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Leger-Walker scores her 1,000th Career Point in a Win over Prairie View A&M

Nov 13, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Charlisse Leger-Walker scored her 1,000th career point in historic fashion against Prairie View A&M on Sunday, Nov. 13, as the Washington State women's basketball team collected an 89-61 win over the Panthers in Beasley Coliseum as part of the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series.

Leger-Walker tied the Washington State women's basketball record for the quickest to 1,000 career points was WSU, as she accomplishes the feat in 57 career games, tying her with Jeanne Eggart. Leger-Walker scored a game-best 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and tied for the team lead with six assists, a mark that was matched by senior Johanna Teder. Her 24-point effort marked the 25th time that Leger-Walker has scored 20-or-more points in a game in her career.

Washington State used an efficient shooting performance to put away the Panthers and move to 3-0 on the year. The Cougars shot 53.8 percent from the floor in the 28-point victory. The Cougars have now shot over 50 percent from the floor in two of their first three games. The Cougars led Prairie View A&M for all but three minutes of game time on Sunday.

The Cougars put the game out of reach in the third quarter, as WSU scored 39 points in the frame to set a program record for the most points scored in any quarter. Washington State went on a 22-0 run midway through the third quarter, which saw WSU's lead expand from a 12-point advantage to a 34-point lead.

Sophomore Tara Wallack scored a career-high 20 points, as the guard shot a blistering 80 percent from the field, hitting eight of her 10 shots. Like Leger-Walker, Wallack filled up the stat sheet, as she dished out a career-best five assists and pulled down five rebounds.

Senior Bella Murekatete recorded Washington State's first double-double of the 2022-23 season, as the Lisa Leslie Award candidate scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of action. It is Murekatete's sixth career double-double. Fifth-year senior Ula Motuga chipped in 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for Washington State. Every player that played for WSU scored at least two points, which marks the second time in three games this season that the Cougars have had every player that played score in a contest.

Prior to Sunday's game, Washington State raised a banner to commemorate their 2021-22 run to the NCAA Tournament. It is the second-straight season that WSU earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament, while it is only the third time in program history that the Cougars have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday's game was also part of the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series, a first-of-its-kind allyship between the Pac-12 and SWAC pertaining to basketball scheduling between the Autonomy 5 and HBCU leagues but also places crucial emphasis on raising awareness for anti-racism and social justice initiatives. Washington State will be making the return trip to Prairie View A&M next season.

Head Coach Kamie Ethridge on the Win
"It's good to be 3-0 and it's good to play a different style of play. Everything was so easy at first for both teams and then when it got a little bit difficult, we struggled to gain momentum and keep it. Our starters had one of the most incredible third quarters and that was the most pleasing thing about the game. We really guarded and got after it on the offensive end. Not a perfect game by any means, I think there is a lot we can improve on."

Coug Notes
- Washington State moves to 3-0 on the year for the fourth-straight season. It is the first time in program history that WSU has opened up four consecutive seasons at 3-0.
- Senior Bella Murekatete scored double-digit points for the 33rd time in her WSU career, while she also posted double-digit boards for the 11th time as a Cougar.
- Sophomore Tara Wallack scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday's win. It is her sixth career game with 10-or-more points.
- Senior Ula Motuga registered 10 points, which marks her 25th career game with 10-plus points.
- WSU improves to 2-0 all-time against Prairie View A&M
- The 39-point performance in the third quarter for Washington State sets a program record for most points in any quarter in program history. The previous program record was 34 points, which was scored in the second quarter against San Francisco on Nov. 29, 2018.
- Charlisse Leger-Walker becomes the first 21st player to score 1,000 career points at Washington State. The last player to score 1,000 points in their career in a WSU uniform was Krystal Leger-Walker, who first started her career at Northern Colorado before transferring to the Cougs to close out her collegiate career. The last player to score 1,000 career points at Washington State was Chanelle Molina.

Up Next
Washington State will head to the Hawaiian Islands next week to participate in the 2022 Northshore Showcase. The tournament will be held in Laie, Hawai'i on the campus of BYU Hawai'i. The Cougars will take on BYU Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. PT, then will close out their stay in Hawai'i with a contest against Troy on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. PT. Check back with for a full preview of the 2022 Northshore Showcase.

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