Jan. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON STATE (5-8, 1-1) vs. NO. 14/15 UCLA (11-2, 2-0)
7 p.m. Friday Jan. 11
Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
COUGARS OPEN ROAD TRIP AT No. 14/15 UCLA ON PAC-12 NETWORKS: Washington State University opens its three-game road trip Friday against No. 14/15 UCLA on the Pac-12 Networks.
NEXT UP: Following its matchup against UCLA, the Cougars will face USC, Sunday at 2 p.m. WSU will continue its road trip with a matchup at the University of Washington, 6 p.m. Tuesday in Seattle on the Pac-12 Networks.
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, 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 UCLA: UCLA enters the week with an 11-2 record and 2-0 in Pac-12 play after posting road wins over the Oregon schools last weekend. The Bruins are ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. UCLA and WSU each claimed home wins last season but the Bruins lead the all-time series 46-7 and have won all 26 meetings in Los Angeles. Forward Markel Walker paces five Bruins that average in double figures with 13.4 ppg and a team-best 8.6 rpg. UCLA enters the week leading the Pac-12 in assists (16.2 apg) and steals (11.9 spg) and second in the conference in scoring at 72.1 ppg. Head coach Cori Close is in her second season at UCLA and owns a 25-18 record at the school.
LAST SEASON'S WSU-UCLA MEETING IN LOS ANGELES: Washington State dropped 73-52 decision to UCLA in Los Angeles last February. WSU was held to 27.7 percent shooting by the Bruins who out-rebounded the Cougars 50-28 and scored 38 points from inside the paint.
LAST SEASON'S UCLA-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: Four players scored in double-figures for Washington State who knocked off UCLA 76-65 at Beasley Coliseum last March. WSU posted its first win over the Bruins since 2001 after dropping the previous 23 meetings. Sage Romberg had 13 points while Carly Noyes added 12. Romberg hit all three of her three-point attempts while the Cougs matched a season-high with 10 made threes. Washington State finished the game shooting 41.0 percent and forced a conference season-best 27 turnovers. The Cougars scored 27 points off of turnovers and saw its bench outscore the UCLA bench 24-12.
SCHEDULE RANKED NINTH TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to RPIratings.com, Washington State has 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.
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. 99, eighth highest in the Pac-12.
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 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 that sealed up the win.
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 sixth in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 23.5 percent from behind the arc. Through the first 14 games, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers five times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held seven teams to under 36.0 percent shooting (South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Arizona State).
NOYES CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOKS: Senior center Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Friday's game with 101 career starts, 107 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 145. 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: Sophomore point guard Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in the eight of the last 12 games including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), UC Riverside (22) and Arizona State (27). 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 Sunday's game second on the team at 12.5 ppg and 34 steals but does lead the team with 45 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: 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.