Jan. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON STATE (5-10, 1-3) vs. WASHINGTON (10-5, 2-2)
6 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 15
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
COUGARS FACE THE HUSKIES TUESDAY ON PAC-12 NETWORKS: Washington State will wrap up its three-game road trip Tuesday at the University of Washington. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
NEXT UP: Washington State and Washington will matchup again Sunday, this time in Pullman, Wash. Tipoff will be at 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks (Washington).
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.
FOLLOW THE COUGS AND June Daugherty ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women's basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.
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, 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 WASHINGTON: Washington enters the week with an overall record of 10-5 and 2-2 in Pac-12 play after dropping two road contests to USC and UCLA over the weekend. Guard Jazmine Davis paces the Huskies with 20.5 ppg. Head coach Kevin McGruff is in his second season at Washington after spending the previous nine seasons at Xavier.
LAST SEASON'S UW-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: Washington State dropped a 60-51 decision to Washington at Beasley Coliseum last January. Rosie Tarnowski led the Cougars with 14 points while Sage Romberg added 10. Washington held WSU to 27.1 percent shooting and finished with a 48-38 rebound advantage.
LAST SEASON'S WSU-UW MEETING IN SEATTLE: WSU's late comeback attempt came up short against Washington, falling 60-56 in Seattle last February. Rosie Tarnowski finished with eight points and seven rebounds while Rosetta Adzasu recorded seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.
SCHEDULE RANKED NINTH TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to RPIratings.com, Washington State entered the week having played the ninth toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars went on the road to face nationally ranked Louisville, Big East Conference member Syracuse, Big Ten member Minnesota (double-overtime loss), Gonzaga (win) and played a neutral site game against South Dakota State (overtime loss). WSU posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and defending WCC Tournament champion BYU.
UPDATED RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: Washington State finished last season No. 106 in the RPI rankings, up 50 spots from the year prior. This season, after posting wins over BYU, Ohio State along with the road win over Gonzaga, the Cougars enter the week with an RPI ranking of No. 102, seventh-highest in the Pac-12.
COUGARS TAKE DOWN GONZAGA ON THE ROAD: Tia Presley scored a game-high 15 points and freshman 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 Dec. 29. 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 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 TWO STRAIGHT PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADES: For the second consecutive week, 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.
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 has turned some impressive performances this season and enters the week leading the conference and eighth in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 24.3 percent from behind the arc. Through the first 15 games, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers six times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held eight teams to under 36.0 percent shooting (South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Arizona State, USC).
NOYES CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOKS: Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Tuesday's game with 103 career starts, 109 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 147. Against Arizona, the Moses Lake, Wash. native tallied 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds while surpassing the 400-rebound milestone.
PRESLEY PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in five of the last six games and nine times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25). 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 Tuesday's game second on the team at 13.6 ppg and 35 steals but does lead the team with 48 assists. 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: 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.