ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON STATE
Noon • Sunday • Jan. 5
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS CONTINUE HOMESTAND SUNDAY AGAINST ARIZONA: Washington State University (7-6, 1-0 Pac-12) continues its season-long four-game homestand Sunday hosting the University of Arizona (4-8, 0-1 Pac-12) at Noon in Beasley Coliseum. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
ON DECK: WSU hosts the University of Washington Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will then face the Huskies in Seattle Saturday at 3 p.m..Both games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
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 7-6 record and have won two of their last three contests after beating No. 24/25 Arizona State 85-78 in Friday’s Pac-12 Conference opener. For the first time since 2001, WSU owns two wins over ranked teams this season (76-72 at No. 10/10 Nebraska). The Cougars are looking to start 2-0 in conference play for the second time in the last three seasons, starting 3-0 in 2011-12. The Cougars own two of the top six scorers in the Pac-12 as Presley paces WSU and is fourth in the conference at 20.2 ppg and Galdeira enters Sunday sixth at 18.5 ppg.
ABOUT ARIZONA: Arizona enters Sunday with a 4-8 overall record after dropping its Pac-12 opener at Washington 55-52 Friday in Seattle. Candice Warthen paces the Wildcats in scoring a 13.7 ppg while Kama Griffitts adds 11.3 ppg. Head coach Niya Butts is in her sixth season at Arizona and owns a 74-84 career record at the school.
UA-WSU SERIES: Arizona leads the all time series against Washington State 33-23 after splitting both meetings last season with each team posting road victories. The Wildcats own a 16-12 mark when playing in Pullman including a 71-65 victory in the conference opener last season. The Cougars bounced back with a 60-50 win in Tucson in February. WSU has won its last five meetings against the Arizona schools, sweeping all three meetings with ASU last year, winning in Tucson and beating ASU Friday.
LAST YEAR AGAINST ARIZONA IN PULLMAN: WSU had three players score in double figures but the Arizona offense came alive in the second half to post a 71-65 comeback victory in both teams Pac-12 Conference opener last season in Beasley Coliseum. WSU held Arizona to 5-of-17 (29.4%) from behind the arc and owned a 45-35 rebounding advantage but Arizona caught fire in the second half and shot nearly 52 percent in the final period. The Cougars shot 33.3 percent from the field and finished with a season-high eight 3-pointers. Lia Galdeira finished with a team-high 17 points and Sage Romberg added 10 points and seven rebounds. Arizona had five players finish in double figures.
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 (76-72 at No. 10/10 Nebraska). Last season, WSU beat No. 20 Ohio State University 63-55 in Beasley Coliseum.
WSU BEATS 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 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.
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.
PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters Sunday fourth in the Pac-12 scoring at 20.2 ppg after posting five 20-point efforts in the first 13 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 goal attempts tie her 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 Sunday fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.5 ppg and fifth in steals with 28. Galdeira’s five 20-point performances this season ties her with Presley for most on the team. Her 26 made 3-pointers are tied for eighth-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 and 27 in Friday’s win against No. 24 Arizona State.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars, producing the second-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 49.5 percent and sharing the team lead in blocks. The McKinleyville, Calif. native has served a variety of roles for WSU during her four years and the result has seen her put up impressive numbers in the school’s record book, entering the week seventh in WSU history with 112 made threes and seventh with 71 career blocks.
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.
COUGAR DEFENSE MADE ITS MARK: The WSU defense turned in some impressive performances last season, finishing the year third in the conference in steals (9.5 spg) and fourth in total steals (296), fifth-most by a WSU team. The Cougars made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers 11 times, allowed less than 60 points 10 times and held 17 teams under 36.0 percent shooting. WSU also set a school record with 114 blocks, breaking the previous mark 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).