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Women's Basketball Heads to the Mountains for a Battle with Colorado

Feb 2, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. – The Washington State women's basketball team heads to the Rocky Mountains looking for its fourth-straight win this Friday, Feb. 4, as the Cougars take on Colorado in Pac-12 Conference action. Tip-off against the Buffalos is set for 6 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE (13-6, 5-3 Pac-12) at Colorado (14-5 3-5 Pac-12) | Friday, Feb. 4  | 6 p.m. PT | Boulder, Colo. (CU Events Center)
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Starting Five
>> Washington State hits the road this week for its second-to-last road trip of the 2021-22 regular season. The Cougars will be heading east to the Rocky Mountains to take on Colorado this Friday, Feb. 4, and Utah on Sunday, Feb. 6. WSU has won three-straight games, which has the Cougars sporting a 13-6 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Pac-12 play.

>> The Cougs will be seeking their third different four-game winning streak of the 2021-22 season when they take on Colorado this Friday. WSU opened the year by winning four-consecutive games, then came back to win its next four games after suffering its first loss of the season to then No. 5/4-ranked NC State. The last time Washington State won four-straight Pac-12 games came back during the 2013-14 season, when the Cougs opened league play with five-straight wins.

>> WSU and Colorado will be meeting for the 21st time on the hardwood. Washington State leads the all-time series 12-8. The two schools had only meet twice prior to Colorado joining the Pac-12 in 2011, as the first game was played back on Jan. 10. 1985 in Boulder. The Buffalos won the last meeting, 60-57, back on Feb. 19, 2021 in Pullman, but Washington State has won six of the last nine games in the series. 

>> The Cougars are 5-4 on the road this season, while they have won two of their last three Pac-12 games on the road. Washington State is 2-7 all-time at Colorado, however the Cougars did knock off the Buffalos in Boulder last season, 76-63.

>> Last Sunday's win over Washington gave Washington State its 13th win of the season, surpassing the win total of last season's NCAA Tournament team. WSU has seen its win total improve each season under head coach Kamie Ethridge. Ethridge's 45 wins are the most by a fourth-year WSU head coach in the NCAA era, and the second-most all-time behind Sue Durrant's 52 wins.

Teder Stepping Up
Junior Johanna Teder has elevated her offensive game of late and it has helped out the Cougars in a big way. The guard from Estonia is averaging 14.4 points per game over her last five contests and has scored 10-or-more points in four of her last five outings. WSU is 7-0 this season when Teder scores 10-or-more points.

Winning The Tip
Washington State has won the opening tip in 16 of its 20 games this season. The Cougars are 12-4 when winning the opening tip.

Oppressing the Opposition
Washington State has featured one of the nation's most tenacious defenses this season. The Cougars head into the weekend ranked 51st in the nation in scoring defense, as WSU is allowing teams to score just 57.7 points against them per game. The Cougars have held teams under 64 points in all but four games this season. WSU is a perfect 12-0 this season when holding teams under 60 points.

NET Ranking
Washington State enters this weekend with a NET ranking of 60. The NET is a formula used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to determine at-large bids and seeding. WSU has a chance to drastically improve its NET ranking this weekend the road, as Colorado has a NET of 34 and Utah boast a NET of 18.

Scouting the Buffaloes
Colorado has cooled off a bit since opening the year with 13-straight wins, which propelled them into both of the top-25 polls for a few weeks. The Buffaloes enter this weekend with a 14-5 overall record and a 3-5 mark the in Pac-12. Colorado has dropped five of its last six games heading into Friday's contest.

Fifth-year senior Mya Hollingshed leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She has scored double-digit points in eight of her last 10 games, which includes a season-high 28 points in her last outing at Utah this past Sunday. Junior Quay Miller, who transferred from Washington, has provided a spark off the bench for CU this season by averaging 11.3 points per game in 19.7 minutes per contest off the bench.

The Buffalos are averaging 67.7 points per game, while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. Colorado is shooting 30.8 percent from behind the arc and are pulling down 35.9 rebounds per game. Defensively, teams are putting up 56.7 points per game against Colorado. Foes are shooting 38.6 percent from the field against the Buffaloes and 30.9 percent from behind the arc.

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