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Cougars Open 2013-14 Season Sunday Hosting Syracuse
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/06/2013
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1 p.m.  •  Sunday  •  Nov. 10
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
Pullman, Wash.

COUGARS OPEN 2013-14 HOSTING SYRACUSE SUNDAY: Washington State kicks off the 2013-14 regular season hosting Syracuse University Sunday at 1 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.

WSU PARTNERS WITH NIKE N7 FOR NATIVE AMERICAN APPRECIATION DAY: Sunday’s contest against Syracuse will be WSU’s Third Annual Native American Appreciation Day. As a land-grant university, part of WSU’s mission is to deliver quality education to all citizens of the State of Washington, and WSU is committed to strengthening its relationship with Native American Tribal Governments and improving the quality of educational opportunities for Native American students here at WSU. For the third straight year, WSU is partnering with Nike N7 to spread the sport of basketball as a vehicle to inspire change in communities. For more information, please visit

ON DECK: The Cougars will hit the road for its next four contests, facing Seattle University Tuesday before heading to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Classic for matchups against Hawaii Friday, West Virginia Saturday and Ole Miss Sunday. Sophomore guards Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira are natives of Hawaii.

COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at, the official website of Cougar Athletics. Every home game will be webstreamed through the Pac-12 Networks at

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 return 11 letterwinners including three starters from last year’s team that went 11-20, 6-12 in the Pac-12, finishing eighth in the conference and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament for the second straight season. Headlining the returners are a pair of All-Pac-12 selections in Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley along with senior forward Sage Romberg, a three-year starter for the Cougars. Last season, WSU posted a number of impressive wins, sweeping all three meetings with Arizona State, beating nationally ranked Ohio State, and knocking off Gonzaga in Spokane.

ABOUT SYRACUSE: Syracuse University returns nine letterwinners including three starters from last year’s team that went 24-8 and 11-5 in the Big East Conference, earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Orange, who begin their first season in the ACC, lost their top three scorers but return a pair of Big East All-Freshmen Team performers led by guard Brittney Sykes who averaged 8.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Syracuse will play one other Pac-12 Conference member this season, facing Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. in December. Head coach Quentin Hillsman is in his eighth season with the Orange and owns a 143-86 career record.

LAST SEASON AT SYRACUSE: Lia Galdeira scored 16 points and Tia Presley added 14 for WSU who dropped a 64-51 decision to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome last December. The Cougars shot 31.7 percent from the floor while Syracuse used their height advantage to notch 38 points in the paint and shot 42.1 percent from the field. WSU was able to cut the Orange’ halftime lead to six early in the second half but Syracuse withstood the pressure and put together a couple deciding scoring runs, a 10-0 run that later grew to 15-6, building a double-digit lead the Orange would hold on to.

COUGARS AGAINST THE ACC: With Syracuse beginning its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Washington State will be facing its first ACC opponent since dropping a matchup to North Carolina at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawaii in 2010. The Cougars are 0-6 all-time against ACC opponents and will be hosting an ACC team for the first time in school history.

EXHIBITION WIN: Washington State cruised to a 94-47 exhibition victory over The Master’s College in Beasley Coliseum Oct. 30. Five players scored in double figures for the Cougars who knocked down 14 threes and scored 42 points off of 33 turnovers. Junior guard Tia Presley led all scorers with 18 points while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira tallied 17 points and five steals and senior forward Sage Romberg notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Brandi Thomas and sophomore forward Mariah Cooks each scored 12 points. Washington State pulled away with a 19-5 run midway through the first half to build a 43-26 advantage at the break.

COUGARS CLOSED SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN AT PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: Washington State University capped the 2012-13 season by reaching the Pac-12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals for the second straight season. The Cougars beat Arizona State University 48-41 in the opening round before falling to top-seeded Stanford University in the quarterfinals.

GALDEIRA AMONG TOP SCORING FRESHMEN IN THE COUNTRY: Guard Lia Galdeira finished her first collegiate season as the top-scoring freshman in the Pac-12 Conference at 14.8 ppg, the second-highest scoring average in the country by a freshman. UCF’s Briahanna Jackson was the country’s top-scoring freshman at 15.0 ppg after playing three more games than Galdeira. The Kamuela, Hawaii native broke WSU’s single-season freshman scoring record during her 18-point performance against No. 6 California, surpassing Jazmine Perkins’ previous record of 413 in 2008-09. Galdeira tallied 459 points this season, the tenth-highest total in WSU single-season history. She also recorded WSU freshman records for games scored in double figures (28) and consecutive games scored in double-figures (15).

GALDEIRA, PRESLEY EARNED ALL-PAC-12 ACCOLADES: Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each received All-Pac-12 honors, as voted on by the Pac-12 coaches following the regular season. 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. Galdeira 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. 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 eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent in Pac-12 play. 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).

• Lia Galdeira led the Pac-12 in steals at 2.8 spg and posted the second-highest total with 86.
• In the 13 games following Tia Presley’s injury, Galdeira averaged 16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.9 spg
• Lia Galdeira set a WSU freshman single-game record with 33 points at Minnesota.
• WSU posted its first four-game conference winning streak since 1994-95.
• WSU picked up its first win over USC in Pullman since 2001, had lost 11 straight.
• WSU posted its first season sweep of Arizona State since 1996-97.
• WSU posted its first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1994-95.
• WSU’s overtime games at Minnesota and against South Dakota State was its first time playing consecutive overtime games since Montana State (2/28/81) and Boise State (3/7/81).

GALDEIRA GARNERS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS FROM PAC-12 MEDIA: Lia Galdeira earned three All-Pac-12 Conference accolades from Pac-12 media members. As voted on by the Pac-12 media, Galdeira was selected to the All-Pac-12 team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team after leading all freshmen in scoring during conference play at 14.8 ppg and leading all players with 49 steals. Galdeira, a unanimous All-Freshman team selection, was the only freshman voted on to the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams.

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 Washington State University 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.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington State owned six freshmen on its roster last season and received more and more from its first-year players as the year went on. Guard Lia Galdeira paced the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), steals (86) and scored in double figures 28 times including four 20-point efforts. In conference games, forward Mariah Cooks and guard Taylor Edmondson produced while coming off the bench, averaging 6.2 ppg and 5.2 ppg, respectively. In the 13 games since taking over at point guard for the injured Tia Presley, Dawnyelle Awa  averaged 4.8 ppg and 2.6 apg. In her first career start, Awa delivered seven points, four assists, six steals and zero turnovers in the overtime win over Oregon State. She later tallied 11 points after hitting three 3-pointers in the win over USC and tallied put 10 points in the win over Arizona State at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.

COUGAR DEFENSE MADE ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and finished the year third in the conference in steals (9.5 spg) and fourth in total steals (296), fifth-most by a WSU team. This season, the Cougars made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers 11 times, allowed less than 60 points 10 times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, at Arizona State, at Arizona, USC, at Oregon State, at Colorado, at Utah, vs. Arizona State) and held 17 teams under 36.0 percent shooting (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington, Oregon, at Arizona State, at Arizona, USC, at Oregon State, at Oregon, at Colorado, vs. Arizona State). The Cougars also set a school record with 114 blocks, breaking the record of 106, set in 2011-12.

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