Cougars set to face Colorado in Boulder

Cougs now 13-6, 5-3 in conference play



WSU guard Krystal Leger-Walker (4) jumps back while looking at the hoop during the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game against UW, Jan. 28, in Beasley Coliseum.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

WSU looks to climb over the Rockies against the Colorado Buffaloes this Friday night in Boulder, Colorado. 

The WSU women’s basketball team is coming off a two-game sweep against the Huskies in the Boeing Apple Cup. This was the fourth straight win against the Huskies in Seattle for the first time in 49 years. It was the third time in the last four seasons that this feat was accomplished by the Cougars. 

Charlisse Leger-Walker, the sophomore from Australia, led in scoring both games for the Cougars, putting up 18 points in the first game and 19 points in the second game. 

The Cougars are hitting stride at the right time, securing three straight Pac-12 conference wins. With their recent success, three Cougars are now ranked in the top five involving individual statistics for all of the Pac-12 conferences. Charlisse currently ranks fifth in the conference in points per game, averaging 16.6 points. Her sister, Krystal Leger-Walker, is ranked second for assists per game with 4.5 assists. Bella Murekatete has been quite dominant on the defensive end, ranking fourth in blocks and averaging 1.7 blocks per game. 

On the other end, Colorado ranks seventh in the Pac-12 Conference with a 14-5 record (3-5 conference record). They lost in last week’s matchup against the Utah Utes 78-67. 

It is essential for the Cougars to avoid foul trouble against the Buffaloes. Currently, Colorado ranks third in the conference for made free throws. Mya Hollingshed is Colorado’s leading scorer and ranks ninth in the Pac-12 for points scored, averaging 14.3 points per game. 

Winning this game will open a window for the Cougars in the Pac-12 Conference and bring the win streak to four straight conference wins. A victory in Boulder gives the Cougs potential to either stay tied or jump the No. 8 Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 standings.