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Cougs Open Final Home Weekend Friday Night against Arizona State

Feb 17, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team looks to keep pace in a tight race for a bye in the 2022 Pac-12 Women' Basketball Tournament, as the Cougars host Arizona State for a key Pac-12 Conference matchup Friday, Feb. 18. Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Network Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE (16-8, 8-5 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (RV) (12-9, 4-5 Pac-12) | Friday, Feb. 18 | 7 p.m. PT | Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
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STARTING FIVE
>> Washington State heads into its final home weekend of the 2021-22 regular season sporting a 16-8 overall record and an 8-5 mark in Pac-12 play. WSU heads into the weekend in possession of the No. 4 seed and the final first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament. Washington State has never earned higher than a No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament since its inception in 2002.

>> Friday's contest between WSU and ASU will mark the 68th matchup all-time between the two schools. Arizona State leads the all-time series 49-18, while the Sun Devils have won 11-straight games against the Cougars. The last Washington State win over ASU came back on Jan. 3, 2014, with an 85-78 victory at Beasley. WSU is 11-22 all-time against the Sun Devils in Pullman. The two teams were scheduled to play in Tempe back on Jan. 9, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

>> The Cougars will be seeking their 10th home win of the season when they take on Arizona State. WSU is 9-2 at Beasley Coliseum this season and has won 11 of its last 13 games on Friel Court dating back to last season. The last time Washington State won nine home games in a season came back during the 2016-17 campaign.

>> Washington State will be seeking its ninth Pac-12 win of the season when the Cougars take on Arizona State. Washington State's eight league wins this season is the third-most Pac-12 wins in a season in program history. The Cougars have won nine-or-more conference games in a season only five times in WSU history, with the most recent coming in the 2020-21 campaign. The program record for most Pac-12 wins in a season is 10, which was set during the 1990-91 season.

>> WSU will also be seeking its 17th victory of the season this Friday. The Cougars have won 17-or-more games in a season only five times in the NCAA era, with the most recent coming during the 2014-15 campaign. The program record for most wins in a season in the NCAA era is 18, set back in 1990-91. The all-time WSU record for most wins in a season is 21, which took place during the 1978-79 season.

Pink Game
Friday's contest against Arizona State will be the annual Pink Game as Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars will wear special pink shoes and shooting shirts to help raise breast cancer awareness. The first 250 fans in attendance will also receive a free Pink Game t-shirt. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking the link here.

NET Ranking
WSU heads into the weekend with a NET ranking of 68. The NET is an evaluation tool used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to determine at-large bids and tournament seeding. The Cougars have a chance to improve its NET this weekend against Arizona State and Arizona, as the Sun Devils currently have a NET of 38, while the Wildcats hold a NET ranking of 11.

Krystal Closing in on 1,000 Career Points
Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker only Needs four 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 432 points through 48 career games at Washington State.

Another 20-Point Outing
Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker recorded her ninth 20-point performance of the season in last Sunday's 57-54 home win over Southern California. It was also Leger-Walker's 21st career game with 20-or-more points. Leger-Walker set the WSU freshman record for most 20-point games last season with 12, while she is four games shy of tying Marcia Miles' WSU sophomore record for most games with 20-or-more points.

Sibling History
No sister duo has ever led the Pac-12 in total points and total assists in the same season. Washington State's backcourt sister duo of Krystal Leger-Walker and Charlisse Leger-Walker looks the become the first set of sisters to accomplish the feat. Charlisse leads the Pac-12 in points scored with 391, while Krystal is currently pacing the Pac-12 in total assists with 109. The Leger-Walkers are also seeking to become only the third set of teammates in Pac-12 history to lead the league in points and assists in the same season. The other two occasions happened at Oregon State during the 1994-95 campaign with Tanja Kostic (648 points) and Boky Vidic (176 assists) and in 2006-07 with Casey Nash (560 points) and Mercedes Fox-Griffin (180 assists).

Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State comes to the Palouse with a 12-9 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils had to forfeit Wednesday's contest at California due to travel issues. ASU is 1-5 on the road this season and is a combined 2-7 in games away from Tempe. Arizona State picked up votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls this week.

Senior Jade Loville leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 16.6 points per contest. Loville has scored double-digits in 16 of her 20 games played this season, which includes a pair of 30-plus point performances. The 5-11 guard is hitting 45.5 percent of her shots from the field, while Loville is connecting on 44.9 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts. Mael Gilles, a graduate transfer from Rutgers, also averages double-digit points at 10.2 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 caroms per contest.

As a team, ASU is averaging 64.5 points per game, while shooting 39.8 percent from the field. The Sun Devils are also converting on 30.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc this season. Defensively, Arizona State is allowing teams to score 59.0 points per game. Foes are shooting 39.9 percent against ASU this season, while they are knocking down 28.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc.

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