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Washington State women bounce back from Oregon loss with victory over Eastern Washington

Washington State guards Cherilyn Molina (33) high-fives guard Grace Sarver during the Cougars' vitory over Eastern Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Pullman.  (Courtesy of Robert Hubner/WSU Athletics)
From staff reports

PULLMAN – Ula Motuga led a balanced attack with 13 points as Washington State defeated visiting Eastern Washington 73-52 Tuesday afternoon in a nonconference women’s basketball game.

Charlisse Leger-Walker added 12 points, Celena Molina scored 11 and Michaela Jones had 10 points for the Cougars (4-1), who rebounded from a 69-65 loss to No. 8 Oregon the previous day.

“That’s a really good basketball team we just played – smart and savvy and they really play as a team,” EWU coach Wendy Schuller said.

WSU’s Johanna Teder dished out five assists, Bella Murekatete (Genesis Prep) grabbed six rebounds and Molina had five steals. Leger-Walker and Jones were both 2 for 4 from 3-point range, as the Cougars made 8 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc.

Maisie Burnham (Liberty of Spangle) led EWU (1-6) with game-high totals of 16 points and eight rebounds. Kennedy Dickie and Grace Kirschner (Sandpoint) each added 10 points.

WSU outscored the Eagles 17-7 in the second quarter to take a 33-20 halftime lead.

EWU never got closer than 12 points in the second half.