Feb. 2, 2013
WASHINGTON STATE (7-13, 3-6) at ARIZONA (11-9, 3-6)
1 p.m. (PT) • Sunday • Feb. 3
McKale Center (14,545)
WASHINGTON STATE WRAPS UP ROAD SWING SUNDAY AGAINST ARIZONA: Washington State wraps up its Arizona road swing Sunday against University of Arizona. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. (PT).
NEXT UP: Following the matchup against Arizona, the Cougars will host USC and UCLA next Friday and Sunday, respectively.
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 ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women’s basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: Five of WSU’s Pac-12 Conference games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The 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. Every WSU home game will be webstreamed on Pac-12.com during the 2012-13 conference season.
ABOUT ARIZONA: Arizona enters Sunday with an 11-9 overall recording including a 3-6 mark in Pac-12 play and have dropped its last four conference games after falling 74-65 to the University of Washington Friday. Guard Davellyn Whyte paces the Wildcats at 16.4 ppg while Kama Griffitts adds 12.3 ppg. Head coach Niya Butts is in her fifth season at Arizona.
RECAP: JAN 6 MEETING IN PULLMAN: WSU had three players score in double figures but the Arizona offense came alive in the second half to come back and post a 71-65 victory in both teams Pac-12 Conference opener at Beasley Coliseum Jan. 6. WSU held Arizona to 5-of-17 (29.4%) from behind the arc and owned a 45-35 rebounding advantage. Arizona caught fire in the second half and shot nearly 52 percent in the final period and finished the game shooting just under 45 percent. The Cougars shot 33.3 percent from the field and finished with a season-high eight 3-pointers. Sage Romberg added 10 points and seven rebounds. Arizona had five players finish in double figures led by Alli Goyd’s 19 points and eight rebounds.
RECAP: LAST SEASON’S MEETING IN TUCSON: Washington State dropped a 90-51 decision to Arizona last February. Brandi Thomas led WSU with 14 points. The Wildcats shot 54.4 percent from the field and knocked down 11 threes.
PRESLEY OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Tia Presley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in the final minutes of last Friday’s loss to the University of Oregon. The sophomore guard was second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg and 41 steals and owned a team-high 52 assists. During Pac-12 play, Presley was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent through seven games. Presley scored in double-figures 12 times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25). The Spokane, Wash. native did a little bit of everything in the win over Ohio State, recording eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three 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.
SCHEDULE RANKED No. 22 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State entered the week having played the No. 22 toughest schedule in the country. Earlier this season, the schedule ranked the ninth-toughest. The Cougars went on the road to face nationally ranked Louisville, Big East Conference member Syracuse, Minnesota, Gonzaga and a neutral site game against South Dakota State. WSU has posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and defending WCC Tournament champion BYU.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters Sunday fourth in the conference in three-point defense, holding opponents to 28.4 percent from behind the arc. This season, the Cougars have made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers nine times, allowed less than 60 points five times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, at Arizona State) and held 11 teams under 36.0 percent shooting (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington, Oregon, at Arizona State).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington State owns six freshmen on its roster and has received more and more from its first-year players during Pac-12 play. Guard Lia Galdeira paces the team in scoring and steals and has scored in double figures 17 times. Through nine conference games, forward Mariah Cooks and guard Taylor Edmondson have produced while coming off the bench with Cooks averaging 6.8 ppg and Edmondson adding 5.7 ppg. Dawnyelle Awa started at point guard in place of Presley last Sunday and delivered seven points, four assists, six steals and zero turnovers.
NOYES SETS BLOCKS RECORD: Carly Noyes capped her climb up WSU’s career blocks list after blocking one shot at Washington to break Holly Zapel’s career blocks record of 147. Noyes added one against Arizona State Friday and now owns 152 career blocks. The Moses Lake, Wash. native opened conference play with three blocks against Arizona before matching a career high with five blocks in the win over Arizona State. Noyes is also closing in on Katie Appleton’s record for career starts of 110 and Jazmine Perkins’ record for career games played with 122. Noyes enters Sunday’s game with 108 career starts, 114 games played and as the Pac-12’s active leader in career blocks.
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.
GALDEIRA EARNED TWO STRAIGHT PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADES: Lia Galdeira tallied consecutive Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors in December. Galdeira earned her first award after scoring a game-high 15 points in the 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. She picked up her second career honor after leading the Cougars in scoring in road contests against No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. The guard 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 a player receive multiple weekly accolades in a season since Jenni Ruff earned three weekly honors during the 1995-96 season.
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. In her first game against Washington, she posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
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.