OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE
7 p.m. • Friday • Feb. 21
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS OPENS FINAL HOMESTAND FRIDAY HOSTING OREGON STATE: Washington State University (14-12, 8-6 Pac-12) opens its final homestand of the season against Oregon State University (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12) 7 p.m. Friday at Beasley Coliseum.
ON DECK: The Cougars will close out their home slate Sunday against the University of Oregon at 1 p.m.
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 to Steve Grubbs call 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.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT IN SEATTLE: The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played Thursday-Sunday, March 6 - 9, 2014, at KeyArena in Seattle for the second year in a row. For more information on tickets please visit http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-womens-basketball-tournament/tickets
HOOPS & HEELS: Join women from throughout the community to make new friends and network with new business contacts prior to Friday’s game against Oregon State. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum’s Cougar Lounge, is open to women age 21 and up and is free to attend with purchase of a game ticket. Mingle with businesswomen from the Pullman community and WSU female coaches. Attendees will receive a free gift from WSU Athletics, and will leave with a list of contact information for everyone in attendance. Bring your business cards, heels and Coug gear. Space is limited. Must RSVP on WSUCougars.com or contact Jen Hanson at 509-335-4306 or email@example.com
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own a 14-12 record including a 8-6 mark in Pac-12 play after posting a road sweep over the University of Utah 83-73 last Friday and the University of Colorado 80-77 Sunday. The 14 overall wins and eight Pac-12 wins are the most under June Daugherty and the most since 1995-96 (17-12, 8-10 Pac-10). The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week having faced the nation’s No. 15 toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 19.4 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.6 ppg. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 8.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and shooting over 50 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
PRESLEY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tia Presley was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Presley earned her first career weekly honor after averaging 32.0 ppg, shooting .500 percent from the field and .821 percent at the free throw line while leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins over Utah and Colorado this past weekend. Against Utah, the Spokane native scored a game-high 32 points, 22 in the second half, and went 16-of-21 at the free throw line, tying a WSU single-game record for free throws made and setting a single-game record for free throw attempts. Against Colorado, Presley again led all scorers with 32 points, scoring 22 in the first half, while hitting three 3-pointers and going 7-for-7 at the free throw line.
• Tia Presley has scored 20+ points in five of the last six games, two straight with 32 points
• Shalie Dheensaw’s first two career double-doubles came in the two wins over Washington, her third career double-double came in the win over USC
• Sage Romberg is the only player in the Pac-12 to lead her team in blocks (30) and 3-point shooting (43.0, 37-for-86)
• Romberg received an invitation to the WNBA combine, held at the NCAA Final Four in Nashville
• WSU started Pac-12 play 5-0 for the first time since starting NWBL play 5-0 in 1977-78
• 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
• WSU recorded its first win over Washington in Seattle since 1993, snapping a 20-game skid
• WSU swept Washington in the regular season for the first time since 1974-75
• WSU’s eight conference wins are the most since 1995-96 (8), the 1994-95 team won nine Pac-10 games
• WSU’s 14 overall wins are the most since the 1995-96 team won 18 games
• WSU entered the week No. 65 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, up from No. 80 a week ago
• WSU entered the week under the “Next Four Out” in ESPN’s latest Bracketology
SCHEDULE RANKED 15th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the No. 15 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and USC on the road, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 21 Colorado in Pullman, but dropped contests to Syracuse, West Virginia (neutral), Dayton (road), No. 25 Gonzaga, No. 3 Stanford (home) and No. 23 Cal (home). Syracuse and Dayton have been in and out of the national rankings all season while West Virginia has climbed to No. 13 in the polls and is second in the Big-12.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State has gone 3-3 against ranked opponents this season after posting a 76-72 road win at No. 10 Nebraska, a 85-78 victory over No. 24 Arizona State, a 70-60 win over No. 21 Colorado. The Cougars dropped a pair of eight-point contests to No. 25 Gonzaga and No. 3 Stanford and a 87-70 decision to No. 23 Cal. For the first time since 1995, WSU owns three wins over ranked teams in a season.
PRESLEY PRODUCES BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters the week fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg after posting back-to-back 32-point efforts in the road sweep over Utah and Colorado. Presley leads the team with 11 20-point games this season including three 3-point efforts. Presley has scored 504 points this season, third-most in WSU single-season history and the most since Jenni Ruff’s record setting 685 in 1995-96. Presley has gone 139-for-192 at the free throw line, the second most makes and attempts in the Pac-12 this season. The Spokane native is also second on the team in shooting pct. (44.8) and steals (47). She is averaging a team-best 18.5 ppg during conference play, tied for seventh-best in the league.
PRESLEY’S 20-POINT GAMES: Tia Presley has scored 20+ points 11 times this season beginning with 20 points in the season-opener against Syracuse, followed by 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, 24 in the victory over UC Riverside in Kennewick, Wash., 29 in the win at Washington, 21 in the win at USC, 20 against No. 3 Stanford, 20 in the loss to No. 23 California, 32 in the win at Utah and 32 in the win at Colorado. Her 37 points against Fresno State were the second-most in WSU single-game history, four away from the Jenni Ruff’s school record of 41 set in 1996. Presley went 15-of-24 from the floor including a career high five threes. Her 15 made field goals tied for the most in WSU single-game history. In the win at Utah, Presley matched a WSU single-game record with 16 made free throws and set a single-game record with 21 free throw attempts. Presley’s back-to-back 32-point efforts, was the first consecutive 30-point games since WSU Hall of Famer Jenni Ruff accomplished the feat twice during the 1995-96 season.
