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Cougs claw Warriors in 64-40 exhibition win

Oct 30, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team got the 2022-23 season off to a hot start Sunday, Oct. 30, as the Cougars picked up a 64-40 win over Westmont in an exhibition contest at Beasley Coliseum.

In their lone exhibition game of the 2022-23 season, the Cougars got a standout performance from senior Bella Murekatete, who collected a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. The 26 points from the 6-3 center from Rwanda would've established a new career high in points had this been a regular season game. Murekatete hit 11 of her 15 shots from the field and added four assists to her stat line.

Washington State led for all but 20 seconds of Sunday's exhibition. WSU shot 45 percent from the field (27-of-60), while also collecting 20 assists as a team. The Cougars forced Westmont into 16 turnovers on the day, which turned into a 15-2 edge in points off turnovers for Washington State. The Cougars led by as many as 26 points over the Warriors before claiming the 24-point victory.

Sophomore Tara Wallack also recorded double-digit points in the exhibition win, as the 6-2 guard collected 11 points and dished out four assists. Junior Charlisse Leger-Walker filled out the stat sheet against Westmont, as the All-Pac-12 guard had nine points, eight rebounds, and a team-best six assists. Freshman Astera Tuhina was one of three freshmen to make their debut for Washington State in the exhibition, as she chipped in seven points and collected a team-high five steals.

Washington State Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Exhibition Win
"It's great to be back in the gym with the lights on. We're a work in progress with people being out of our lineup. We are two starters down and Charlisse just got back into town after being gone with New Zealand's national team. So, we've just been piecing together our team and trying to get our young players comfortable with what we're trying to do. I thought Westmont was good for us. They got into us a bit and got us out of rhythm. We're going to look back at playing this team and it's going to really help prepare us for this season."
Coug Notes
- Washington State played in its first game at Beasley Coliseum since Feb. 20, 2022, when WSU knocked off No. 8/7 Arizona, 72-67, on Senior Day.
- Today's contest marked the first-ever meeting between Washington State and Westmont in either an exhibition or regular season game.
- Senior Bella Murekatete's 26-point, 4-assist outing would've established new career highs in each category for the center.
- Kyra Gardner, Lauren Glazier, and Astera Tuhina each made their unofficial WSU debut in today's exhibition.
- Washington State outscored Westmont 38-12 in points in the paint
Next Up
Washington State kicks off the 2022-23 season on November 7, when the Cougars host Loyola Marymount at Beasley Coliseum. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 12 p.m. PT and will stream on the WSU Live Stream.