WSU defeats Boise State

Cougars women’s basketball comeback to defeat Broncos in one-game homestand



WSU forward Ula Motuga (15) jumps for a layup during a college basketball game against the University of San Francisco in Beasley Coliseum, Dec. 3, 2021, in Pullman.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

The Cougars extended the win streak to four as the Cougars took care of business against the Broncos 62-55 and improved their overall record to 8-1. 

WSU now holds a 22-19 lead in the all-time series with Boise State. The Cougs are 10-4 all-time when hosting the Broncos and secured its sixth-straight win at Beasley. 

The Cougs have now won six straight games in Beasley Coliseum, the longest home-winning streak in program history. WSU is 13-1 over its last 14 games at home against nonconference opponents. The Cougars are also 14-4 against nonconference teams in Beasley Coliseum with Kamie Ethridge as head coach for the Cougars. Charlisse Leger-Walker, Krystal Leger-Walker and Bella Murekatete all scored in double digits for the Cougars. 

Leading the way for the Cougars was once again Charlisse Leger-Walker earning 23 points. This is her fourth-consecutive game scoring in double digits. She also led the teams with three steals.

Entering Sunday’s game, she led the Pac-12 in steals (2.38) and minutes played (35.61) per game. In the first half, the guard only had four points. However,  in the second half, she had 19 points, earning 10 in the third quarter alone.

Krystal Leger-Walker had a season-high with 10 points, four rebounds and six assists which led the team. She shot the ball more confidently as the offense played at a fast pace, leaving Boise State’s defense confused at times.

As a team, the Cougars scored 30 points in the paint with Murekatete leading the way. She continues to prove her dominance each game and why she is one of the most improved players in the Pac-12. She was second in team points for the Cougars with 15 and had a team-high in rebounds earned with eight. 

“I think those are two key players for us,” Ethridge said about Murekatete and Krystal Leger-Walker. “I think Krystal set energy on the defensive end was a key player and those are three players maybe that I ask the specific question about who they wanted to be on a possession to possession.” 

Ula Motuga had a good game for the Cougars as well, securing six points, five rebounds and one assist. 

With Sunday’s win, the Cougars move to 8-1 for the second consecutive season. The last time that this was achieved was during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.

The Cougars hit the road next, as they face No. 18 BYU on Dec. 18.