Wazzu Weekly: Feb. 3, 2023

WSU women’s basketball host No. 2 Stanford, men’s basketball to face USC, No. 9 UCLA



WSU guard Kymany Houinsou and WSU center Adrame Diongue celebrate during an NCAA men’s basketball game against ASU, Jan 28.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

WSU women’s basketball will host Stanford, a team they have never beaten, WSU men’s basketball seeks to sweep two talented squads in LA and WSU swimming hosts Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse.

WSU women’s basketball received all of the honors this week. Kamie Ethridge was named coach of the week by ESPN, the team was named Team of the Week by the NCAA and Charlisse Leger-Walker was named one of 10 finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, reserved for the best player in NCAA Division-I women’s basketball each year. This is Leger-Walker’s second straight year being named one of 10 finalists.

The field will be narrowed to five finalists later in the season.

The WSU women’s basketball team celebrates a 3-pointer during an NCAA basketball game against UCLA, Jan. 22, 2023. at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.

Cougars clash with No. 2 Cardinal

The Cougs host No. 2 Stanford at 7 p.m. Friday at Beasley Coliseum. WSU is 0-71 all-time against Stanford.

But with the team fresh off setting a program first (two ranked road wins in one season) and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award finalist Leger-Walker back with the team, the Cougars are as ready as they will ever be.

WSU women’s basketball conquer Sun Devils in Tempe for first time in 10 years

WSU women’s basketball beats No. 19 Arizona

 Cougs to play a pair in Los Angeles

WSU men’s basketball flew south for a pair of rematches in the city of angels. The Cougs beat USC by 10 points in December. If they can sweep USC, they will be flying high ahead of their Saturday game with UCLA, a team they lost to in January, 67-66 after failing to make a single shot from the floor over the final seven minutes.

WSU swim to celebrate seniors in Battle of the Palouse

WSU swimming hosts Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse at 5 p.m. Friday at Gibb Pool. The Cougs will recognize their seniors prior to the meet.

WSU indoor track and field impress at two meets

WSU track and field set dozens of PRs over the weekend. They will host their final home meet of the indoor season at The Podium in Spokane Thursday–Saturday.

Showdown of the Cougars of WSU and BYU in tennis 

It’s Cougs versus Cougs this weekend in Provo, Utah. The Cougs lost two matches in Virginia to fall to 2-2. 

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WSU club hockey locks in playoff berth

For the first time in over five years, WSU’s club hockey team is headed to the Pac-8 Championships which will be hosted by Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

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That is all for this week. Be in Gibb Pool, at The Podium and / or Beasley Coliseum to support your Cougs. Thank you for reading and go Cougs!