Nov. 21, 2012
BYU vs. WASHINGTON STATE
3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS CLOSE HOMESTAND HOSTING BYU SATURDAY: Washington State University will close its three-game homestand hosting Brigham Young University Saturday at 3 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: The Cougars hit the road for a pair of games at UC Riverside, Wednesday and Fresno State University, next Friday.
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 and on twitter @WSUWomensHoops. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html.
GALDEIRA OPENS CAREER WITH BIG NUMBERS: Freshman guard 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 and finished the game 12-of-27 from the floor, 7-of-8 at the free throw line and 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 last Friday. She followed that performance with 15 points and six steals against Wisconsin this past Sunday.
COUGARS PICKED 10TH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State University was picked tenth in 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll. The Cougars were placed ahead of the University of Oregon and University of Arizona who were voted No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Stanford was voted the preseason favorite after collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11).
ABOUT BYU: BYU enters the game with a 3-2 record after posting a 62-48 victory at the University of Arizona Tuesday. Brigham Young has three players averaging in double-figures led by Jennifer Hamson's 23.0 ppg and 14.0 rpg. BYU returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last year's club that went 26-7, won the WCC Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Jeff Judkins is in his 12th season and owns a 234-117 record at the school. This will be the seventh meeting between both programs with the series even at 3-3. The last meeting came in 2000, with BYU posting a 90-58 victory in Pullman.
ANOTHER CHALLENGING NONCONFERENCE SLATE IN 2012-13: Highlighted by home games against Wisconsin, BYU and Ohio State, WSU's 2012-13 nonconference schedule features games against nine teams that reached the postseason last year, including six NCAA Tournament teams and last year's WBI Champions, Minnesota in the season-opener.
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 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.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
COUGARS SET SINGLE SEASON MARKS: As a team, WSU set the record for rebounds in a season with 1,267, grabbing nearly 100 more than the previous record. The Cougars scored the sixth-most points in a season, made the fourth most three's, recorded the fifth most assists and the second-most steals in single season history.
ADZASU INKS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT TO PLAY IN FINLAND: Former WSU guard Rosetta Adzasu recently signed a professional contract with the Kerava Energia in Finland. Adzasu was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, appearing in 62 games and starting 26 while leading the team in assists the past two seasons. In just two seasons at WSU, the West Linn, Ore. native finished her career with 382 points, 171 rebounds, 194 assists and 125 steals. As a senior, the 5-5 guard was second on the team with 7.4 ppg in conference play, posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and helped the Cougars reach the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
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, and will deliver unprecedented national television exposure to its women's basketball teams and student-athletes. 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. The 2013 tournament will be played March 7-10.