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Cougs Look to Sweep Trojans this Sunday

Feb 12, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team will be looking the bust out the brooms against Southern California, as the Cougars will be seeking a season sweep of the Trojans this Sunday, Feb. 13. Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on Pac-12 Network Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE (15-8, 7-5 Pac-12) vs. Southern Cal (10-12, 3-9 Pac-12) | Sunday, Feb. 13  | 12 p.m. PT | Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
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STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State will be looking for its second-straight win over a Los Angeles school this weekend, as the Cougars are coming off a thrilling 66-65 win over UCLA in Beasley Coliseum on Friday, Feb. 11. Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker converted a second-chance, old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Cougs the lead with 1.7 seconds remaining in the game. The win pushed WSU's overall record to 15-8 this season and to 7-5 in Pac-12 play.

>> The Cougars will be looking to complete the season sweep against Southern California, as Washington State picked up a 71-63 win over the Trojans back on Jan. 14 at the Galen Center. It was the program's eighth win over USC in Los Angeles. The last time Washington State won multiple games over USC in the same season came back during the 1998-99 campaign, when the Cougars swept the two-game season series against the Trojans.

>> Sunday's matchup will mark the 74th all-time meeting between Washington State and Southern Cal. The Trojans lead the series, 55-19, but the Cougars won the most recent matchup, taking a 71-63 decision back on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. WSU will be searching for its first home win over the Trojans since Jan. 8, 2017.

>> Friday's win over UCLA was Washington State's 15th victory of the season and guaranteed that the Cougars will finish the 2021-22 regular season with a winning record. It is the seventh time in program history that the Cougs have finished a regular season above .500, and the first since the 2014-15 campaign. Last season, Washington State finished the regular season at 12-11, then went on to lose in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament to end the 2020-21 campaign at an even 12-12.

>> WSU will be seeking its 16th win of the season this Sunday. Washington State has won 16-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 record for most wins in a season in the NCAA era of 18, which was set by the 1990-91 team.

Krystal's Closing in on 1,000 Career Points
Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker's season-high 22-point outing against UCLA on Friday has the point guard closing in on 1,000 career points. Leger-Walker needs only five more points to score 1,000 points in her collegiate career, which spans across two schools. The first 564 points of her career came during a three-year stint at Northern Colorado, while the guard has scored 431 points through 47 career games at Washington State.

Finding Her Stroke
Krystal Leger-Walker has seen her 3-point field goal percentage improve 5.1 percent over the last seven games, as she has seen her season shooting percent from behind the arc improve from 25.4 percent to 30.5 percent. During that span, Leger-Walker has hit 14 3-pointers during that stretch   

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 8-2 this season at Beasley and 15-7 over the last two seasons. The Cougs have won at least seven games at home in each of the last three seasons.

Collecting Pac-12 Wins
Washington State will be seeking its eighth Pac-12 win of the season this Friday against UCLA. The Cougars have won eight-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.

Scouting the Trojans
Southern California comes into Sunday's matchup sporting a 10-12 overall record and a 3-9 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. The Trojans collected a 70-59 win at Washington on Friday to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Sophomore Jordyn Jenkins leads the Trojans in scoring at 15.3 points per game. The 6-2 forward scored 29 points in Friday's win over the Huskies. Jenkins has scored 20-or-more points in each of her last four games. Graduate student Jordan Sanders' 11.6 points per game average is second-best on the team, while freshman Rayah Marshall is putting up 10.0 points and pulls down team-best 7.4 rebounds off the bench.

The Trojans are averaging 65.1 points per game, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. USC is connecting on 30.9 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Southern California is giving up 64.6 points per game, while foes are shooting 37.2 percent from the field against the Trojans.

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