Jan. 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (11-5, 3-2) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (5-11, 1-4)
2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
Pac-12 Networks (Washington)
COUGARS, HUSKIES FACE OFF AGAIN SUNDAY ON THE PAC-12 NETWORKS: For the second time this week Washington State and the University of Washington will match up, this time at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. Tipoff is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks (Washington).
NEXT UP: WSU will host the Oregon schools next weekend, facing the University of Oregon, Friday Jan. 25 and Oregon State University, Sunday Jan. 27.
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 WASHINGTON: Washington enters Sunday's matchup with an overall record of 11-5 and 3-2 in Pac-12 play after dropping two road contests to USC and UCLA last week before posting a win over the Cougars. Guard Jazmine Davis paces the Huskies with 20.6 ppg after scoring 21 points Tuesday. Head coach Kevin McGruff is in his second season at Washington after spending the previous nine seasons at Xavier.
LAST SEASON'S UW-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: Washington State dropped a 60-51 decision to Washington at Beasley Coliseum last January. Rosie Tarnowski led the Cougars with 14 points while April Cook chipped in with 11 and Sage Romberg added 10. Washington held WSU to 27.1 percent shooting and finished with a 48-38 rebound advantage.
TUESDAY'S RECAP: Washington State's second-half comeback bid was held off by Washington, 60-53 in Seattle Tuesday. Down by as much as 20 in the first half, the Cougars used an 18-5 second-half run and held Washington to four made field goals in the final 20 minutes. Washington State got within four on a couple occasions but the Huskies made the most of their trips to the free throw line and held on for the win in the first of two meetings between the two teams this week. Lia Galdeira led WSU with her second double-double of the season, registering 14 points and 12 rebounds while Carly Noyes blocked one shot to become WSU's career leader in blocked shots. Washington shot 30.2 percent and made just four field goals in the second half but hit six threes in the first 20 minutes and finished the game 20-of-28 at the free throw line. WSU was held to 29.2 percent shooting and 5-of-32 from three while going 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. WSU owned a 53-37 rebound advantage and outscored the Huskies 28-12 in the paint.
SCHEDULE RANKED NINTH TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to RPIratings.com, Washington State enters the weekend having played the seventh-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, Gonzaga and played a neutral site game against South Dakota State. WSU posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and defending WCC Tournament champion BYU in addition to the always challenging Pac-12 schedule.
UPDATED RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: Washington State finished last season No. 106 in the RPI rankings, up 50 spots from 2010-11. 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. 102, seventh-highest in the Pac-12.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters the week leading the conference and No. 13 in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 24.8 percent from behind the arc. This season, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers six times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held nine teams under 36.0 percent shooting (South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Arizona State, USC, Washington).
NOYES SETS BLOCKS RECORD: 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 104 career starts, 110 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 148. 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: Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in five of the last seven games and nine times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25). 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 13.0 ppg and 35 steals but does lead the team with 50 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. 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.