No. 23/22 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE
2 p.m. • Sunday • Feb. 9
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS CONTINUE HOMESTAND SUNDAY AGAINST NO. 23/22 CALIFORNIA: Washington State University (12-11, 6-5 Pac-12) hosts No. 23/22 University of California (15-7, 7-4 Pac-12) Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: WSU athletics will honor National Girls and Women in Sports Day and WSU Basketball Honor the Past Sunday. Washington State is inviting all women’s basketball alumni back to the game. The first 500 fans can pick up a free Coke drink and a WSU commemorative cup.
ON DECK: WSU hits the road for two games at the University of Utah Friday and University of Colorado Sunday.
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 12-11 record and 6-5 in Pac-12 play after dropping their upset bid came up short to No. 3/3 Stanford University, 77-69 Friday. The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week having faced the nation’s No. 15-toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley leads the team and is sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.3 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.1 ppg including 18.5 ppg in Pac-12 play, tied for eighth-highest in the league. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 8.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg and shooting nearly 53 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
• Lia Galdeira is tied for eighth in the conference in scoring during Pac-12 play at 18.5 ppg
• Galdeira and Presley each own eight 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 in the win over USC
• Sage Romberg received an invitation to the WNBA combine, held at the NCAA Final Four in Nashville
• 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. 69 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings
• WSU owns three wins over ranked teams this season, the most since 1994-95
• WSU’s six conference wins match last year’s total, WSU hasn’t won seven conference games since winning eight in 1995-96
PLAYER NOTES VS. CAL
• As a sophomore in 2012, Potter had four points and four rebounds at Cal
• Last season, Sage Romberg scored seven points against Cal
• As a sophomore in 2012, Romberg scored 10 points at Cal, notched 11 points against Cal in the Pac-12 semifinal
• As a freshman in 2011, Romberg scored 10 points in the win at Cal
• As a freshman in 2012, Tia Presley grabbed seven rebounds at Cal
• Last season, Mariah Cooks had eight points and six rebound against Cal in Pullman
• Last season, Taylor Edmondson scored seven points against Cal in Pullman
• Last season, Lia Galdeira recorded 18 points and seven rebounds against Cal in Pullman
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: California enters Sunday with a 15-7 overall record and 7-4 in Pac-12 play after beating Washington 70-65 Friday. The Bears entered the week ranked No. 23 by the Associated Press and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Forward Reshanda Gray owns team highs in scoring at 16.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is in her third season at Cal and owns a 73-20 record.
CAL-WSU SERIES: Cal enters the game leading the all-time series 38-21 and winners of the last three meetings including a 73-60 decision in Pullman last season, the only game between to two teams. Washington State’s last win in the series came when they swept the season series in 2011, winning 77-63 in Pullman and 68-66 in Berkeley.
LAST YEAR AGAINST CAL IN PULLMAN: Lia Galdeira scored 18 points and broke the school-record for points in a season by a freshman in the Cougars 73-60 defeat to No. 6 California at Beasley Coliseum last February. Washington State shot 39.7 percent from the floor and scored 20 points off of 17 California 17 turnovers. The Golden Bears shot 44.3 percent, knocked down 11 three pointers and posted a 44-31 rebounding advantage. Galdeira also grabbed seven rebounds, Mariah Cooks added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Cougars who also received seven points from Sage Romberg and Taylor Edmondson. California was led by Layshia Clarendon’s 26 points.
SCHEDULE RANKED 15th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the No. 15-toughest schedule in the country prior to facing Stanford and Cal this weekend. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and USC on the road, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 21 Colorado in Pullman, 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 3-2 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, a 70-60 win over No. 21 Colorado. The Cougars dropped a pair of eight-point contests to No. 25 Gonzaga and No. 3 Stanford. For the first time since 1995, WSU owns three wins over ranked teams in a season.
PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters Sunday sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.3 ppg after posting eight 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, 21 in the win at USC and 20 against No. 3 Stanford. She is averaging just under 16 ppg during conference play. 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. Presley went 15-of-24 from the floor including a career high five threes. 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 18.1 ppg and second in steals with 57. Galdeira’s eight 20-point performances this season are tied with Presley for the team lead. Her 40 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, 27 in the win over No. 24 Arizona State, 28 in the home victory over Washington, 21 at Oregon State and 21 against No. 3 Stanford.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars, producing the best 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 44.9 percent after matching a career high of four 3-pointers against No. 3 Stanford Friday. Romberg owns the second-most blocks on the team (25). 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 Sunday in WSU history with 129 made threes, fifth with 84 career blocks, tied for fourth with 118 career games played and tied for eighth with 90 career starts.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 8.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg and shooting nearly 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 26 blocks, while averaging 7.3 ppg and 7.0 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.