WSU Falls to No. 24/25 Oregon
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team opened its final home stand of the 2021-22 regular season with an 83-30 loss to No. 24/25 Oregon in Pac-12 Conference action on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Wednesday's contest against the Ducks served as the first contest in a five-game home stand to close out 2021-22 slate of games in Beasley Coliseum. With the loss, Washington State falls to 14-8 overall and 6-5 in Pac-12 play.
Junior Bella Murekatete paced the way for WSU, as the 6-3 post player nearly had a double-double with a nine-point, nine-rebound effort against the Ducks. Murekatete also had two blocks against the Oregon to move her into eighth place on WSU's all-time blocks list with 95. She needs four more blocks to move past Shalie Dheensaw (2011-15) for seventh place.
Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker followed Murekatete in the scoring column with eight points. She also dished out two assists to extend her consecutive assists game streak to 87-straight games.
Oregon shot 50.8 percent from the field and held a 32-12 edge in points in the paint. Washington State ended the contest shooting 17.5 percent from the floor. The Ducks led from beginning to end in Wednesday's contest.
Head coach Kamie Ethridge on the Result
"Congrats to Oregon. They are hard to guard and have great weapons all over the floor and we never figured out how to guard them. We got really out of whack and missed a lot of early shots and that affected our confidence. We couldn't put any points on the board. It's disappointed, but we've got to move on. We have two big games coming up this weekend."
- Washington State is now 9-2 at home over its last 11 home games at Beasley Coliseum.
- With the loss to Oregon, WSU has dropped eight-straight decisions to Oregon and is now 19-72 all-time against the Ducks.
- Junior Bella Murekatete has now grabbed nine-or-more rebounds in three of her last six games.
- The Cougars won the opening tip for the 18th time this season.
Washington State returns to action this Friday, Feb. 11, when they take on UCLA. Tip-off against the Bruins is set for 7 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12-Network Los Angeles.