula Motuga's 12-point effort marks her 21st career game with 10-or-more points.
- Motuga recorded her first double-double of the season and the fourth of her career.
- Motuga's 10-rebound performance gives the forward her eighth career game with double-digit boards.
- Washington State falls to 3-1 this season in true road games this season.
- The 13 3-point field goals hit by the Cougars today is tied for the fifth-most 3-pointers made in a single-game in program history.

Next Up
The Cougars will now head to Long Island, New York overnight to battle Stony Brook this Sunday, Dec. 19. Tip-off against the Seawolves is set for 11 a.m. PT and will stream live on ESPN+.