WASHINGTON STATE at NO. 18/18 CALIFORNIA
6 p.m. • Thursday • Feb. 27
Haas Pavilion (11,877)
COUGARS OPEN FINAL TRIP THURSDAY AGAINST NO. 18/18 CAL: Washington State University (15-13, 9-7 Pac-12) opens its final regular season road trip Thursday against No. 18/18 University of California (20-7, 12-4 Pac-12) at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
ON DECK: The Cougars will close out the regular season Saturday at No. 5/4 Stanford University.
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
COUGARS CLOSING IN ON PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: Washington State enters the weekend with a 9-7 record in the Pac-12 and will finish anywhere between No. 4-7 in the standings. The Cougars own tiebreakers over Arizona State, Washington and USC, should they finish with identical conference records. ASU (11-5) enters the week tied for third while Washington (9-7) and USC (9-7) come into the week tied with WSU for fifth.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own a 15-13 record including a 9-7 mark in Pac-12 play after falling to Oregon State 67-53 last Friday and beating Oregon 108-88 Sunday. The 15 overall wins and nine Pac-12 wins are the most under June Daugherty and the most since the 1995-96 team won 17 games and the 1994-95 team posted nine wins during Pac-10 play. The Cougars own three wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week having faced the nation’s No. 20 toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley leads the team and is sixth in the conference in scoring at 19.4 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.0 ppg. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw is averaging 7.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shooting over 48 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 Feb. 17. 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 (Feb. 14) and Colorado (Feb. 16). 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 six of the last eight games, including three 32-point 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 nine conference wins are the most since the 1994-95 team won nine Pac-10 games
• WSU’s 15 overall wins are the most since the 1995-96 team won 17 games
• WSU entered the week No. 67 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, up from No. 80 two weeks ago
• Presley and Lia Galdeira have combined for 1,028 points, the highest-scoring tandem in WSU history
SCHEDULE RANKED 20th 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 (Atlantic-10 Regular Season Champions) 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 the week sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg after posting back-to-back 32-point efforts in the road sweep over Utah and Colorado two weekends ago and another 32-point game in the win over Oregon Sunday. Presley leads the team with 12 20-point games this season including four 30-point efforts. Presley has scored 543 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 148-for-207 at the free throw line, the second most makes and attempts in the Pac-12 this season. The Spokane native leads the team in shooting pct. (45.4) and is second in steals (51). She is averaging a team-best 18.6 ppg during conference play, seventh-best in the league.
PRESLEY’S 20-POINT GAMES: Tia Presley has scored 20+ points 12 times this season, tied for third-most by a Cougar in a single season. Jenni Ruff holds the record with 19 in 1995-96. Presley opened the season with 20 points Syracuse, later went for 29 in the win over Ole Miss in Hawaii, scored a career-high 37 in the win over Fresno State, went for 21 while beating Cal State Northridge, scored 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 wins at Utah, at Colorado and against Oregon. 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 picked up where she left off from last year’s record-setting freshman season. The sophomore guard enters the week eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.0 ppg and second in steals with 67. Galdeira’s nine 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 50 made 3-pointers are sixth-most in the Pac-12 this season and tied for sixth-most in WSU single-season history. 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, 21 against No. 3 Stanford and 27 in the win over Oregon. She has scored 485 points this season, sixth-most in WSU single-season history.
ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars. The lefty enters the week with the third-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 44.6 percent. Romberg has hit a three in 12 of the last 14 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 at Colorado. Romberg enters the week 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 the week fifth in WSU history with 132 made threes, fifth with 90 career blocks, second with 123 career games played and eighth with 95 career starts.
DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw has increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 7.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shooting over 48 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 the week leading team lead in blocks with 32 and averaging 7.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg overall. She has scored in double figures seven 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 CALIFORNIA: California enters the week with a 20-7 overall record and in second place in the Pac-12 standings with a 12-4 mark. The Golden Bears come into the week ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top-25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Forward Reshanda Gray leads Cal in scoring at 16.4 ppg and rebounding at 8.6 rpg. Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is in her third season at California and owns a 78-20 career record at the school.
WSU-CAL SERIES: California leads the all-time series with Washington State 39-21 after posting an 87-70 victory in Pullman Feb. 9. The Golden Bears have won the last four meetings in the series. Cal owns a 24-5 mark against the Cougars in Berkeley, winning the last meeting 60-55 in 2012.
LAST TIME IN BERKELEY: WSU’s comeback attempt in the final seconds came up short at California, as the Golden Bears connected on a couple baskets with under a minute to go and handed the Cougars a 60-55 defeat in Haas Pavilion in 2012. WSU was led by Carly Noyes and Sage Romberg who each finished with 10 points. California used a 44-35 rebound advantage to score 44 points in the paint. Washington State finished the game shooting 35 percent and 11-of-20 at the free throw line while Cal shot 42.4 percent and was able to overcome its 18 turnovers.
THIS SEASON AGAINST CAL IN PULLMAN: Washington State suffered a 87-70 defeat to No. 23/22 California Feb. 9 in Pullman. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 20 points. Washington State shot 50 percent in the first half, owning a four-point lead at the break but was limited to 28 percent shooting in the second half and surrendered 46 points in the paint to California. WSU received 13 points from Lia Galdeira and 11 from Taylor Edmondson who hit three 3-pointers. Mariah Cooks recorded nine points and seven rebounds while Brandi Thomas added eight points. Cal erased the halftime deficit with a 19-0 run late in the second half. The Golden Bears shot over 51 percent in the second half and finished the game with a 55-27 rebounding advantage and 24-of-33 at the free throw line.
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 BEATS NO. 24/25 ARIZONA STATE IN PAC-12 OPENER: WSU opened Pac-12 Conference play by knocking off No. 24/25 Arizona State 85-78 in Beasley Coliseum Jan. 3. Lia Galdeira led all scorers with 27 points while going 10-of-12 at the free throw line for the Cougars who recorded their fourth straight win over the Sun Devils after sweeping all three meetings last season. Washington State overcame a four-point halftime deficit by shooting over 58 percent in the second half. WSU had four players score in double figures and outscored the Sun Devils 49-30 inside the paint. Tia Presley tallied 17 points while Mariah Cooks registered 11 points and six rebounds. Sage Romberg scored all 10 of her points in the second half and Shalie Dheensaw finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. For the game, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field while ASU was held to 31 percent in the second half and 41 percent for the game.
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.
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.