WASHINGTON STATE at UTAH
6 p.m. (PT) • Friday • Feb. 14
Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Salt Lake City
COUGARS OPEN ROAD TRIP FRIDAY AT UTAH: Washington State University (12-12, 6-6 Pac-12) opens its mountain road trip Friday in Salt Lake City against the University of Utah (10-13, 3-9 Pac-12) at 6 p.m. (PT).
ON DECK: The Cougars will face the University of Colorado Sunday at Noon (PT) on 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.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT IN SEATTLE: The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played Thursday-Sunday, March 6 - 9, 2014, at KeyArena in Seattle for the second year in a row. For more information on tickets please visit http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-womens-basketball-tournament/tickets
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own an 12-12 record and 6-6 in Pac-12 play after dropping both home contests last week to No. 3/3 Stanford University, 77-69 Friday and 87-70 to No. 23/22 University of Calfiornia Sunday. The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week having faced the nation’s No. 10 toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley leads the team and is tied for sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.3 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.9 ppg including 18.0 ppg in Pac-12 play, ninth-highest in the league. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 8.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and shooting nearly 52 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
• Lia Galdeira is ninth in the conference in scoring during Pac-12 play at 18.0 ppg
• Tia Presley leads the team with nine 20-point games this season, Galdeira owns eight
• 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 is the only player in the Pac-12 to lead her team in blocks (29) and 3-point shooting (43.8, 35-for-80)
• 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. 80 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. UTAH
• This season, Taylor Edmondson started in place of Lia Galdeira, had eight points and three assists
• This season, Tia Presley scored 13 points in the loss in Pullman
• This season, Sage Romberg scored 12 points in the loss in Pullman
• This season, Mariah Cooks recoded seven points, six rebounds and three assists in the loss in Pullman
• Last season at Utah, Alexas Williamson had six points and two steals
• As a sophomore in 2012, Brandi Thomas scored a career-high 18 points off the bench in the win over Utah in Pullman
ABOUT UTAH: Utah enters Friday with a 10-13 overall record and 3-9 in Pac-12 play after dropping road contests to Oregon and Oregon State last Saturday and Monday, respectively. Forward Michelle Plouffe paces the Utes at 17.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg. Head coach Anthony Levrets is in his fourth season at Utah and owns a 67-60 record at the school.
WSU-UTAH SERIES: Utah leads the all-time series 11-2 over Washington State, having won the last two meetings including a 59-57 decision in Pullman Jan. 19. The Utes own a 6-1 series record in games played in Salt Lake City after posting a 59-47 victory last season.
FIRST MEETING AGAINST UTAH IN PULLMAN: WSU saw its perfect Pac-12 Conference record slip to 5-1 after Utah scored the go-ahead basket with two seconds remaining to beat the Cougars 59-57 in Pullman Jan. 19. The Cougars, playing without their second-leading scorer Lia Galdeira (18.6 ppg) who sat out due to soreness, shot 40 percent from the floor and 5-of-15 from behind the arc. Utah shot over 54 percent in the second half and finished 13-of-21 from the free throw line while WSU Went 6-of-9. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 13 points and Sage Romberg added 12. Taylor Edmondson started in place of Galdeira and finished with eight points and three assists. Michelle Plouffe led the Utes with 17 points and 10 rebounds after hit the eventual game-winner.
LAST YEAR AGAINST UTAH IN SALT LAKE CITY: WSU dropped its regular season road finale 59-47 to Utah last February. Lia Galdeira led the Cougars with 14 points. Utah shot 42.9 percent and posted a 45-24 rebounding advantage while WSU was held to 37.5 percent from the field.
SCHEDULE RANKED 10th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the No. 10 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and USC on the road, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 21 Colorado in Pullman, but dropped contests to Syracuse, West Virginia (neutral), Dayton (road), No. 25 Gonzaga, No. 3 Stanford (home) and No. 23 Cal (home).
COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State has gone 3-3 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 and a 87-70 decision to No. 23 Cal. For the first time since 1995, WSU owns three wins over ranked teams in a season.
PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley entered the week tied for sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.3 ppg after posting nine 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, 20 against No. 3 Stanford and 20 in in the lost to No. 23 California. She is averaging just over 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 entered the week eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.9 ppg and second in steals with 59. Galdeira’s eight 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 41 made 3-pointers are tied for eighth in the Pac-12 this season. 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 second-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 43.8 percent after matching a career high of four 3-pointers against No. 3 Stanford last Friday. Romberg leads the team in blocks with 29, twice producing a 4-block game against Washington and No. 23 Cal. 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 entered the week sixth in WSU history with 129 made threes, fifth with 88 career blocks, fourth with 119 career games played and eighth with 91 career starts.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 8.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and shooting nearly 52 percent from the field while 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 is second on the team in blocks 26 blocks, while averaging 7.2 ppg and 6.8 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.