March 5, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State sophomore guard Tia Presley and freshman guard Lia Galdeira each received All-Pac-12 honors, as voted on by the Pac-12 coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Galdeira and Presley were both named All-Pac-12 honorable mention while Galdeira was also voted All-Defensive Team honorable mention and to the All-Freshman team.
During conference play, Galdeira led all freshmen in scoring at 14.8 ppg and led all players with 49 steals. She led WSU in scoring in 15 of the 18 conference games including three straight 20-point performances during a four-game winning streak. Galdeira, a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection, was one of two freshmen to receive All-Defensive Team honorable mention.
Galdeira enters the Pac-12 Conference Tournament sharing the lead as the country's top-scoring freshman at 14.7 ppg, seventh in the Pac-12, and paces the conference in steals (81). The Kamuela, Hawaii native leads the Cougars in scoring, rebounding (5.3 rpg), steals and is third in assists. Galdeira owns WSU freshman single-season records for points (426) and games scored in double-figures (26). She has tallied four 20+ scoring efforts including a WSU freshman-record 33-point performance in the season-opener at the University of Minnesota.
Presley picks up her first career all-conference accolade despite being limited to seven conference games after suffering a season-ending knee injury Jan. 25. Prior to the knee injury, the Spokane, Wash. native was second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg and in steals with 41 and owned a team-high 52 assists. During Pac-12 play, Presley was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent. Presley scored in double-figures 12 times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25).
Washington State will face Arizona State University 6 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament held at KeyArena in Seattle.