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WSU Seeks Perfect Weekend in Los Angeles

Jan 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The Washington State women's basketball team looks to make it a perfect week in the City of Angels this Sunday, Jan. 16, when the Cougars square off against UCLA in Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off from Westwood is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON STATE (10-5, 2-2 Pac-12) at UCLA (6-4, 1-1 Pac-12) | Sunday, Jan. 16 | 12 p.m. PT | Pauley Pavilion
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  Watch | Pac-12 Network Los Angeles (Tracy Warren and Ros Gold Onwude)
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STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State is coming off a thrilling 71-63 come-from-behind win at Southern Cal this past Friday in the Galen Center. WSU erased a 17-point deficit to mount the largest comeback in regulation in program history. The win improved the Cougars' overall record to 10-5, while they move to an even 2-2 in Pac-12 Conference play.

>> The Cougars will be seeking their first win at Pauley Pavilion this Sunday. The Cougars are 0-33 all-time against the Bruins in Westwood. Last season, the Cougars went to overtime against the Bruins in Los Angeles for the first time but fell 68-66.

>> UCLA leads the all-time series against Washington State, 58-9. All nine Cougar wins have come in Pullman. WSU ended a six-game losing stream to the Bruins last season with a 67-63 win in Pullman.

>> WSU will be seeking its second-straight win over UCLA this Sunday. The Cougs won the last meeting with a 67-63 win over the then No. 5/4-ranked Bruins in Beasley Coliseum. It was the Cougs first win against a top-five team in program history. The last time Washington State won back-to-back games against UCLA came during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, when the Cougars won two consecutive games in Pullman.

>> The Cougars will also be searching for its second-straight Pac-12 road win on Sunday at UCLA after Washington State picked up an eight-point win over Southern Cal on Friday at the Galen Center. It's been over a year since WSU won two-straight conference games on the road, as they swept Utah (79-74; Jan. 1, 2021) and Colorado (76-63; Jan. 3, 2021) last season.

Double-Digit Wins
Washington State recorded its 10th win of the season on Friday with a 71-63 victory at Southern Cal. WSU has now posted double-digit wins in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

Busting Out
Junior Johanna Teder recorded her first 20-point outing of the season her last time out with a 20-point effort at USC. It was Teder's third career game with 20-or-more points and is her first since a 23-point outing back on Feb. 28, 2021 against Washington.

An Even 80
Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker comes into Sunday's contest having handed out at least one assist in each of her last 80 games. The point guard dished out six assists in the win at USC on Friday, which was her eighth game this season with five of more assists.

Ula's Knocking It Down
Senior Ula Motuga recorded her best shooting performance from behind the arc in a WSU uniform on Friday, as the forward sank a career-best four shots from behind the arc. Motuga has hit 11 3-pointers through 11 games this season and is shooting a career-best 45.8 percent from behind the arc.

Starting Slow, Ending Fast
Washington State scored three points in the first quarter of Friday's win at Southern California. The three points were the fewest scored in an opening quarter in a Pac-12 game in program history. The Cougars fixed the issue immediately, as they responded with a 27-point second quarter. The 27 points scored in the second tied for the most points scored in a Pac-12 contest in program history.

Scouting the Bruins
Sunday's matchup against Washington State will be only the Bruins third game played since Dec. 12, as UCLA had six-straight games either canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The Bruins are 6-4 overall on the year and an even 1-1 in Pac-12 play after knocking off Washington, 63-48, at home on Friday. UCLA is a perfect 5-0 at home this season.

Graduate transfer Iimari'i Thomas leads the Bruins in scoring at 19.1 points per game, while junior Charisma Osborne follows Thomas at 17.0 points per game. The duo makes up 50.6 percent of the Bruins scoring this season. Thomas also leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 caroms per game.

UCLA is averaging 71.4 points per game through 10 contests this season. The Bruins are shooting an even 40.0 percent from behind the arc, while they are connecting on 33.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Foes are putting up 58.3 points per game against UCLA this season. Teams are shooting 39.2 percent against the Bruins this season, while shooting 30.1 percent on 3-point field goals.

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