PULLMAN — Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 22 points to lead the Washington State women’s basketball team to a 68-55 victory over Utah on Sunday.
The Cougars (10-10 overall, 8-10 Pac-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.
“It just feels good,” WSU coach Kamie Ethridge said. “It feels like we got reintroduced to the team we got used to seeing a lot of in January. We just hit a little bit of a wall, and it wasn’t any one thing we could point to. It felt like something was missing, but we really hammered home that we haven’t had the same kind of energy from top to bottom, both individually and collectively as a team.
“I wish I saw it a little bit sooner, but I loved the attention to detail that we had today.”
Bella Murekatete scored 12 points and Johanna Teder added 11 for WSU. Krystal Leger-Walker, Charlisse’s older sister, matched her career high with 11 assists.
“I loved the command of our defensive effort, and you saw a different Bella in the post,” Ethridge said. “She was a big presence for us today. Across the board, I thought our team was dedicated and committed to being successful today.”
Peyton McFarland led the Utes (5-15, 4-15) with 14 points.
WSU shot 42.1%, compared with 39.2% for Utah.
The Cougars took much better care of the ball. They made 10 turnovers, leading to 12 points for Utah. The Utes made 18 turnovers, leading to 25 WSU points.
The Cougars led 26-14 after the first quarter and were ahead by 22 in the fourth quarter.
WSU ends its regular season Sunday with a home game against Washington.