NASSAU, Bahamas – Charlisse Leger-Walker sophomore scored nine of her 13 points in the third quarter as the Washington State women’s basketball team ran a 25-8 run in the third quarter Thursday with a 62:47 win a 25: A 25-half tie broke against Miami (Fla.) At the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Tournament at the Baha Mar Convention Center.
“I think it’s just a building block for this young team, and a team that came on stage last year,” said WSU coach Kamie Ethridge. “We haven’t been outside of Pullman much this year, the first street game, in a neutral place, in a ballroom, great games before and after us with some of the best teams in the country here. I think there is a presence with our children and around them. And you can either step into that limelight and be a little scared or get a little nervous and you have to really get through that and somehow realize that you belong here and on this stage. I think we’re still learning that, but we’re happy that we got through some bad games and maybe some nervousness and found a way to win. “
Junior Guard Johanna Teder led the Cougars (4-0) with 15 points and added six rebounds, and Junior Center Bella Murekatete finished with 12 points and six rebounds. More of a power-forward role in that game, Leger-Walker had a career high of 15 rebounds, adding five assists for Washington State, which shot 24 of 51 out of the field (47.1 percent) and a 39- 27 rebound edge.
Karla Erjavec finished with 11 points for the Hurricanes (4-1), who only hit 16 of 54 (29.6 percent) out of the field.
The Cougars took the 18-9 lead after the first quarter when second center Jessin Jessica Clarke scored five points in the first seven minutes of the game.
However, Miami struck back in the second half, keeping Washington State goalless for the final 4:16 of the period in an 8-0 run that tied the game at break.
The newly minted guards Tara Wallack and Teder each hit 3-pointers in a span of 40 seconds to put the Cougars 34-27 in the lead. Then Leger-Walker took command. She converted a three-point game, made up a layup, and hit a free throw after about a minute and a half, followed by layups from Murekatete and Teder that put the Washington State lead to 44:31. Three more Cougar baskets towards the end of the period increased the lead to 18, and Washington State held a 50-33 lead from fourth.
“After the conversation at halftime, we knew it was going to be really aggressive all over the field and we just had to be a lot more disciplined with the ball,” said Leger-Walker. “The sales really killed us in the first half, so we could just take a little more time and really get into our sets and move the ball a little more (helped). And also being aggressive and getting the ball into the basket really got us going, I think. “
Miami couldn’t get any closer.
The Cougars will face their biggest test of the early season on Saturday at 3 p.m. Pacific when they finish at No. 5 Hit NC State.
Mbandu 0-3 0-0 0, Pendande 4-8 0-0 8, Erjavec 4-10 2-2 11, Gray 1-8 5-6 8, Marshall 3-12 0-0 7, Djaldi-Tabdi 0- 2 0-0 0, Johnson Sidi Baba 2-3 2-4 7, Dwyer 0-3 1-2 1, Roberts 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 2-4 1-2 5th overall 16-54 11- 16 47
Murekatete 4-8 4-4 12, C. Leger-Walker 5-12 3-4 13, K. Leger-Walker 4-8 0-0 8, Teder 6-10 1-1 15, Wallack 2-5 0- 0 5, Nankervis 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Sarver 0-0 1-2 1, Clarke 2-4 1-2 5, Team 0-0 0-0 0, total 24 -51 10-13 62
Washington Str. 18 7 25 12-62
3-point goals: Miami 4-20 (Johnson Sidi Baba 1-2, Erjavec 1-3, Gray 1-5, Marshall 1-5, Mbandu 0-1, Djaldi-Tabdi 0-1, Dwyer 0-1, Pendande 0-2), Washington St. 4-13 (Teder 2-6, Wallack 1-1, Jones 1-2, C. Leger-Walker 0-1, K. Leger-Walker 0-3). Rebounds: Miami 27 (Gray 5), Washington St. 39 (C. Leger-Walker 15). Templates: Miami 6 (Marshall 2), Washington St. 11 (C. Leger-Walker 5). Total fouls: Miami 11, Washington St. 12. A: N / A.