Ethridge Named Pac-12 Coach of the Year by Media
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced Wednesday, March 2, that the media named Washington State Women's Basketball Head Coach Kamie Ethridge the 2021-22 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Ethridge guided WSU to new heights in her fourth season on the Palouse, as the Cougars are 19-9 and 11-6 in Pac-12 play this season. The 19 overall wins are the most by Washington State in a season in the NCAA era, while the 11 Pac-12 victories established a new program record for most conference wins in a season. WSU posted its highest finish ever in the Pac-12 standings this season, as the Cougars tied for second place with Oregon. The Cougs also earned the program's first bye in the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament, opening this year's tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Washington State has experienced unprecedented success under Ethridge. She guided WSU to its first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 30 seasons in 2020-21, as the Cougars picked up a No. 9 seed in the Mercado Region. Ethridge has the Cougs on track to return to the NCAA Tournament this season, which would mark the first time in program history that Washington State has gone to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. Ethridge has won a total of 51, which is the most wins by a fourth-year WSU coach.
Ethridge becomes the first Washington State coach to earn Pac-12 Coach of the Year since the 1990-91 season when the coaches gave the award to Harold Rhodes. She becomes the first WSU coach to be given the accolade via a media vote.
Sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker was named All-Pac-12 by the media for the second-straight season. Earlier this week Leger-Walker was selected to the All-Pac-12 team by the coaches.
Washington State begins its run in the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas at the Michelob ULTRA Arena. The Cougars earned the tournament's No. 3 seed and will take on the winner of No. 6-seed Utah and No. 11-seed California this Thursday, March 3, at 8:30 p.m. PT. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
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