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No. 5 UCLA women suffer an upset loss at Washington State

Washington State's Charlisse Leger-Walker, left, handles the ball while being defended by UCLA's Charisma Osborne.
Washington State’s Charlisse Leger-Walker, left, is pressured by UCLA’s Charisma Osborne. Leger-Walker scored 28 points in the Cougars’ 67-63 win. Osborne had 21.
(Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Charlisse Leger-Walker hit a go-ahead three-point shot with 42 seconds left Friday and finished with 28 points, leading Washington State over No. 5 UCLA 67-63.

The Cougars beat a team ranked in the top five for the first time in program history.

Leger-Walker’s shot put Washington State ahead 64-63. The freshman made three late free throws and scored the Cougars’ final nine points.

Her sister, Krystal Leger-Walker, added 10 points for the Cougars (9-6, 7-5 Pac-12), who are enjoying their best season in years. Last month, they lost at UCLA 68-66 in overtime.

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Charisma Osborne had 21 points for UCLA (10-3, 8-3), which had won five straight. Michaela Onyenwere added 16 points for the Bruins, who missed two shots in the closing seconds.

The Bruins led 22-16 after the first quarter despite 11 points from Charlisse Leger-Walker.

UCLA's Michaela Onyenwere (21) battles for a rebound during the second half Feb. 5, 2021.
UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere (21) battles for a rebound during the second half.
(Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Washington State outscored the Bruins 19-13 in the second quarter for a halftime tie at 35.

The Cougars outscored UCLA 17-10 in the third, with seven points from Grace Sarver, to take a 52-45 lead. The Bruins made only three of 13 shots in the quarter.


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