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Cougs Continue Home Stand this Friday against UCLA

Feb 10, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team continues its five-game home stand this Friday, as the Cougars host UCLA for a Pac-12 Conference battle. Tip-off against the Bruins is set for 7 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON STATE (14-8, 6-5 Pac-12) vs. UCLA (10-7, 5-5 Pac-12) | Friday, Feb. 11  | 7 p.m. PT | Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
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STARTING FIVE
>> Friday's contest is the second of five-straight home games at Beasley Coliseum. Washington State opened the home stand with an 83-30 loss to No. 24/25 Oregon this past Wednesday. The Cougars come into Friday's game sporting a 14-8 record overall and a 6-5 mark in Pac-12 play.

>> Washington State will be looking to extending its home winning streak against ranked opponents to 10-straight games this Friday against UCLA. WSU has won nine of its last 11 home games, with the lone losses coming against No. 2/3 Stanford and No. 24/25 Oregon.

>> It will be the 69th time that Washington State and UCLA will meet on the hardwood. The Bruins defeated WSU earlier this season with a 71-58 victory at Pauley Pavilion back on Jan. 16 to extended their lead in the all-time series to 59-9. The Cougars will be looking to make it two-straight wins over the Bruins in Pullman, as Washington State knocked off then-No. 5/4 UCLA, 67-63, last season at Beasley.

>> WSU will be seeking its 15th win of the season this Friday. Washington State has won 15-or-more games in a season seven times in the NCAA era, with the last time coming during the 16-win 2016-17 campaign. The Cougars are within striking distance of the program's record for most wins in a season in the NCAA era of 18 , which was set by the 1990-91 team.

>> Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker was named a top-10 finalist for the 2022 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which goes to the nation's top shooting guard. Leger-Walker becomes the second WSU player in program history to be named a top-10 finalist for a National Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Starting Five Award, as Borislava Hristova was a top-10 finalist for the 2019 Cheryl Miller Award.

Taking Care of Beasley
Beasley Coliseum has become a tougher place for opponents to play at over the last couple of seasons. The Cougars are 7-2 this season at Beasley and 14-7 over the last two seasons. The Cougs have won at least seven games at home in each of the last three seasons.

Racking Up Pac-12 Wins
Washington State will be seeking its seventh Pac-12 win of the season this Friday against UCLA. The Cougars have won seven-or-more league games in a season six previous times, with the last coming when the 2020-21 team won nine Pac-12 games. The program record for most Pac-12 wins in a season is 10, which came during the 1990-91 campaign.

Kiwi Domination
Washington State's New Zealand sister duo has once again taken the Pac-12 by storm this season. Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker currently leads the conference in points scored with 365, which is the 69th-most points scored in the NCAA this season. Meanwhile, redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker paces the Pac in assists with 99. Her 99 assists are the 58th-most collected by a player in NCAA Division I this season.

Moving Up WSU's All-Time Blocks List
Junior Bella Murekatete is rapidly moving up Washington State's all-time blocks list. Her 95 career blocks recently moved her past Sage Romberg (93; 2010-14) for eighth on WSU's all-time blocks list. Murekatete is only four blocks away from passing Shalie Dheensaw (2011-15) for seventh. Murekatete's career blocks per game average of 1.6 is tied for third-best in program history with Bianca McCall (2002-04) and Carly Noyes (2010-13).

Scouting the Bruins
UCLA comes to the Palouse sporting a 10-7 overall record and a 5-5 mark in Pac-12 Conference games. The Bruins recently ended a three-game losing streak with a 59-54 win over California this past Sunday in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins feature a quartet of double-digit scorers, led by junior guard Charisma Osborne's 16.9 points per game. Osborne scored a game-high 25 points in UCLA's win over WSU in Los Angeles back on Jan. 16. Graduate student Ilmar'l Thomas follows with her 15.8 points per game average, while fellow grad transfer Jaelynn Penn is putting up 13.1 points per game. Fifth-year senior Natalie Chou rounds out the group of double-digit scores for the Bruins, as she is averaging 11.2 points per game.

As a team, UCLA is averaging 68.2 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor. The Bruins are also connecting on 33.5 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Teams are putting up 61.5 points against the Bruins this season. Foes are shooting 38.3 percent from the floor against UCLA this season, while connecting on 36.7 percent of their shots from deep.

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