Basketball

WSU Women’s Basketball Finally Receiving Recognition, Ranked 25th After Upset Win

For the first time in program history, the team find its spot in the AP Top 25 poll. WSU is exceeding all expectations and more, after their 7-1 start, and going 5-1 through six conference games.

In a November 17th article by the Pac-12 Conference, WSU was picked to finish dead last in both the preseason media and coaches’ poll.

Head Coach Kamie Ehtridge was “surprised” to hear that the women’s basketball team had never been ranked before in program history.

Their No. 25 ranking spot was fueled by their come-from-behind victory against the seventh ranked Arizona Wildcats yesterday. The Leger-Walker sisters help propel the Cougs to the wild overtime, back-and-forth fight. The game was termed the “Win of the Week” by ESPN Women’s Hoops.

It is their first win against a top-10 opponent since the 2016-2017 season.

Charlisse Leger-Walker ended with 17 points (and the OT buzzer-beating layup), where Krystal Leger-Walker and Bella Murekatete also added 14 points, respectively.

For the fourth time this season, Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker earned Pac-12 freshman of the week honors.

After an 11-20 season and losing WSU’s all-time leading scorer Borislava (Bobi) Hristova, no one expected these fearless ladies to be second in the Pac. WSU also took down a ranked Oregon State team around a month ago. Their only loss in the season was against a strong Oregon team, where the Cougs lost by just four points.

Freshman Chalisse Leger-Walker is leading the Cougs in virtually all statistical categories. She is averaging 18.8 points, 4.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. Second in points per game are Krystal Leger-Walker and Ula Motuga, who are each averaging 10.8.

If the ladies haven’t proved themselves yet, their schedule does not get any easier. Upcoming, the Cougs are set to face USC, No. 8 UCLA, and then back-to-back games against No. 1 Stanford in Pullman.

Head Coach Kamie Ehtridge is trying to lead her women to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. It’s just too bad that Beasley cannot be packed for this lively team.

WSU heads to Los Angeles to battle USC (5-5) on Friday, at 4:30 PM.

(Photos via: WSU Athletics)

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