Cougs Pick Up 17th Win of the Season with a Victory of Arizona State
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team got a 20-point performance from junior Johanna Teder Friday, Feb. 18, as the Cougars scored a 65-58 victory over Arizona State at Beasley Coliseum.
Teder knocked down a team-best four 3-point field goals in the win over the Sun Devils en route to a her second 20-point outing of the season. The Tartu, Estonia native shot a blistering 57.1 percent from behind the arc on Friday, while her four trifectas against ASU ties her season high for most 3-pointers made in a game.
With the win, Washington State improves to 17-8 overall on the year and 9-5 in Pac-12 play. The 17 wins this season is tied for the second-most victories in a single season for WSU in the NCAA era, Meanwhile, the nine Pac-12 victories are tied for the second-most league wins in program history.
Teder was one of three WSU players to score double-digit points in the win over ASU, as sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker registered 13 points and junior Bella Murekatete tallied 12 points. Leger-Walker also dished out a game-best five assists. while Murekatete pulled down a team-high six rebounds in the victory.
The Cougs lead for nearly 34 minutes of game time in Friday's win. WSU held a two-point advantage over Arizona State at 44-42 heading into the night's final quarter. Washington State got back-to-back buckets from Murekatete to open the fourth and take a 48-42 lead with 8:49 left to play. Arizona State closed the gap, as a 6-0 run by the Sun Devils pulled ASU even at 48-all with 6:37 remaining.
Teder responded to the ASU run with a 3-point field goal that sparked a 6-0 run for the Cougs to push their lead back out to 54-48 at the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter. WSU had an answer for every Sun Devil punch down the stretch, as the Cougars were able to snap their 11-game losing streak to ASU with a seven-point victory at Beasley.
Washington State shot a blistering 52.2 percent in the win over Arizona State. The Cougars shot an astounding 87.5 percent in the fourth quarter, as WSU went 7-of-8 from the field in the stanza.
WSU Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Win
I'm thrilled about this win. (ASU) is a dangerous team. Arizona State is really good, and they can hurt you in a lot of ways. Anytime a game is in the 50's, any team can win. We had some turnovers and they were great about using their timeouts to stop our momentum. We were really fortunate to have a really good fourth quarter that separated ourselves from a team that has found ways to win a lot of those types of games. I'm proud of this team and excited we've got (17) wins. This is good for our resume and we want to keep building on it."
- Washington State collects its first win over Arizona State since an 85-78 victory in Pullman back on Jan. 3, 2014.
- Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker scored her 1,000th collegiate point with a free throw in the fourth quarter.
- Washington State improves to 10-2 at home this season.
- WSU has now won 12 of its last 14 home games dating back to last season.
- Friday's win over Arizona State marks the third time this season WSU has beaten a team that was earning votes in either the Associated Press or USA Today/WBCA Top-25 polls.
- Junior Johanna Teder recorded her second 20-point performance of the season. It is also the fourth time during her WSU career she has eclipsed the 20-point plateau.
- With her 13-point performance, sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker has now scored double-digit points in 43 of her 49 career games at WSU.
- Junior Bella Murekatete extends her double-digit scoring streak to three games with tonight's 12-point outing.
- With 17 wins this season, Washington State is now one win shy of tying the program record for most victories in a season in the NCAA era.
Washington State closes out the home portion of the 2021-22 regular season Sunday, Feb. 20, as the Cougars host No. 8/7 Arizona for Senior Day. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Network. WSU will be honoring Krystal Leger-Walker, Michaela Jones and Shir Levy prior to Sunday's contest. Fans are encouraged to arrive at Beasley early Sunday to help celebrate the careers of these three Cougs.