WSU women get first win at Pauley Pavilion, top No. 17 UCLA

Bella Murekatete had 16 points, Tara Wallack hit an important 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left and WSU beat No. 17 UCLA 62-55 for their first-ever win at Pauley Pavilion.

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bella Murekatete had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Tara Wallack made an important 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left and Washington State defeated No. 17 UCLA 62-55 on Thursday night for his first ever win at the Pauley Pavilion.

Washington State went 0-34 against the Bruins in Los Angeles — with just 10 wins in 80 total games. The Cougars (19-9, 9-8 Pac-12) need to win at USC Saturday to record back-to-back seasons of Pac-12 play for the first time in program history.

Washington State used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to turn a four-point deficit into a 37-29 lead. Murekatete grabbed two free throws at 1:21 in the quarter to give the Cougars a nine-point lead before UCLA went 45-40 in the fourth goal.

Wallack’s 3-ponter started a 6-0 run and UCLA was undone by ending with a 2-of-12 shooting in the final five minutes.

Wallack finished the tournament with two 3-pointers and 15-pointers for Washington State, matching last season’s record win. Charlisse Leger-Walker had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Murekatete recorded her 12th double-double of her career.

Washington State took a 13-4 lead as UCLA failed to score their first field goal until Gabriela Jaquez’s first-quarter friendly shot at 1:40. The Bruins missed their first 13 shots of the game. UCLA’s six points were the fewest in that quarter this season.

UCLA went on 10 unanswered points during a 14-4 run to end the first half in a 25-tie.

Charisma Osborne led UCLA (21-8, 10-7) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kiki Rice added 10 points. WSU women get first win at Pauley Pavilion, top No. 17 UCLA

Emma Bowman

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