2023 Women's Cancun Challenge

Washington State Women's Basketball Historic Week Continues In Cancun

Washington State Women's Basketball Historic Week Continues In Cancun

A day after WSU Women's basketball trounced Maryland, the Cougars rolled against UMass at 2023 Cancun Challenge

Nov 24, 2023 by Joe Harrington

Few teams have had a better Thanksgiving-Black Friday combo than the No. 24 Washington State Women’s basketball team.

A day after the Cougars blasted Maryland 87-67,  WSU showed no hangover and led UMass by 24 at halftime en route to a 90-48 win at the 2023 Cancun Challenge.

Wazzou outrebounded UMass 42-28 and Bella Murekatete scored 13 and Eleonora Villa added 15 to lead the team. 

Washington State used an 18-0 run to take control of the game in the first quarter and UMass never recovered. 

The win over UMass comes on the heels of Washington State piling onto Maryland’s tough start to the season. The Terps dropped from the rankings for the first time in 13 years on Monday and saw the Cougars sprint away from them in the first game of the Cancun Challenge. Murekatete scored 17 points in the win as six WSU players scored in double figures. 

Murekatete became the Cougar's all-time leader in blocks during the game as she tallied four against Maryland. 

The 7-0 start by Washington State is the best since 1978-179 when the Cougars went 10-0. 

Washington State Women’s Basketball Making History in 2023

The Cougars appeared in the AP Top 25 preseason poll for the first time ever this season with a No.24 ranking and now are poised to move up even more after the pair of blowout wins. 

Who's Next On The Washington State Women's Basketball Schedule?

Washington State Plays Green Bay at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 

How To Watch The 2023 Women's Cancun Challenge

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What Teams Are Playing at the  2023 Women's Cancun Challenge?

Here are the teams: 

  • Maryland
  • Creighton
  • No. 23 Washington State 
  • Georgia Tech
  • Michigan State 
  • New Mexico 
  • UMass
  • Green Bay 
  • Montana State 
  • James Madison

The 2023 Women's Cancun Challenge Schedule  

November 23rd

November 24th

  • Washington State 90, UMass 48
  • 1:30 PM ET - Green Bay vs Maryland
  • 4:00 PM ET - Creighton vs Michigan State
  • 6:30 PM ET - New Mexico vs Georgia Tech
  • 9:00 PM ET - James Madison - Montana State 

November 25th

  • 11:00 AM ET - UMass vs Maryland
  • 1:30 PM ET - Washington State vs Green Bay

When Is The 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament?

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Women’s Tournament is March 17, 2024. The First Four will tip off on March 20, with the Round of 64 beginning March 22. 

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