The first two games of the Washington State women’s basketball season has seen the Cougars win twice and Charlisse Leger-Walker score 22 points twice.
The second time came Friday as the Cougars beat Northern Arizona 62-54 at Beasley Coliseum.
The guard from New Zealand was one of three Cougars in double figures. Bella Murekatete had 13 points and 15 rebounds and Krystal Leger-Walker had 13.
The Cougars (2-0) struggled to find their shot as they hit on.y 31.6% from the field, but they forced the Lumberjacks into 19 turnovers. Charlisse led the Cougars in steals with four.
“You’ve got to be happy with wins,” WSU coach Kamie Ethridge said. “We went small and finally found ways to string together a few possessions that separate us. I think we played a team that was a little hungrier than us and was really-well prepared.”
The Cougars used a 16-2 run that started with a Krystal three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to finally create some separation.
WSU led by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter before the Lumberjacks (0-1) from the Big Sky Conference.
“I think this will be a great learning lesson for us,” Ethridge said. “We’re not perfect. I think we can get a little bit better from watching this film. You have to be happy with being challenged like this early on.”
The Cougars have a break before playing at Idaho on Nov. 21.
Nina Radford scored 13 point to lead Northern Arizona.