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Cougs head to Hawaii this Friday to face BYU in the North Shore Showcase

Nov 16, 2022

LAIE, Hawaii – The Washington State women's basketball team heads to the Hawaiian Islands this week to play in the North Shore Showcase hosted by Global Sports and Events. The Cougars will open the Showcase this Friday, Nov. 18, against BYU in Laie, Hawai'i. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. PT.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. BYU (0-3, 0-0 WCC) | Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 | 5 p.m. PT | BYU-Hawai'i
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STARTING FIVE
>> The Cougars will play two games at the North Shore Showcase. All games will be played at BYU-Hawai'i and will be streamed via subscription on BeTheBeast.com. Washington State opens the Showcase Friday, Nov. 18, against BYU. Tip-off against the Cougars from Provo is set for 5 p.m. PT. WSU will then take on Troy Monday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. PT. There will be no radio broadcast for the North Shore Showcase.

>> Friday's game against BYU will be the 13th meeting all-time between the two schools, however, it will be the first time that Washington State and BYU will meet in a neutral site. The series, which dates back to Dec. 7, 1979, is all tied up at 6-6. Brigham Young defeated WSU last season in Provo, 71-53.

>> Washington State will be heading to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time since the 2015-16 season, when the Cougars played in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. WSU went 2-0 with wins over Nevada and Hawai'i. This will be the ninth time that Washington State will head out to Hawai'i. The Cougars are 11-10 all-time in games in the Hawaiian Islands.

>> WSU will be looking to move to 4-0 to open the 2022-23 season. The Cougars have began three of the last four seasons at 4-0 under Head Coach Kamie Ethridge, including last season.

>> Junior Charlisse Leger-Walker tied Jeanne Eggart's program record for quickest to 1,000 points, as she Leger-Walker recorded her 1,000th career point at WSU in her 57th career game this past Sunday in Beasley Coliseum against Prairie View A&M. Leger-Walker is the 21st WSU women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points as a Cougar.

Game Coverage
Friday's contest against BYU will be streamed online via a subscription on BeTheBeast.com. There will be no radio stream of either WSU game at the North Shore Showcase. For live updates of each game, follow @WSUCougarWBB on Twitter.

Pac-12 Player of the Week
Junior Charlisse Leger-Walker earned the season's first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, after leading the Pac-12 in scoring during the opening week of the 2022-23 regular season at 25.0 points per game. Leger-Walker shot a blistering 52% from the field in three Cougar wins, while dishing out the second-most assists in the Pac-12 last week with 16. Leger-Walker scored a career-high 35 points in Friday's come-from-behind win at San Francisco, then she went on to record her 1,000th career point on Sunday in a 24-point effort in a victory over Prairie View A&M.

It is Leger-Walker's second career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, and her ninth overall conference weekly award after being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a program record seven times in 2020-21. Leger-Walker is the first WSU player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week since Johanna Teder earned the distinction back on Feb. 21. 2021.

Leger-Walker Named to the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List
On Tuesday, Charlisse Leger-Walker was named to the 2022-23 Wooden Award Preseason Watch List. Leger-Walker was one of 50 players to be named to the prestigious watch list. It is her second time on the Wooden Award watch list, as she was also named to the preseason list last season.

Leading the Pac-12
Charlisse Leger-Walker enters Friday's contest as the Pac-12 Conference's leading scorer at 25.0 points per game. Her 25.0 ppg average ranks 14th in all of NCAA Division I. Meanwhile, Leger-Walker's 75 total points scored led the Pac and are the third-most points scored in NCAA this season.

Putting Up the Points
Washington State scored 39 points in the third quarter in Sunday's win over Prairie View A&M. The 39 points scored sets a WSU record for most points scored in any quarter in program history.

Double-Double for Bella
Senior Bella Murekatete posted her first double-double of the season in Sunday's win over Prairie View A&M with an 11-point, 11-rebound performance. She is one of the 34th players in NCAA Division I to record at least one double-double this season. Murekatete now has six double-doubles in her WSU career.

A 20-Point Performance
Sophomore Tara Wallack recorded her first career 20-point game this past Sunday against Prairie View A&M, as the 6-2 guard scored a career-high 20 points. Wallack is the second WSU player to have a game with 20-or-more points this season, joining Charlisse Leger-Walker who has achieved the feat twice so far this year.

Scouting the Cougars
BYU heads to the Hawaiian Islands looking for its first win, as the Cougars are 0-3 on the year. BYU is coming off a 77-66 loss at home to No. 16 Oklahoma this past Tuesday. The Cougars are coming off a season that saw them win the West Coast Conference and earn an at-large bid into the 2022 NCAA Tournament. BYU is in the first season under Head Coach Amber Whiting.

The Cougars have a lot of pieces to replace from last season's NCAA Tournament. Nani Falatea leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Cougars, as the guard is averaging 15.0 points per game. Lauren Gustin, a starter on last season's team, is BYU's top scorer and rebounder, as the 6-2 post is averaging 13.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. Arielle Mackey-Williams and Kaylee Smiler round out the double-digit scoring for BYU at 12.5 and 11.5 points per game respectively.

BYU is scoring 62.7 points per game through three contests this season. The Cougars are shooting 39.6 percent from the floor while hitting 35.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Defensively, BYU is allowing 76.0 points per game to the opposition. Foes are shooting 41.7 percent from the floor against the Cougars this season and 38 percent on 3-point attempts.

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