Games against Oregon schools postponed

WSU has now had four games postponed or canceled due to COVID-19



WSU guard Johanna Teder (21) dribbles the ball towards the basket during a college basketball game against the University of San Francisco in Beasley Coliseum, Dec. 3, 2021.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

WSU women’s basketball takes a break this weekend with games against Oregon and Oregon State postponed due to COVID-19 protocols involving the WSU program. 

Both games were arranged to be played at Beasley Coliseum. The Beavers were originally scheduled for Friday night, while the Ducks were originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars are currently ranked eighth in the Pac-12 with a 10-6 record (2-3 in the Pac-12). Most recently, WSU lost in a battle against the UCLA Bruins, 71-58. Despite the loss, sophomore Charlisse Leger-Walker showcased why she is one of the best scorers in the Pac-12, scoring 24 points against the Bruins. 

The Ducks are currently ranked second in the Pac-12 with a 10-5 record (2-1 in the Pac-12). The Beavers are currently seventh in the Pac-12 with a 8-4 record (1-1 in the Pac-12). 

Both Oregon schools earned wins against ranked opponents in their last games. The Ducks had an impactful win against the No. 9 UConn Huskies that helped move them up in the Pac-12 rankings and gain recognition around the nation. Oregon State won their last game in a close thriller against the No. 22 Colorado Buffaloes, 69-66. 

The Cougars are impactful in the Pac-12 with numerous Cougars in the top-10 for their respective stats. Charlisse Leger-Walker ranks in the top-10 in scoring (4th, averaging 16 ppg), steals (8th, averaging 1.94 per game) and minutes played (1st, averaging 36.42 per game). 

Bella Murekatete currently ranks eighth in rebounds with seven per game. Murekatete is specifically dominant on the offensive end for rebounds, ranking second in the Pac-12 with two offensive rebounds per game. Murekatete also ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in blocks with one block per game. 

Ula Motuga, the senior forward from Australia, is currently second in the Pac-12 for three-point field goal percentage. Motuga is currently 14-29 from behind the arc for a .483 average.

WSU, Oregon and Oregon State are working with the Pac-12 Conference to schedule the contests at later dates.