In the midst of their historic run in this year’s Pac‑12 tournament, the WSU Women’s Basketball team caught the admiration of a music icon.
Following their victory over Utah in the second round of the tournament, teammates Charlisse Leger-Walker, Bella Murekatete and several other Cougs were caught on camera celebrating by singing Shania Twain’s 1999 hit “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
The celebratory rendition was uploaded to social media and quickly spread, drawing the attention of Twain, who shared the clip with her nearly 1 million Twitter followers.
Love this! 💃❤️🔥 https://t.co/48Lzi87FCC— Shania Twain 💎💎💎 (@ShaniaTwain) March 3, 2023
But that wasn’t the end of it. Twain continued to follow the team’s record-setting tournament run, congratulating the determined Cougars a few days later on their historic Pac‑12 championship. Her post was seen by hundreds of thousands of Twitter users and received dozens of jubilant comments from Cougs across the world.
Following all the tweets of support, the team expressed their appreciation and proposed a duet with Twain when she performs at Spokane Arena April 28.
We can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes us!!!— WSU Cougar Women’s 🏀 (@WSUCougarWBB) March 6, 2023
Hey, we see that you’ll be in Spokane on April 28. We’re not that far from there…
You feeling a duet with the Cougs that night in Spokane Arena????#GoCougs | #WAZZU https://t.co/nO2vj7m2k0
The WSU Women’s Basketball team claimed its first‑ever Pac‑12 tournament title with Sunday’s 65‑61 victory over UCLA, and became the first seventh‑seed team to win the championship. Leger-Walker was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament, with Murekatete joining her on the all‑tournament team.
WSU’s win guarantees them a spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament, with seeding slated to be announced this coming weekend.