Cougs Reign in Seattle Continues with a 57-43 Win
SEATTLE – The Washington State women's basketball team collected its fourth-straight win over Washington in Seattle for the first time in 49 years on Sunday, Jan. 30, as the Cougars scored a 57-43 victory over the Huskies at the Alaska Airlines Arena to sweep the Boeing Apple Cup Series for the third time in the last four seasons.
Washington State used a stellar defensive effort against the Huskies to collect its fifth-straight win over UW for the first time in the NCAA era. The last time WSU won five-straight over Washington came during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons. Washington State forced Washington into 18 turnovers on Sunday, which lead to 22 points off turnovers for WSU. The win over Washington also improves head coach Kamie Ethridge's overall record to 7-1 against the Huskies.
Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker led the Cougars in scoring for the second-straight Boeing Apple Cup Series game this weekend, as the guard from New Zealand registered 19 points in the win. Junior Johanna Teder also posted double-digits in the scoring column, as she tallied 16 points, while knocking down four 3-pointers against the Huskies.
With the win, Washington State extends its winning streak to three games. The Cougars now stand at 13-6 on the year and 5-3 in Pac-12 Conference play.
Washington State used a 10-0 run late in the opening frame to erase an early six-point deficit. Teder capped off the first quarter by drilling a shot one step behind the halfcourt line to give WSU a 15-10 lead.
Teder's half-court heave sparked the Coug offense, as WSU scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take 22-10 advantage after a 3-pointer from redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker with 6:26 remaining in the frame. Washington State only managed one more bucket over the final six minutes of the second, as the Huskies were able to cut the Cougar lead to 24-21 at half.
The offensive drought continued into the third quarter for WSU, as Washington opened the frame on a 9-4 run to take a brief lead at 30-28. Teder drilled a deep 3-pointer from the wing to allow WSU to retake the lead and on the next possession Charlisse Leger-Walker sank another 3-point field goal to extend WSU's advantage to 34-30 midway through the third. Washington reclaimed a 1-point advantage late in the third, but the Cougs closed out the stanza with seven-straight points to take a 41-35 lead into the fourth.
It was all Cougs in the day's final quarter. Washington State expanded its lead to has high as 16 points in the frame before leaving Alaska Airlines Arena with a 14-point victory and their second-straight Boeing Apple Cup Series sweep.
WSU head coach Kamie Ethridge on the Win
"I'm beyond excited for this team. We had a horrible travel day yesterday, and it was so impressive the maturity and disposition our team showed having to go through that. That tells me a lot about our program and our players to overcome adversity over that. It translates into games We weren't perfect. Emotionally we lost some momentum that allowed them to come back. I'm proud of the reaction and competitiveness of this team. We're growing and developing every single game."
- WSU has now swept the season series against UW for the second-straight season and for the third time in four seasons.
- The Cougars have now won eight of the last 10 games against the Huskies
- Washington State improves to 7-1 all-time against Washington under head coach Kamie Ethridge.
- The Cougars have now won five-straight games over the Huskies for the first time since 1971-72 and 1972-73.
- WSU has now won four-straight road games against Seattle. It marks the first time since 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons that the Cougars have collected four-straight wins over the Huskies in Seattle.
- Charlisse Leger-Walker's 18-point performance gives the guard her fourth-straight double-digit scoring performance against the Huskies.
- With 16 points today, junior Johanna Teder has now scored 10-or-more points against Washington in three-straight games.
- Washington State has now collected three-straight Pac-12 Conference wins.
Washington State will remain on the road next weekend, as the Cougars head east to the Rocky Mountains to play Utah and Colorado. The Cougars will first battle the Buffaloes this Friday, Feb. 4, in Boulder. Tip-off against Colorado is set for 6 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.