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 the week ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.6 ppg and second in steals with 66. Galdeira’s eight 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 44 made 3-pointers are tied for eighth-most in the Pac-12 this season. Twice she has reached the 29-point mark, the first coming in her return to her home state 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, 28 in the home victory over Washington, 21 at Oregon State and 21 against No. 3 Stanford.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars. The lefty enters the week with the third-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 43.0 percent. Romberg has hit a three in 11 of the last 12 games including four against No. 3 Stanford, matching her career high. She is coming off of her second career double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Colorado and has scored in double figures in three of the last five games. Romberg enters the week sharing the team lead in blocks with 30, twice producing a 4-block game against Washington and No. 23 Cal. The McKinleyville, Calif. native has served a variety of roles for WSU during her four years and the result has put her name throughout the WSU record book. Romberg enters the week fifth in WSU history with 130 made threes, fifth with 89 career blocks, third with 120 career games played and eighth with 93 career starts.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 8.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and shooting over 50 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles. The junior center broke out in the two wins over Washington, recording the first two double-doubles of her career with 11 points and 14 rebounds in Pullman before pouring in a career high 20 points along with 13 rebounds in Seattle. She picked up her third double-double of the season, all during Pac-12 play, with 11 points and 11 rebounds at USC. The Vancouver, B.C. native enters the week sharing the team lead in blocks with 30 and averaging 7.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg overall. She has scored in double figures six times and posted five double-digit rebound performances in her first season as the starter after sitting behind Carly Noyes the past two seasons who graduated as WSU’s career leader in games played and blocks.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: Oregon State enters the week with a 17-9 overall record, 9-5 in Pac-12 play and riding five-game winning streak after beating UCLA and USC in Corvallis last weekend. Guards Jaime Weisner and Sydney Wiese each average over 13.0 ppg while center Ruth Hamblin owns the Pac-12 lead in blocks with 95. Head coach Scott Rueck is in his fourth season at OSU and owns a 55-64 record.
OSU-WSU SERIES: Oregon State leads the all-time series 47-30 after posting a 72-57 victory over Washington State in Corvallis Jan. 26. The Cougars had won the last three meetings. WSU leads the all-time series in Pullman 18-17 after claiming a 76-73 victory in overtime in Beasley Coliseum last season.
LAST YEAR AGAINST OREGON STATE IN PULLMAN: WSU rallied from a six-point deficit in overtime by scoring the game’s final nine points to post a 76-73 victory over Oregon State at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars overcame a sluggish first half and the six-point deficit with 1:41 remaining in overtime to beat OSU. WSU saw the Beavers shoot 59 percent in the first half but came back to score 17 points off of OSU’s 12 second-half turnovers to overcome a 14-point deficit. Lia Galdeira scored a game-high 22 points and Mariah Cooks added a career-high 16 points. Dawnyelle Awa, making her first collegiate start in place of an injured Tia Presley, tallied seven points, added a career-high six steals and later hit all four of her free throw attempts in overtime. Sage Romberg scored four points in overtime.
THIS SEASON AGAINST OREGON STATE IN CORVALLIS: WSU’s second half rally was held off by Oregon State 72-57 at Gill Coliseum Jan. 26. Down by as many as 25 in the first half, the Cougars got within seven with 6:14 remaining but the Beavers converted at the free throw line in the final minutes to hold off the WSU comeback attempt. Oregon State shot nearly 48 percent from the field including 66 percent in the first half, and produced a 46-31 rebounding advantage. WSU shot 34 percent from the floor and went 4-of-17 from behind the arc. OSU went 21-of-32 at the free throw line while WSU made 9-of-16 at the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira led the Cougars with a game-high 21 points.
PAST PLAYER NOTES VS. OREGON STATE
• Last season in Pullman, Dawnyelle Awa made first career start, had seven points and six steals
• Last season in Pullman, Mariah Cooks had career high 16 points, five rebounds and three steals in win
• Jan. 26 in Corvallis, Shalie Dheensaw scored 10 points
• As a sophomore in 2011-12, Hana Potter had eight points in the double OT win in Corvallis
• Jan. 26 in Corvallis, Lia Galdeira had a game-high 21 points in loss
• Last season in Pullman, Galdeira had 22 points in win
• Last season in Corvallis, Galdeira had 17 points, five assists and hit game-winner with two seconds left
• Last season at Oregon State, Sage Romberg had 13 points and six rebounds in win
• As a sophomore in 2011-12, Romberg notched her first career double-double (11-11) in win in Pullman
• As a freshman in 2010-11, Romberg scored 17 points and grabbed eight boards in win in Pullman
• As a freshman in 2010-11, Romberg scored a career high 21 points in the win in Corvallis
• As a sophomore in 2011-12, Brandi Thomas had 17 points and eight rebounds in Pac-12 Tourny win
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.