Boeing Apple Cup Series Weekend Starts in Pullman This Friday
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team looks to cage the Huskies for the fourth-straight time this Friday, Jan. 26, as the Cougars host Washington for the first of two Boeing Apple Cup Series games this weekend. Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Washington.
WASHINGTON STATE (11-6, 3-3 Pac-12) vs. Washington (5-7, 0-4 Pac-12) | Friday, Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. | Beasley Coliseum
Live Stats | WSUCougars.com
Watch | Pac-12 Network Washington (Greg Heister & Stephanie Freeman)
Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Steve Grubbs)
Game Notes | WSUCougars.com
>> The Cougs come into Friday's matchup against the Huskies fresh-off a 58-51 win over Oregon State in Beasley Coliseum this past Wednesday, Jan. 26. The win over the Beavers improved WSU's overall record to 11-6 overall and an even 3-3 in Pac-12 Conference play.
>> Washington State looks to keep up its dominance over Washington in the Kamie Ethridge Era this weekend with back-to-back Boeing Apple Cup Series games. The first contest will take place this Friday, Jan. 28, in Beasley Coliseum before the Boeing Apple Cup Series heads to Seattle for game two this Sunday, Jan. 30.
>> The Cougars are 5-1 against the Huskies under fourth-year head coach Kamie Ethridge. The five wins are the most wins against Washington by a WSU head coach. Washington State has swept the season series against UW in two of the last three seasons.
>> WSU has won three-straight games over Washington coming into Friday's contest. The Cougars will be seeking their first four-game winning streak over the Huskies in 47 years, when WSU won five-straight games over UW between the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.
>> Friday's matchup will be the 101st meeting between Washington State and Washington. It is the longest-running rivalry in WSU history, as the series dates back to 1971. UW leads the all-time series 74-26, but the Cougars have won six of the last eight games against the Huskies.
Taking Care of Home Court
Washington State has been on one of the best stretches in program history at Beasley Coliseum, as the Cougars have won eight of its last nine games at homes dating back to last season. The lone loss in that stretch came against the defending national champions Stanford on Jan. 2 of this year.
Opening Quarter Defense
Washington State held Oregon State to six points in the first quarter in Wednesday's win over the Beavers. The six points allowed is tied for the fewest points scored against the Cougars in an opening frame in program history. Ironically, it is tied with the six-point first quarter that Cal put up against Washington State back on Dec. 31 of this season.
Washington State's climb up the NET ranking continues, as the Cougs come into Friday's game at No. 60. The NET is a system used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to determine at-large bids and seeding.
Sharing the Wealth
Washington State had four of its five starters score double-digit points in the win over Oregon State. Junior Johanna Teder scored a game-high 17 points, while redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker and junior Bella Murekatete had 11 points each. Senior Ula Motuga rounded out the group with a 10-point outing. It is the first time that WSU has had four starters score 10-or-more points since Jan. 1, 2021, at Utah.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington comes into this weekend's Boeing Apple Cup series looking for its first Pac-12 win of the season, as the Huskies are currently 0-4 in the league. UW is 5-7 overall in its first season with head coach Tina Langley and is riding a four-game losing streak into Pullman.
Junior Haley Van Dyke lead the Huskies in scoring at 11.0 points per game. The 6-1 forward is shooting 39.7 percent from the field. She is coming off a weekend where she just scored eight total points against the Oregon schools. 6-9 senior Nancy Mulkey is averaging 10.3 points per game on a team-best 49.5 shooting percentage. Van Dyke leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 caroms per game, while Mulkey's 6.2 boards per game is second-best on the team. Sophomore Lauren Schwartz is also boasting a double-digit scoring average in Pac-12 play, as she is putting up 10.5 points per game through four league contests.
As a team, Washington is averaging a league-low 56.7 points per game this season. The Huskies are shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from behind the arc. Teams are putting up 58.8 points per game against UW, while posting a 37.8 shooting percentage against the Huskies.
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