OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE
1 p.m. • Sunday • Feb. 23
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS CLOSE OUT HOME SLATE SUNDAY AGAINST OREGON: Washington State University (14-13, 8-7 Pac-12) hosts the University of Oregon (13-13, 4-11 Pac-12) in the Cougars final regular season home game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
ON DECK: The Cougars will close out the regular season with a trip to the Bay Area 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 to Steve Grubbs call 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
SENIOR DAY: Sunday’s game against Oregon will be the final regular season home game for seniors Hana Potter, Sage Romberg and Brandi Thomas. All three will be recognized prior to the game along with senior student-manager Randyn Stutesman who has worked the past three seasons with the Cougars.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own a 14-13 record including a 8-7 mark in Pac-12 play after dropping a 67-53 decision to Oregon State Friday. The 14 overall wins and eight Pac-12 wins are the most under June Daugherty and the most since 1995-96 (17-12, 8-10 Pac-10). 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, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, leads the team and is seventh in the conference in scoring at 18.9 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.6 ppg. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 7.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shooting over 47 percent from the field while posting three double-doubles.
PRESLEY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tia Presley was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Presley earned her first career weekly honor after averaging 32.0 ppg, shooting .500 percent from the field and .821 percent at the free throw line while leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins over Utah and Colorado this past weekend. Against Utah, the Spokane native scored a game-high 32 points, 22 in the second half, and went 16-of-21 at the free throw line, tying a WSU single-game record for free throws made and setting a single-game record for free throw attempts. Against Colorado, Presley again led all scorers with 32 points, scoring 22 in the first half, while hitting three 3-pointers and going 7-for-7 at the free throw line.
• Tia Presley has scored 20+ points in five of the last seven 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 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’s eight conference wins are the most since 1995-96 (8), the 1994-95 team won nine Pac-10 games
• WSU’s 14 overall wins are the most since the 1995-96 team won 18 games
• WSU entered the week No. 65 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, up from No. 80 a week ago
• WSU entered the week under the “Next Four Out” in ESPN’s latest Bracketology
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. 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). Syracuse and Dayton have been in and out of the national rankings all season while West Virginia has climbed to No. 13 in the polls and is second in the Big-12.
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 PRODUCES BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters Sunday seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.9 ppg after posting back-to-back 32-point efforts in the road sweep over Utah and Colorado last weekend. Presley leads the team with 11 20-point games this season including three 3-point efforts. Presley has scored 511 points this season, third-most in WSU single-season history and the most since Jenni Ruff’s record setting 685 in 1995-96. Presley has gone 144-for-198 at the free throw line, the second most makes and attempts in the Pac-12 this season. The Spokane native is also second on the team in shooting pct. (44.0) and steals (50). She is averaging a team-best 17.7 ppg during conference play, tied for ninth-best in the league.
PRESLEY’S 20-POINT GAMES: Tia Presley has scored 20+ points 11 times this season beginning with 20 points in the season-opener against Syracuse, followed by 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 loss to No. 23 California, 32 in the win at Utah and 32 in the win at Colorado. 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. 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. Presley’s back-to-back 32-point efforts, was the first consecutive 30-point games since WSU Hall of Famer Jenni Ruff accomplished the feat twice during the 1995-96 season.
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 ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.6 ppg and second in steals with 66. Galdeira’s eight 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 46 made 3-pointers are ninth-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. She has scored 458 points and needs seven points to join Tia Presley in WSU’s top-10 for single-season scoring.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars. The lefty enters Sunday with the third-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 42.5 percent. Romberg has hit a three in 11 of the last 13 games including four against No. 3 Stanford, matching her career high. She posted her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Colorado last Sunday and has scored in double figures in three of the last six games. Romberg enters Sunday second on the team lead in blocks with 31, 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 enters Sunday fifth in WSU history with 131 made threes, fifth with 89 career blocks, tied for second with 122 career games played and eighth with 94 career starts.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 7.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shooting over 47 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 Pullman before pouring in a career high 20 points along with 13 rebounds 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 enters Sunday with the team lead in blocks with 31 and averaging 6.9 ppg and 6.7 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.
ABOUT OREGON: Oregon enters Sunday with a 13-13 overall record and 4-11 in Pac-12 play after dropping a 108-100 road contest to Washington Friday. The Ducks entered the week leading the country in scoring at 93.5 ppg. Freshman guard Chrishae leads the Ducks in scoring at 22.1 ppg and sophomore forward Jillian Alleyne averages 21.5 ppg and 15.8 rpg. Head coach Paul Westhead is in his fifth season at Oregon and owns a 63-89 career record at the school.
OREGON-WSU SERIES: Oregon leads the all-time series 61-14 over Washington State and have won four straight in the series including the last two meetings in Pullman. Oregon is 27-8 all-time in Pullman.
LAST YEAR AGAINST OREGON IN PULLMAN: WSU’s Taylor Edmondson’s game-tying jumper rattled out as time expired, allowing Oregon to hold on for a 70-68 victory at Beasley Coliseum last season. The Cougars were led by Tia Presley’s 16 points and Lia Galdeira’s 13. Oregon knocked down 12 three-pointers and held off WSU’s second half rally. Mariah Cooks record seven points and eight rebounds. WSU rebounded from shooting 28 percent in the first half, by hitting 46 percent in the second half.
THIS SEASON AGAINST OREGON IN EUGENE: WSU dropped a road contest 82-66 to Oregon Jan. 24 in Eugene. Lia Galdeira led the Cougars with 16 points and Tia Presley added 14 points after going 10-of-12 at the free throw line. Sage Romberg recorded nine points after hitting three 3-pointers and also grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Dawnyelle Awa finished with nine points and Hana Potter brought down a season-high seven rebounds. The Cougars were held to 29 percent shooting despite hitting 10 from behind the arc. Oregon shot over 43 percent and owned a 59-35 rebounding advantage, outscoring the Cougars 44-22 in the paint and recording 18 second-chance points. Forward Jillian Alleyne recorded 21 points and 19 rebounds..
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.