Cougs Set for Senior Day
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team will take to Friel Court for the final time in the 2021-22 season Sunday, Feb. 20, as the Cougars host No. 8/7 Arizona. Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum is set for 12 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
WASHINGTON STATE (17-8, 9-5 Pac-12) vs. No. 8/7 Arizona (19-4, 9-4 Pac-12) | Sunday, Feb. 20 | 12 p.m. PT | Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
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>> Sunday will be Senior Day at Beasley Coliseum, as Washington State will celebrate the careers of Michaela Jones, Shir Levy and Krystal Leger-Walker. The trio will be honored in an on-court pregame ceremony prior to tip-off.
>> The Cougars come into Sunday's matchup seeking their 10th Pac-12 win of the season, which would tie the program record for most Pac-12 wins in a single season. The 1990-91 squad set the WSU record for most Pac-12 wins in a season with 10. WSU has won nine Pac-12 games five times in program history, with the most recent coming in the 2020-21 campaign.
>> WSU will also be searching to tie the program record for most wins in a season in the NCAA era, as the Cougars will be going for their 18th victory. The last time WSU won 18 games came during the 1990-91 season. The program record for most wins in a season is 21, which was set during the 1978-79 campaign.
>> Washington State looks to snap a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats this Sunday. Arizona leads the all-time series 40-30, but Washington State has won eight of the last 15 games in the series. The Cougars last win over Arizona came back on Jan. 10, 2021, with a 71-69 win in overtime. The Wildcats won the previous meeting between the two schools this season, taking a 60-52 win in Tucson.
>> The Cougars are 0-5 this season against teams in the top-25. WSU has played three contests this season against top-10 foes: No. 5/4 NC State (62-34), No. 2/3 Stanford (82-44) and No. 4/5 Arizona (60-52).
Finishing Strong at Home
Washington State will be looking to put the finishes touches on one of the best seasons at home in program history. WSU is 10-2 this season at Beasley Coliseum. The 10 wins at Beasley Coliseum is the most in program history in a single season at the Cougar's current homestead and is the third-most home wins in a single season in WSU history. The Cougs split home games between Bohler Arena and Beasley Coliseum until the 2000-01 season. The last time WSU won double-digit home contests in a campaign happened in 1994-95 when the Cougars won 11 home games. The program record for most wins at home in a regular season in the NCAA era is 12, which came during the 1990-91 season.
Ethridge is Racking Up the Wins
Head coach Kamie Ethridge's 49 wins at WSU is the most by a Cougar head coach through their first four seasons in program history.
WSU heads into the weekend with a NET ranking of 65. 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 their NET this Sunday against Arizona, as the Wildcats currently hold a NET ranking of 11.
Bella's Heating Up
Junior Bella Murekatete heads into Sunday's contest against Arizona having scored double-digit points in four of her last five contests. Murekatete is averaging 11.8 points per game over the stretch and has scored 10-or-more points in each of her last three games.
Scouting the Wildcats
Arizona heads to the Palouse with a 19-4 overall record and a 9-4 mark in league play. The Wildcats are coming off a 51-42 victory at Washington this past Friday. Arizona entered the week ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, while the Wildcats were No. 7 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll.
Senior Cate Reese lead the Wildcats in scoring at 14.8 points per game. Reese is shooting 45.0 percent from the floor and is pulling down a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Senior Shaina Pellington is also averaging double-digit points for Arizona this season, as she is averaging 10.9 per contest.
As a team, the Wildcats are averaging 69.9 points per contest and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Arizona is hitting 35.4 percent of its shots from behind the arc this season. Defensively, the Wildcats are limiting teams to 56.3 points per contests. Opponents are hitting 37.6 percent from the field against Arizona this season, while they are connecting on 32.5 percent from behind the arc. The Wildcats are forcing teams into 19.1 turnovers per game.
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