WASHINGTON STATE (12-9, 6-3) at UCLA (10-12, 4-6)
Noon • Sunday • Feb. 2
Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
COUGARS CLOSE OUT ROAD SWING SUNDAY AGAINST UCLA: Washington State University closes out a four-game road stretch Sunday against UCLA at Noon in Los Angeles.
ON DECK: The Cougars return home to host Stanford Friday, Feb. 7 and California Sunday, Feb. 9.
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 an 12-9 record and 6-3 in Pac-12 play after starting 5-0 for the first time since starting Northwest Women’s Basketball League play 5-0 in 1977-78. The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week with the nation’s No. 14-toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley enters Sunday leading the team and sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.5 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira enters Sunday seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.2 ppg including 18.6 ppg in Pac-12 play, sixth-highest in the league. In nine conference games, center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg and shooting over 53 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
• Lia Galdeira is sixth in the conference in scoring during Pac-12 play at 18.6 ppg
• Galdeira and Presley each own seven 20-point scoring efforts this season
• Shalie Dheensaw’s first two career double-doubles came in the two wins over Washington, her third career double-double came Friday in the win over USC
• 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 entered the week No. 70 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings
• 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’s six conference wins match last year’s total, havn’t won seven conference games since winning eight in 1995-96
PLAYER NOTES VS. UCLA
• Last season, Lia Galdeira had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists at UCLA, scored 19 points against UCLA in Pullman
• Last season, Mariah Cooks and Taylor Edmondson each had six points at UCLA
• Last season, Tia Presley scored 16 points at UCLA, only played UCLA one time in career
• As a freshman in 2012, Shalie Dheensaw had six points and five rebounds at UCLA
• As a sophomore in 2012, Brandi Thomas had seven points, five rebounds and three steals in the win over UCLA in Pullman
• As a sophomore in 2012, Sage Romberg hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points in the win over UCLA in Pullman
ABOUT UCLA: UCLA enters Sunday with a 10-12 overall record and 4-6 in Pac-12 play after dropping a 70-58 decision to Washington Friday. Atonye Nyingifa paces the Bruins in scoring at 17.5 ppg and rebounding at 8.9 rpg. Head coach Cori Close is in her third season at UCLA and owns a 50-36 career record at the school.
WSU-UCLA SERIES: UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington State 48-7 including a 27-0 mark when playing in Los Angeles. The Cougars last win over UCLA was a 76-65 victory in Pullman in 2012. The Bruins won both meetings last season, 78-52 in Los Angeles and 80-65 in Pullman.
LAST YEAR AGAINST UCLA IN LOS ANGELES: Washington State dropped its Pac-12 Conference road opener 78-52 to No. 14/15 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion last January. Tia Presley led WSU with 16 points and Lia Galdeira added 11 points and five rebounds. The hot-shooting Bruins shot 56.3 percent from the floor and scored 31 points off of 19 WSU turnovers. The Cougars were held 34.6 percent from the field including 2-for-12 from behind the three-point line.
SCHEDULE RANKED 14th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the No. 14-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 Sunday sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.5 ppg after posting seven 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., 29 in the win at Washington and 21 in the win at USC. 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 Sunday seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.2 ppg and tied for third in steals with 51. Galdeira’s seven 20-point performances this season are tied with Presley for the team lead. Her 37 made 3-pointers are ninth-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, 28 in the home victory over Washington and 21 at Oregon State last Sunday.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg and shooting over 53 percent from the field after 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 the win in Pullman before pouring in a career high 20 points along with 13 rebounds in the victory 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 owns the team-lead with 24 blocks, while averaging 7.4 ppg and 7.2 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.
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 43.3 percent and second on the team lead in blocks (22). 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 123 made threes, tied for fifth with 81 career blocks, tied for fifth with 116 career games played and eighth with 88 career starts.
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. Tia Presley and 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. 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.