WASHINGTON STATE at COLORADO
Noon (PT) • Sunday • Feb. 16
Coors Events Center (11,064)
COUGARS FACE COLORADO SUNDAY ON THE PAC-12 NETWORKS: Washington State University (13-12, 7-6 Pac-12) wraps up its mountain road trip with a Sunday matchup against the University of Colorado (14-10, 4-9 Pac-12) in Boulder, Colo. Tipoff is slated for Noon (PT) on the Pac-12 Networks.
ON DECK: The Cougars will close out their home slate hosting the Oregon schools next weekend.
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 a 13-12 record including a 7-6 mark in Pac-12 play after posting an 83-73 victory over the University of Utah Friday in Salt Lake City. Washington State owns the most overall wins and most conference wins since the 1995-96 team won 17 games including eight in the Pac-10. 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 sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.9 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 8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg and shooting over 50 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
• Tia Presley leads the team with ten 20-point games this season, Galdeira owns eight
• Presley has scored 20-plus points in four of the last five games
• 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 (43.9, 36-for-82)
• 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 seven conference wins are the most since the 1995-96 team won eight
• WSU’s 13 overall wins are the most since the 1995-96 team won 18 games
PAST PLAYER NOTES VS. COLORADO
• Last season, as a freshman, Lia Galdeira had 12 points and seven boards in Boulder
• Last season, as a freshman, Mariah Cooks scored 10 points in Boulder
• Last season, as a junior, Hana Potter had five points and five rebounds in Boulder
• As a sophomore in 2012, Brandi Thomas had nine points against Colorado in Pullman
ABOUT COLORADO: Colorado enters Sunday with 14-10 overall record including a 4-9 mark in conference play after dropping an 87-80 decision to Washington Friday. Forward Arielle Roberson leads Colorado in scoring at 13.0 ppg and in rebounding at 7.9 rpg. Head coach Linda Lappe is in her fourth season at CU and owns a 78-47 overall record at the school.
WSU-COLORADO SERIES: Colorado leads the all-time series 3-2 over Washington State after the Cougars posted a 70-60 victory in Pullman Jan. 17. The Buffaloes have won the previous two meetings in Boulder, 84-70 in 1985 and 59-45 last season.
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.
LAST YEAR AGAINST COLORADO IN BOULDER: WSU dropped a 59-45 contest to No. 20 Colorado last season in Boulder. CU held the Cougars to 19.6 percent shooting and tallied 25 points off of 25 Washington State turnovers. WSU was held to 2-for-10 from behind the arc. Lia Galdeira led the Cougars with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals and Mariah Cooks added 10 points and five boards.
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 continued her explosive season with a 32-point effort in the win over Utah Friday. Presley enters Sunday sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.9 ppg after posting a team-best ten 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, 20 in the lost to No. 23 California and 32 in the win at Utah. She is averaging 17.5 ppg during conference play, tenth-best in the league. 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. In the win at Utah, Presley matched a WSU single-game record with 16 made free throws and set a single-game record with 21 free throw attempts.
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 eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.9 ppg and second in steals with 63. Galdeira’s eight 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 44 made 3-pointers are eighth-most in the Pac-12 this season. Twice she has reached the 29-point mark, the first coming in her return to her home state 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. The lefty enters Sunday tied for the highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 43.9 percent after matching a career high of four 3-pointers against No. 3 Stanford and hitting another in the win at Utah 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 8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg and shooting over 50 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 28 blocks, while averaging 7.0 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.
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.