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Incoming Cougars Cap Impressive High School Careers
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/30/2012
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May 30, 2012

PULLMAN, Wash. - Six incoming Washington State women's basketball freshmen wrapped up their impressive high school careers this past spring. Here is what each future Cougar accomplished during their senior campaigns.

Dawnyelle Awa

 5-8
 Guard
 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Awa, along with fellow incoming Cougar Lia Galderia, helped Konawaena High School to a 28-3 record, its second straight Hawaii state title, and third in the last four years. KHS posted wins over nationally ranked Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas), Oregon City (Oregon), and Brea Olinda (California). Following the season, Awa was named the Hawaii Gatorade Girls High School Player of the Year after averaging 11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 apg and 4.0 spg while shooting 54 percent from inside the three-point arc. She was a four-time selection on the Hawaii's all-tournament team and was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Iolani Classic. The three-time Hawaii State Player of the Year finished her career a four-time First Team All-State selection and four-time All-Big Island League honoree.

Mariah Cooks

 6-0
 Forward
 Santa Maria, Calif.

Cooks led Ernest Righetti High School to the CIF Division 2A Southern Section quarterfinals and earned Pac-7 League and Santa Barbara County Most Valuable Player after averaging 21.7 ppg and 12.0 rpg in league play. The guard also earned first team all-league honors, first team all-CIF and averaged 22.0 ppg and 12.6 rpg during the CIF playoffs.

Taylor Edmondson

 5-11
 Guard
 Carlsbad, N.M.

Edmondson, out of Carlsbad High School, earned District 4-5A Player of the Year honors, First Team All-State and All-District as a senior. She was later nominated for the New Mexico Gatorade State Player of the Year and was later named the state's number one prospect by NMPREPS.com. She led her team in scoring (10.7 ppg), blocks (32) and assists (88) while helping CHS to a 20-12 overall record. Last fall, Edmondson was named all-state in volleyball and later set school records in the triple jump and long jump this past spring.

Emalia "Lia" Galdeira

 5-8
 Guard
 Kamuela, Hawaii

Galdeira, along with fellow incoming Cougar Awa, helped Konawaena High School to a 28-3 record, its second straight Hawaii state title, and third in the last four years. KHS posted wins over nationally ranked Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas), Oregon City (Oregon), and Brea Olinda (California). She put up 21 points and eight rebounds to help KHS claim the 2012 state title. In league play this season, Galdeira averaged 17.0 ppg, 5.0 spg and 3.0 apg and was selected by the league's coaches as the All-BIIF West Division Player of the Year, edging out Awa for the award. Galdeira was a four-time All-Big Island League selection and was also a four-time selection on the Hawaii's all-tournament team. She also earned all-tournament teams honors three times at the prestigious Iolani Tournament.

Whitney Tinjum

 6-1
 Forward
 Stacy, Minn.

Tinjum led Chisago Lakes High School to its inaugural Minnesota State Tournament berth in school history and a 22-6 record. The forward was named All-State and North Suburban Conference Player of the Year for a fourth consecutive year after averaging 24.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 2.5 apg. As a senior, she shot 56 percent from three-point range, was named an all-state selection by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association and was a candidate for Minnesota Miss Basketball. Tinjum was named the most valuable player of the 3AAA All-Star game and finished her career as CLHS's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Alexas Williamson

 5-9
 Guard
 Chino Hills, Calif.

Williamson helped Mater Dei High School to a 34-3 record and its third straight Division I State Championship, fourth straight CIF Championship and five consecutive Trinity League title. The guard averaged 12.9 ppg and was named Second Team All-State Division I, Sixth Team All-State All Divisions, First Team All-CIF and First Team All-Trinity League. Williamson is a three-time All-Trinity League selection, a recipient of the Sportsmanship Award at the 2012 state title game and was part of Mater Dei's 2011 USA TODAY National Championship team.

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