WSU women’s basketball in Hawaii

Cougs to play Cougs in Hawaii, take on Trojans of Troy



WSU guard Charlisse Leger-Walker shoots a 3-pointer during an NCAA women’s basketball game against LMU, Nov. 7.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

WSU women’s basketball (3-0) is kicking off Thanksgiving break early with a trip to Hawaii for the North Shore Classic. A regular season tournament hosted by BYU on its BYU Hawaii campus.

The Cougs will face a BYU team that traveled from its flagship campus in Provo, Utah to Laie, Hawaii to host the tournament.

When the WSU Cougars play the BYU Cougars, it will be their 13th meeting with the all-time series even at 6-6.

The incorrect Cougs won their last meeting 71-63 in Provo.

This season, BYU (0-3) is off to a rough start. They have slid against the likes of Colorado State (losing by 20), Montana State (losing by nine) and Oklahoma (losing by 11).

BYU’s loss to Oklahoma was perhaps its most tragic yet. The Cougars led by at much as 11 points during the game until a Sooners’ resurgence resulted in a 16-6 Oklahoma run in the final three minutes of the game, according to the Daily Universe.

On Monday, WSU will wrap up the North Shore Classic with a game against Troy (2-2).

Troy began its season with two straight wins against Samford and UT Martin but against superior competition has faltered. The Troy Trojans lost to the San Francisco Dons 84-73, constantly working from behind. When Wazzu beat San Francisco, they did so by overcoming a 15-point halftime deficit to win 69-63.

Another collapse by the Dons would have doomed their season as they kept the Trojans at bay throughout the game, even when they got as close as three points throughout the game.

The Trojans are four games into a seven-game road trip to start their season.

Through those four games, transfer Tai’Sheka Porchia has produced for the Trojans scoring 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Porchia played at Angelina College and Pensacola Junior College before finding her way to Troy. She has been an impact player for the Trojans.

Felmas Koranga has failed to live up to expectations as an All-Sun Belt player. She has scored only six points in the previous three-game as of Thursday, according to The Messanger.

WSU has been on fire to start the season with two blowout wins and the fourth-largest comeback in program history (overcoming a 15-point deficit versus San Francisco). However, those blowout wins came against two smaller programs in Loyola Marymount and Prairie View A&M. BYU and Troy should provide San Francisco-level tests to the Cougs.

WSU cannot afford to crank out historical comebacks every time they face greater competition.

They will need to run a smooth offense that gets all five players involved and gets at least four players scoring in double figures if they wish to find the level of success that Cougar fans largely believe this two-time NCAA Tournament team can achieve.

Players to watch:

Charlisse Leger-Walker: Leger-Walker had a monster first week of her season averaging 25 points per game and scoring a total of 59 points over her last two games.

Leger-Walker was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and enters the second week of the season playing her best basketball with a stellar three-point shot.

Tara Wallack: Fresh off a career-high 20-point day, Wallack is someone head coach Kamie Ethridge has praised as growing a lot over the last year.

The Cougars will clash with the Cougars at 5 p.m., Friday and with the Trojans at 5 p.m., Monday.