Women’s basketball to host Beavers

WSU looks to improve to 3-0 against Oregon State after beating University of Washington, University of Idaho



Then-junior guard Chanelle Molina dribbles past Oregon State University then-senior guard Katie McWilliams on Jan. 27, 2019 at Beasley Coliseum. WSU lost the game 52-35.

DANIEL SHURR, Evergreen reporter

The Washington State women’s basketball team (2-0, 1-0) will host the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers (3-2, 1-2) on Dec. 19 at 12:00 p.m. PST in Beasley Coliseum.

After a dominant 74-55 win in their home opener against the Idaho Vandals on Sunday, the Cougars now prepare to take on their first ranked opponent of the year.

The Beavers are coming off back-to-back losses against No.7 Oregon and Utah.

WSU is still undefeated on the season through two games. Overall, the team is happy with its current production.

“I think our defense is really good,” head coach Kamie Ethridge said. “We have enough shooters, and Bella [Murekatete] has a presence in the post.”

So far this season, guard play has been a key part of this offense, as three of WSU’s top five scoring leaders are guards.

Freshman guard Charlisse Leger-Walker leads the team in scoring this year with 49 points in her first two games as a Cougar. She earned Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Week honors after a 29-point game and 18-point third quarter against the Vandals.

“It feels great knowing that coach and the team have my back to just allow me to go out there and do what I do,” said Leger-Walker.

Leger-Walker is playing alongside her sister, redshirt senior Krystal Leger-Walker, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Both the Leger-Walker sisters lead the team in assists and have been in the starting lineup for both of WSU’s games so far.

“What you see with those two, in particular, they’re great competitors, they have a little bit of a connection, they look for each other, I think it makes for great chemistry on our team,” Ethridge said.

Oregon State has been dominant on offense this year, as the Beavers have mustered 70 or more points in four of the five games that the team has played.

The majority of Oregon State’s points have come late. Of the 385 total points that the Beavers have scored this season, 227 of them have come in the second half of the action.

OSU also has three players that have recorded 60 or more points on the year, and four more that have at least 30 points to their name.

The Beavers are ranked second in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting, averaging 33 percent from downtown.

Defense has been where OSU struggles this year, allowing 70.2 points per game. Despite the Beavers’ struggles, they are still ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in defense, right behind WSU.

Despite being at home, the Cougars are underdogs, and the team acknowledges that the inconsistency shown in the previous two contests will not help to take down Oregon State.

“If we took the first half of the [University of Washington] game and the second half of the Idaho game, we would have a complete game,” Ethridge said.

The Cougars tip-off against the Beavers on Dec. 19 at noon and can be watched live on the Pac-12 Network.