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Cougs Collect Comeback Win in OT Against the Huskies

Jan 28, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Forty minutes wasn't enough to decide a winner in game one of this weekend's Boeing Apple Cup Series, as the Washington State women's basketball team erased a nine-point deficit against the Washington in the fourth quarter to force an extra stanza and captured a 60-56 overtime win in Beasley Coliseum over the rival Huskies.

Senior Ula Motuga sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the top of the key with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 50-50 all. WSU's defense held strong in the closing seconds of regulation, as UW missed a layup in the paint with a second left on the clock.

The Cougs got some clutch free throw shooting from redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker and junior Bella Murekatete in the extra stanza, as the duo helped Washington State go a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in overtime. Tied at 56-all, Murekatete hit a pair of free throws to snap the tie and give WSU a two-point lead with 44 seconds remaining.

Washington had a chance to tie the game at the charity strip on other end, but the Huskies went 0-for-2 at the line and freshman Tara Wallack was able to corral in the rebound and call a timeout before the UW defense could lock in on guard. Leger-Walker was fouled out of the timeout and calmly hit two free throws to extend the Cougar lead out to 60-56 with 13 ticks left on the clock. in On the ensuing possession, Washington missed a 3-point attempt and Motuga pulled down the rebound to give WSU a four-point come-from-behind victory.

Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 18 points to lead a trio of double-digit scorers for the Cougs. 15 of Leger-Walker's game-high 18 points came in the second half. The guard from New Zealand was followed by her sister Krystal Leger-Walker on the score ledger, as she collected 14 points and dished out a team-high three assists. Junior Johanna Teder rounded out the group with a 10-point effort against the Huskies. Murekatete flirted with a double-double in Friday's victory, as she pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds, while adding eight points to her line.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 12-6 overall on the year and 4-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. WSU has now won four-straight games over UW for the first time in the NCAA era. The last time Washington State won four-straight games over Washington came 47 years ago during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, when the Cougs won five-straight games over the Huskies.

Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Win
"Washington is a very difficult team to scout in one day, with the action that they run. I think we are really fortunate to come away with a win. We found some ways to win the game late. I'm excited for our team and I'm excited just to pull this out. There is a lot of positives that we can take from it, with the knowledge that we have to be better on Sunday."

Coug Notes
- With the win, Washington State improves to 6-1 against Washington under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
- Washington State's 12 wins this season matches last season's win total. The Cougars have seen their win total improve each season under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
- The Cougars have now won nine of their last 10 games at Beasley Coliseum.
- With her 18-point performance, Charlisse Leger-Walker has now scored double-digit points in 37 of her 42 career games with Washington State.
- Krystal Leger-Walker dished out three assists to extend her consecutive assist streak to 83 games.

Up Next
The Boeing Apple Cup Series now heads west to Seattle, as the Cougars and the Huskies will run it back this Sunday, Jan. 30. Tip-off from the Alaska Airlines Arena is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Washington.