WASHINGTON STATE (11-7, 5-1) at OREGON (9-8, 0-6)
7 p.m. • Friday • Jan. 24
Matthew Knight Arena (12,320)
COUGARS OPEN ROAD STRETCH FRIDAY AT OREGON: Washington State University begins a four-game road stretch Friday against the University of Oregon at 7 p.m.
ON DECK: The Cougars will face Oregon State University Sunday in Corvallis at 2 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. 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 11-7 record and have started Pac-12 play 5-1 for the first time since starting Northwest Women’s Basketball League play 5-1 in 1977-78. WSU’s 11-7 start is the best start since opening the 1995-96 season 13-5. The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and enter the week listed as the “First Four Out” in this week’s Bracketology on ESPN.com. Guard Tia Presley paces WSU and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 19.3 ppg and fellow guard Lia Galdeira enters the week seventh at 18.6 ppg including 20.4 ppg in Pac-12 play, fourth-highest in the league. Forward Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 10.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg in conference play.
• Lia Galdeira is fourth in the conference in scoring during Pac-12 play at 20.4 ppg
• Tia Presley is second in the Pac-12 for the most free throw attempts (115)
• Galdeira and Presley each own six 20-point scoring efforts this season
• Shalie Dheensaw’s first two career double-doubles came in the two wins over Washington
• WSU has started conference play 5-1 for the first time since starting NWBL play 5-1 in 1978-79
• 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 enters the week No. 52 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, down form No. 44 last week
• WSU owns three wins over ranked teams this season, the most since 1994-95, tied for second-most in the Pac-12 with Arizona State, Stanford leads with five
• WSU is listed among the “First Four Out” in ESPN.com’s latest Bracketology
ABOUT OREGON: Oregon enters the week with a 9-8 overall record including a 0-6 in Pac-12 Conference play after dropping games at UCLA and USC last weekend. The Ducks owns the top offense in the NCAA, averaging 96.5 ppg and nearly 10 three-pointers per game, third-best in the country. Oregon has a pair of players averaging over 20 ppg in Chrishae Rowe and Jillian Alleyne, 21.5 ppg and 20.6 ppg respectively. Alleyne paces the Pac-12 in rebounding at 14.7 rpg. Head coach Paul Westhead is in his fifth season at Oregon and owns a 59-83 record at the school.
WSU-OREGON SERIES: Oregon leads the all-time series with Washington State 60-14 after taking both meetings last season. The Cougars have gone 6-30 in Eugene but have split the last two meetings in Matthew Knight Arena, last winning 75-47 in the 2011-12 campaign.
LAST YEAR AGAINST OREGON IN EUGENE: WSU dropped a 65-60 contest to Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena last February. Lia Galdeira scored 19 points for the Cougars who also received 11 points and six boards from Mariah Cooks. Oregon held the Cougars to 29.5 percent shooting, posted a 55-47 rebound advantage and knocked down seven threes.
SCHEDULE RANKED 18th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars enter the week having played the No. 18-toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 21 Colorado, and dropped contests to Syracuse, West Virginia (neutral), No. 25 Gonzaga and Dayton (road), with each currently receiving votes in the latest national polls. Syracuse and Gonzaga were each ranked earlier this season.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State has gone 3-1 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 and a 70-60 win over No. 21 Colorado. No. 25 Gonzaga recorded an eight-point win in Pullman Dec. 21. For the first time since 1995, WSU owns three wins over ranked teams in a season. Last season, WSU beat No. 20 Ohio State University 63-55 in Beasley Coliseum.
PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters the week fifth in the Pac-12 at 19.3 ppg after posting six 20-point efforts this season. 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, 24 in the victory over UC Riverside in Kennewick, Wash and 29 in the win at Washington. 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 against California. Presley went 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.
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 seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.6 ppg and fifth in steals with 42. Galdeira’s six 20-point performances this season are tied for the team-high. Her 34 made 3-pointers are 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, 27 in the win over No. 24 Arizona State and 28 in the home victory over Washington.
DHEENSAW STEPPING UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 10.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg and shooting over 57 percent from the field in the first six conference games. 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 the win in Pullman before pouring in a career high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds in the victory over the Huskies in Seattle. The Vancouver, B.C. native is second on the team with 19 blocks, is averaging 7.4 ppg and 7.7 rpg overall, has scored in double figures four times and posted four double-digit rebound performances in her first season as the starter after sitting behind the graduated Carly Noyes the past two seasons.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars, producing the fourth-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 42.9 percent and owning the team lead in blocks (20). 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 seventh in WSU history with 118 made threes, sixth with 79 career blocks and tied for ninth with 113 career games played.
WSU POSTED 70-60 VICTORY OVER NO. 21 COLORADO: WSU knocked off its third-ranked opponent of the season with a 70-60 victory over No. 21/20 Colorado in Pullman last Friday. Tia Presley and sophomore guard Lia Galdeira each tallied 17 points for the Cougars. WSU received eight points apiece from Shalie Dheensaw, Dawnyelle Awa and Taylor Edmondson. Dheensaw also grabbed a team-high seven boards and blocked two shots while Awa added five assists and Edmondson knocked down two clutch threes for the Cougars. Washington State shot 41 percent from the floor and held Colorado to 32 percent shooting in the second half and 3-for-18 from behind the arc in the game. The Cougars outrebounded the Buffs 42-36 who entered the night leading the Pac-12 in rebounding margin.
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.
GALDEIRA, PRESLEY EARNED ALL-PAC-12 ACCOLADES: Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each received All-Pac-12 honors last 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 earned her first career all-conference accolade despite being limited to seven Pac-12 games after suffering a season-ending knee injury Jan. 25. The Spokane, Wash. native was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent in conference play. Presley notched 20-point performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25).