Jan. 2, 2013
ARIZONA (8-3, 0-0) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (4-7, 0-0)
7 p.m. Friday Jan. 4
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
WASHINGTON STATE OPENS PAC-12 PLAY FRIDAY HOSTING ARIZONA: Washington State University opens Pac-12 Conference play hosting the University of Arizona, 7 p.m. Friday.
NEXT UP: Following a Sunday home matchup against Arizona State University at 1 p.m., the Cougars will head to Los Angeles to face No. 16/17 UCLA next Friday on the Pac-12 Networks and USC Sunday, Jan. 13.
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 to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The games that will be televised will be WSU's game at UCLA, Jan. 11, both games against the University of Washington, Jan. 15 and 20, the Feb. 17 game at the University of Oregon on the Pac-12 Networks Oregon/Washington and the regular-season finale at home against Stanford University, Feb. 26 on the Pac-12 Networks.
ABOUT ARIZONA: Arizona enters Pac-12 play with an 8-3 overall record and winners of its last three games capped by an 86-68 victory over Longwood Dec. 20. The Wildcats have four players averaging in double figures led by guard Davellyn Whyte at 16.6 ppg, good for fifth in the conference. Forward Erica Barnes averages a team-high 6.4 rpg. Arizona leads the Pac-12 in 3-PT shooting at 35.3 percent and are second in steals at 11.4 spg. Head coach Niya Butts is in her fifth season at Arizona.
LAST SEASON'S ARIZ-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: Five players scored in double figures as Washington State posted a 78-68 victory over in Beasley Coliseum last January. WSU received 38 points from its bench and held Arizona to 21.4 percent behind the arc. The Cougars locked things down on the defensive end, forcing the Wildcats into 23 turnovers. Sage Romberg came off the bench to pace the Cougs with 14 points and Carly Noyes finished with 12. Shalie Dheensaw added a career-high eight points off the bench.
COUGARS TAKE DOWN GONZAGA ON THE ROAD: Sophomore guard Tia Presley scored a game-high 15 points and freshman forward Mariah Cooks added 12 off the bench as Washington State posted a 57-51 victory over Gonzaga in front of a sold out crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center last Saturday. The Cougars held Gonzaga to 25 percent shooting in the second half and forced the Zags into 15 turnovers. Washington State received 20 points from its bench while Gonzaga went 7-of-17 at the free throw line. Freshman guard Lia Galdeira brought down a team-high eight rebounds and notched 11 points while hitting three from behind the arc including a big one in the final seconds. Cooks connected on 6-of-8 free throw attempts including four in the final four minutes.
GALDEIRA EARNED BACK-TO-BACK PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADES: For the second consecutive week, Washington State guard Lia Galdeira was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week (Dec. 17-24). Galdeira earned her second career honor after leading the Cougars in scoring in road contests against No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. The Kamuela, Hawaii native scored 13 points and made three steals at Louisville before posting 16 points and a team-best six rebounds at Syracuse while also hitting a pair of threes. It's the first time in program history that a Cougar has won a weekly award in consecutive weeks and it's the first time WSU has had multiple weekly accolades in a season since Jenni Ruff earned three weekly honors during the 1995-96 season.
GALDEIRA NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Washington State's Lia Galdeira was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Dec. 17. Galdeira scored a game-high 15 points in WSU's 62-55 win over No. 20 Ohio State. The Kamuela, Hawaii native also grabbed six rebounds and finished 6-for-6 at free throw line including four that came in the final 20 seconds that sealed up the Cougars first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 22 Arizona 93-86 in Pullman, Feb. 20, 2001.
COUGARS KNOCK OFF No. 20/19 OHIO STATE: Washington State's 62-55 victory over Ohio State Dec. 15 was the Cougars first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 22 Arizona 93-86 in Pullman Feb. 10, 2001. Its was the first win over a top-20 opponent since upsetting No. 18 Oregon 67-64 in Pullman just less than a month prior, Jan. 20, 2001.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense turned some impressive performances during the nonconference slate and enters Pac-12 play leading the conference and No. 15 in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 23.8 percent from behind the arc. Through the first 11 games, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers four times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held six teams to under 36.0 percent shooting (South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga).
NOYES CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOKS: Senior center Carly Noyes continues to close in on WSU's career block record after blocking two shots in the win over Ohio State. Noyes is 11 blocks away from breaking Holly Zapel's top mark of 147 and is on pace to break Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Friday's game with 99 career starts, 105 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 137. The Moses Lake, Wash. native is two rebounds away from reaching the 400-rebound milestone.
PRESLEY PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore point guard Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in the seven of the last 10 games including a 21-point performance against Monmouth and a 22-point outing against UC Riverside. The Spokane, Wash. native also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at UCR to notch her first career double-double. She did a little bit of everything in the win over Ohio State, recording eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Presley enters Friday's game second on the team at 11.7 ppg and leads the team with 38 assists and 27 steals. Last season, Presley scored in double-figures five times and made 15 starts before a foot injury kept her out of the final 12 games.
GALDEIRA OPENS CAREER WITH BIG NUMBERS: Lia Galdeira made history with her 33-point point performance in the double-overtime season-opening loss at Minnesota. Galdeira set a WSU freshman record for points in a game after going 12-of-27 from the floor, 7-of-8 at the free throw line while adding five steals. The Kamuela, Hawaii native broke the previous record of 28 points shared by Nikky Mohr (Puget Sound, 11/26/83) and Jazmine Perkins (Northern Colorado, 11/28/08). She was later named to the Best Buy Classic all-tournament team after posting 12 points, six rebounds and three steals in the overtime defeat to South Dakota State. Galdeira followed that weekend with her first career double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with six assists and six steals in her home debut against Monmouth.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE: With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.