WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Washington State junior guard Tia Presley was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Presley earned her first career weekly honor after averaging 32.0 ppg, shooting .500 (19-38) percent from the field and .821 (23-28) percent at the free throw line while leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins over the University of Utah and the University of Colorado this past weekend. The Spokane native posted back-to-back 32-point efforts, becoming the first Cougar to record consecutive 30-point games since WSU Hall of Famer Jenni Ruff accomplished the feat twice during the 1995-96 season.
In Friday’s 83-73 win at Utah, Presley scored a game-high 32 points, 22 coming in the second half, and went 16-of-21 at the free throw line, tying a WSU single-game record for free throws made and setting a single-game record for free throw attempts. She went 8-of-16 from the field while playing 35 minutes. In Sunday’s 80-77 victory over Colorado, Presley again led all scorers with 32 points, scoring 22 in the first half, while hitting three 3-pointers and going 7-for-7 at the free throw line. She shot 11-fo-22 from the floor while playing a team-high 36 minutes.
Presley has scored 504 points this season, third-most in Cougar single-season history and has posted a team-best 11 20-point games including three 30-point efforts. She enters the week fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg.
Washington State owns a 14-12 overall record including 8-6 in Pac-12 play, giving WSU the most overall wins and conference wins since the 1995-96 team went 17-12, 8-10 (Pac-10).