WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON
3 p.m. • Saturday • Jan. 11
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
COUGARS MAKE RETURN TRIP TO FACE WASHINGTON SATURDAY: Washington State University (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12) will face the University of Washington (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12) for the second time this week, heading to Seattle for a 3 p.m. matchup Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks.
ON DECK: The Cougars host the University of Colorado and University of Utah next Friday and Sunday, respectively.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars during the regular season on Pullman’s KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen online. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics. Every home game will be webstreamed through the Pac-12 Networks at http://pac-12.com/videos/washington-state-university.
FOLLOW THE COUGS ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women’s basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own a 9-6 record and have won four of their last five contests after sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend and posting an 82-80 victory over Washington in Pullman Tuesday, snapping a 36-game losing streak to UW. The Cougars have started 3-0 in conference play for the second time in the last three seasons (2011-12) and are looking for their first 4-0 start since starting Northwest Women’s Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The Cougars own two of the top scorers in the Pac-12 as Tia Presley paces WSU and is fourth in the conference at 19.3 ppg and Lia Galdeira enters Saturday tied for fifth at 19.0 ppg including 23.7 ppg in Pac-12 play, second highest in the league.
• Lia Galdeira had made 31 3-pointers, sixth-most in the Pac-12
• Galdeira is second in the Pac-12 at 23.7 ppg during conference play
• Tia Presley has taken the most free throw attempts (96) in the Pac-12
• WSU has won four straight against Arizona State and six straight against the Arizona schools
• WSU snapped a 36-game losing streak to Washington, winning for the first time since 1995
ABOUT WASHINGTON: Washington enters Saturday with an 8-6 overall record and 1-2 in Pac-12 play after beating Arizona last Friday, falling to Arizona State Sunday and dropping the contest in Pullman Tuesday. Junior guard Jazmine Davis leads the Huskies in scoring at 19.0 ppg after scoring 27 Tuesday night in Pullman. Mike Neighbors is in his first season as head coach at Washington.
UW-WSU SERIES: Washington leads the all time series 67-18 and have won 20 straight against the Cougars in Pullman. WSU’s last win came in 1993, 75-72 in overtime.
LAST YEAR AGAINST WASHINGTON IN SEATTLE: WSU’s second-half comeback bid was held off by Washington, 60-53 in Seattle last January. Down by as much as 20 in the first half, the Cougars used an 18-5 second-half run and held Washington to four made field goals in the final 20 minutes. Washington State got within four on a couple occasions but the Huskies made the most of their trips to the free throw line and held on for the win. Lia Galdeira led WSU with her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while graduated center Carly Noyes became WSU’s career leader in blocked shots after blocking one. Mariah Cooks and Taylor Edmondson added nine and eight points, respectively. Washington shot 30.2 percent and made just four field goals in the second half but hit six threes in the first 20 minutes and finished the game 20-of-28 at the free throw line. WSU was held to 29. 2 percent shooting and 5-of-32 from three while going 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. The Cougars owned a 53-37 rebound advantage and outscored the Huskies 28-12 in the paint.
SCHEDULE RANKED EIGHTH-TOUGHEST: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the eighth-toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and No. 25 Arizona and dropped contests to Syracuse, West Virginia, Gonzaga and Dayton (road), all currently receiving votes in the latest national poll with the Orange and Bulldogs being ranked at point earlier this season.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State has gone 2-1 against ranked opponents this season after posting a 76-72 road win over No. 10 Nebraska and an 85-78 victory over No. 24 Arizona State. No. 25 Gonzaga recorded an eight-point win in Pullman Dec. 21. For the first time since 2001, WSU owns two wins over ranked teams this season. Last season, WSU beat No. 20 Ohio State University 63-55 in Beasley Coliseum.
WSU BEAT NO. 24/25 ARIZONA STATE TO OPEN PAC-12 PLAY: WSU opened Pac-12 Conference play by knocking off No. 24/25 Arizona State University 85-78 last Friday. Lia Galdeira led all scorers with 27 points while going 10-of-12 at the free throw line for the Cougars who recorded their fourth straight win over the Sun Devils. Washington State overcame a four-point halftime deficit by shooting over 58 percent in the second half. WSU had four players score in double figures and outscored the Sun Devils 49-30 inside the paint. Tia Presley tallied 17 points while Mariah Cooks registered 11 points and six rebounds. Sage Romberg scored all 10 of her points in the second half and Shalie Dheensaw finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. For the game, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field while ASU was held to 31 percent in the second half and 41 percent for the game.
PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters Saturday fourth in the Pac-12 scoring at 19.3 ppg after posting five 20-point efforts in the first 15 games. The junior guard scored 20 points in the season-opener against Syracuse, 29 in the win over Ole Miss in Hawaii, a career-high 37 in the win over Fresno State, 21 while beating Cal State Northridge and 24 in the victory over UC Riverside in Kennewick, Wash. Her 37 points against Fresno State was the second-most in WSU single-game history and four away from the Jenni Ruff’s school record of 41, set in 1996 against California. Presley finished the game 15-of-24 from the floor including a career high five threes, all five coming in the first half. She also grabbed six boards and made three steals. Her 15 made field goals tied for the most in WSU single-game history with three other players.
GALDEIRA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE: Lia Galdeira has picked up where she left off from last year’s record-setting freshman season. The sophomore guard enters Saturday tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.0 ppg and second in steals with 37. Galdeira’s six 20-point performances this season are a team-high. Her 31 made 3-pointers are sixth-most in the Pac-12 this season and twice she has reached the 29-point mark, the first coming in her return to her homestate Hawaii against the Warriors and the other coming at Dayton. Galdeira also scored 20 in the win over Fresno State, 26 in a overtime victory against UC Riverside, 27 in the win over No. 24 Arizona State and 28 in the home victory over Washington.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars, producing the eighth-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 40.8 percent and owning the team lead in blocks (17) after blocking four shots Tuesday. The McKinleyville, Calif. native has served a variety of roles for WSU during her four years and the result has been her name climbing in the school’s record book, entering the week seventh in WSU history with 114 made threes and sixth with 76 career blocks.
COUGARS KNOCK OFF NO. 10 NEBRASKA IN LINCOLN: Washington State made a season-high 12 threes and held off No. 10 Nebraska twice after building big leads to post a 76-72 upset in Lincoln November 30. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 17 points, seven rebounds, five steals and five assists as four players scored in double figures. It was WSU’s first win over a top-10 ranked team since 1998, beating No. 10 Arizona in Tucson.
COUGARS BEAT OLE MISS AT HAWAII TOURNAMENT: Washington State posted a 1-2 record at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, falling to Hawaii (77-66) and West Virginia (88-66) before closing the tournament with an impressive 79-65 victory over Ole Miss Sunday behind Tia Presley’s career high 29-point effort. The win over Ole Miss is WSU’s first win over an SEC opponent since beating Mississippi State 61-59 in Hawaii in 1997.
GALDEIRA NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM IN HAWAII: Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira capped her return to the islands by earning a spot on the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team. The Kamuela, Hawaii native averaged 18.3 ppg and a team-best 7.0 rpg while also recording six steals in the three games. Galdeira poured in a game-high 29 points and added nine rebounds against Hawaii, scored 12 points against West Virginia before tallying 14 points, eight boards and five steals in the win over Ole Miss.
COUGARS INK FOUR FOR 2014 SIGNING CLASS: Washington State women’s basketball signed four players to attend WSU next fall. Joining the Cougars next season are 6-2 guard Ashley Bolston (Medford, Ore.), 5-9 guard Caila Hailey (Inglewood, Calif.), 6-3 forward Nike McClure (Tenino, Wash.) and 5-8 point guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (Athens, Greece). This year’s class received honorable mention from Blue Star Basketball as one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
COUGARS TOOK EUROPEAN TRIP IN AUGUST: WSU took a 10-day foreign trip to Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic this past August. The Cougars departed Pullman Aug. 6, arrived in Vienna Aug. 7 and visited the cities of Vienna (Aug. 7-8), Bratislavia (Aug. 9-11) and Prague (Aug. 12-15). They took in a number of sights including a tour the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schonrunn Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the Bratislava Castle and the Vltava River before returning home Aug. 16. The Cougars played four games and swept all four contests, beating Levice in Bratslava Aug. 11, Hradec Kralove in Prague Aug. 13, Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in Prague Aug. 14 and BLK VSE Praha in Prague Aug. 15. Six WSU Ambassadors joined the team on the trip including WSU First Lady Carmento Floyd.
GALDEIRA INVITED TO TEAM USA U19 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS: Guard Lia Galdeira was selected to attend the 2013 National Team Trials and tryout for the FIBA U19 World Championship Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. last May. Galdeira was one of 34 players from throughout the country who received and accepted the invitation.
FORMER COUGS SIGN PRO CONTRACTS: Former Cougars Ireti Amojo and Carly Noyes each signed professional contracts to play in Germany this fall. Both Amojo and Noyes inked deals with the Chemitz Chemcats in Ghemnitz, Germany. The Chemcats are one of 12 teams that play in the DBBL, the highest rated league in Germany. It was the second straight year that multiple Cougars have signed professional contracts. Last summer, Rosetta Adzasu signed to play professionally in Finland and Jazmine Perkins signed to play in Sweden.