WASHINGTON STATE (3-4) vs. No. 10/10 NEBRASKA (6-0)
3 p.m. (PT) • Saturday • Nov. 30
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000)
COUGARS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AT NO. 10 NEBRASKA: Washington State continues its Thanksgiving road trip Saturday, facing No. 10 Nebraska in Lincoln at 3 p.m. (PT).
ON DECK: The Cougars return home for Dec. 4 matchup against Cal State Northridge. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 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.
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 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 NEBRASKA: Nebraska enters Saturday’s matchup ranked No. 10 in both major national polls with a 6-0 overall record after beating UMASS - Lowell 77-42 Wednesday. The Cornhuskers return eight letterwinners including four starters off of last year’s team that went 25-9 overall, finished second in the Big Ten and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Hooper paces the club with 19.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Head coach Connie Yori is in her 12th season at Nebraska and owns a 215-135 career record at the school.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State faced eight ranked opponents last season and posted a 63-55 win over Ohio State in Pullman in December, giving the Cougars their first win over a ranked opponent since 2001. WSU ‘s last win over a top-10 ranked opponent came in 1998, beating No. 10 Arizona 64-41 in Tucson.
WSU’S LATE RALLY HELD OFF BY BYU: WSU dropped an 80-73 nonconference decision at BYU, Tuesday. Washington State had four players score in double figures as BYU (5-0) used a late 8-2 run to pull away after WSU had tied the game 63 with 4:13 remaining. Washington State shot over 41 percent from the floor but went 3-of-18 from behind the arc while Brigham Young shot over 44 percent and hit eight 3-pointers. Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each led Washington State with 15 points a piece while Sage Romberg tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Shalie Dheensaw scored a career high 10 points and brought down eight rebounds.
COUGARS RALLY FROM 12-POINT DEFICIT TO BEAT FRESNO STATE: Junior guard Tia Presley scored a career-high 37 points for Washington State who overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and posted a 92-79 victory over Fresno State. The Cougars shot 50 percent in the second half to defeat a Bulldogs’ team that has made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Following a first half that saw Fresno State hit eight threes and shoot over 62 percent, WSU erupted for 57 points in the second half, hitting five threes and holding Fresno State to 22 percent shooting. Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira caught fire for the Cougars in the second half, scoring all 20 of her points in the final 20 minutes. Fellow sophomore guard Dawnyelle Awa added 11 points and five assists while senior forward Sage Romberg recorded seven points, nine rebounds and six assists. The Cougars scored 24 points off of 18 turnovers and owned a 24-10 advantage in second-chance points after outrebounding the Bulldogs 46-28.
PRESLEY ERUPTS FOR 37 POINTS: Tia Presley’s career high 37 points against Fresno State were 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 goal attempts tie her for the most in WSU single-game history with three other players. Through the first seven games, the Spokane native now owns three 20+ scoring efforts and is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.0 ppg.
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.
AWA, GALDEIRA MADE RETURN TO THE ISLANDS: Washington State sophomore guards and Hawaii natives Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira saw many familiar faces in the crowd last weekend at the Rainbow Wahine Classic held in Honolulu. Both players starred together at Konawaena High School where they helped KHS to three Hawaii state titles. Awa was named the league player of the year three times while Galdeira was named the state player of the year three times.
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 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.
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.
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.
GALDEIRA WAS 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).
COUGAR NOTES FROM LAST SEASON
• 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.
PRESLEY MISSED FINAL 13 GAMES WITH KNEE INJURY: Tia Presley missed the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in the final minutes of the Jan. 25 loss to Oregon. The sophomore guard 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 through seven games. 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). The Spokane, Wash. native did a little bit of everything in the win over Ohio State, recording eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. In 2011-12, Presley scored in double-figures five times and made 15 starts before a foot injury kept her out of the final 12 games.