Oregon Ducks women’s basketball looks to bounce back against Washington State Cougars

The 24th-ranked Oregon Ducks will travel to Pullman for a matchup with the Washington State Cougars as their four-game road trip continues.

Oregon is halfway through its penultimate road trip of the regular season, and there has already been plenty of turbulence. The Ducks were badly burned on their journey through the desert, falling in both Arizona and Arizona State.

Prior to back-to-back losses, the Ducks had scored at least 50 points in every game this season. They failed to reach the 50-point mark in both losses at Grand Canyon State last weekend.

For Washington State, Oregon’s misfortune couldn’t come at a better time. In the Pac-12 standings, WSU is just one game behind third-place Oregon with a 6-4 conference record — and the two teams both hold a 14-7 overall season record. .

The Cougars missed their chance to close the gap when they lost to Utah 72-66 on Sunday. Prior to the loss in Salt Lake City, however, WSU was on a solid four-game winning streak — including back-to-back victories over arch-rival Washington.

sophomore feel Charlisse Leger-Walker was in tears for the Cougars after their winning streak. She averaged 19 points over the four games, including a career-high 30 points against Colorado.

Washington State has relied heavily on the Leger-Walker sisters this season. Charlisse Leger-Walker is second in the Pac-12 in points per game with 17.2 PPG, while big sister Krystal Leger-Walker is second in the Pac-12 in assists per game with 4.6 APG.

It’s going to be a star-studded backcourt game on Wednesday at Pullman’s Beasley Coliseum. The creative Leger-Walker sisters will have their hands full with the sharp shooting duo of Te Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers.

Unfortunately for the Ducks, Paopao wasn’t as sharp as his team needed. The second-year point guard had a combined 5-for-17 shooting line the past two games. It’s a surprising decline for Paopao, who played a crucial role in Oregon’s big wins over Arizona and Connecticut less than a month ago.

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Paopao seemed hesitant to shoot against a dominant Arizona paint defense, going 2-for-5 from the field. Against Arizona State, she tried to force the ball too much, as evidenced by her shocking 2-for-13 shot in the game.

Oregon should be able to get back into the rhythm against a Washington State offense that ranks second-to-last in the Pac-12 in points, averaging 61.2 points per game. Oregon fell to third in the conference with 72.4 points per game on back-to-back games with totals under 50.

This is a pivotal moment for Kelly Graves and this iteration of the Ducks. There are eight games left in the regular season and the Ducks are still figuring each other out.

“That might be our lowest point ever,” Graves said after the loss at Arizona State. “Sometimes you can’t improve until they hit that low point, so hopefully we’ll use that to improve.”

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