Jan. 5, 2013
ARIZONA STATE (8-5, 0-1) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (4-8, 0-1)
1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 6
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
COUGARS CLOSE OUT WEEKEND HOSTING ARIZONA STATE Sunday: Washington State University will close out the opening weekend of Pac-12 Conference play hosting Arizona State University 1 p.m., Sunday at Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: Next weekend the Cougars will head to Los Angeles to face No. 16/17 UCLA, Friday on the Pac-12 Networks and USC, Sunday, Jan. 13.
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, Jan. 11, 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 ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters Sunday's game with an 8-5 overall record after dropping its Pac-12 opener 77-74 to the University of Washington in Seattle, Friday. Forward Jada Blackwell came off the bench to pace the Sun Devils with 29 points while leading scorer Janae Fulcher recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She enters Sunday as ASU's lone player averaging double figures at 10.9 ppg. ASU leads the all-time series 38-14 and have won three straight in the series and the last eight meetings in Pullman. Head coach Charlie Turner Thorne is in her 16th season at ASU.
LAST SEASON'S ASU-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: WSU could not withstand Arizona State University's second half surge and dropped a 63-46 contest at Beasley Coliseum last January. The Cougars were held to 28.6 percent shooting by ASU, the conference's leading defensive team. The Sun Devils shot 54.8 percent and outscored the Cougs 40-26 in the second half and went on to finish the game shooting 45 percent from the floor.
LAST SEASON'S ASU-WSU MEETING IN TEMPE: Graduated senior Rosetta Adzasu's game-tying three-point attempt with three seconds left rattled out for WSU and Arizona State University held on for a 47-42 victory in Tempe, Ariz. last February. The Cougars rallied from a 19-point deficit with a little over nine minutes remaining but could not complete the comeback as a couple late buckets didn't fall. Arizona State did not make a field goal over the final 6:50.
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, Washington State 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.
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 turned some impressive performances during the nonconference slate and enters the weekend leading the conference and No. 15 in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 24.2 percent from behind the arc. Through the first 12 games, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers five times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held six teams to under 36.0 percent shooting (South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga).
NOYES CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOKS: Senior center Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Friday's game with 100 career starts, 106 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 139. 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 seven of the last 11 games including a 21-point performance against Monmouth and a 22-point outing against UC Riverside. 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 Saturday's game second on the team at 11.4 ppg and 28 steals but does lead the team with 41 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.