Feb. 9, 2013
No. 17/17 UCLA (18-4, 9-2) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (9-13, 5-6)
Noon Sunday Feb. 10
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
WASHINGTON STATE HOSTS NO. 17 UCLA SUNDAY: Washington State hosts No. 17/17 UCLA Sunday at Noon at Beasley Coliseum.
COMING UP: Next weekend, WSU hits the road to face the Oregon schools, Oregon State University, 7 p.m. Friday and the University of Oregon, 4 p.m. Sunday on the Pac-12 Networks (Washington-Oregon).
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.
FOLLOW THE COUGS ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women's basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.
ABOUT UCLA: UCLA enters Sunday with an 18-4 overall record and 9-2 in Pac-12 play, after beating the University of Washington, 65-61 in Seattle to post its fifth straight win. The Bruins are ranked No. 17 in both national polls this week. UCLA and WSU each claimed home wins last season but the Bruins lead the all-time series 47-7 after beating WSU 78-52 Jan. 11 in Los Angeles. Alyssia Brewer paces the club in scoring at 11.5 ppg and is tied with Markel Walker for the team lead in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. UCLA enters Sunday leading the Pac-12 in assists (16.3 apg) and steals (11.3 spg) and third in scoring at 69.9 ppg. Head coach Cori Close is in her second season at UCLA.
RECAP: JAN 11 MEETING IN LOS ANGELES: Washington State dropped its Pac-12 Conference road opener 78-52 to No. 14/15 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Tia Presley led WSU with 16 points and Hana Potter grabbed eight boards and Taylor Edmondson chipped in with six points. The hot-shooting Bruins shot 56.3 percent from the floor and scored 31 points off of 19 WSU turnovers. The Cougars were held to 34.6 percent from the field including 2-for-12 from behind the three-point line.
RECAP: LAST SEASON'S MEETING IN PULLMAN: Four players scored in double-figures for Washington State who knocked off UCLA 76-65 at Beasley Coliseum last March. WSU posted its first win over the Bruins since 2001 after dropping the previous 23 meetings. Sage Romberg had 13 points while Carly Noyes added 12. Romberg hit all three of her three-point attempts while the Cougs matched a season-high with 10 made threes. Washington State finished the game shooting 41.0 percent and forced a conference season-best 27 turnovers. The Cougars scored 27 points off of turnovers and saw its bench outscore the UCLA bench 24-12.
SCHEDULE RANKED NO. 30 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State entered the week having played the No. 30 toughest schedule in the country. Earlier this season, the schedule ranked the ninth-toughest after the Cougars went on the road to face nationally ranked Louisville, Big East Conference member Syracuse, Minnesota, Gonzaga and a neutral site game against South Dakota State. WSU has posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and WCC-preseason favorite BYU.
GALDEIRA NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR A THIRD TIME: Following another impressive weekend, Lia Galdeira picked up her third Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season, the conference office announced Monday. Galdeira averaged 20.5 ppg and 7.0 spg for the Cougars who beat Arizona State University and the University of Arizona over the weekend. It's WSU's first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1994-95. The freshman guard scored 20 points, grabbed eight boards and recorded seven steals in the 54-43 victory over Arizona State Friday before posting 21 points and seven steals in the 60-50 win at Arizona, Sunday. Galdeira scored 12 points in the second half against the Wildcats, including six straight that sparked a deciding 19-4 run to give WSU its first win in Tucson since 2009. It is the third weekly accolade for Galdeira this season after earning Freshman of the Week honors on consecutive weeks in December. Galdeira's three weekly honors matches the most in a single season by a Cougar since Jenni Ruff did so during the 1995-96 season.
PRESLEY OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Tia Presley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in the final minutes of the Jan. 25 loss to the University of Oregon. The sophomore guard was second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg and in steals with 41 and owned a team-high 52 assists. During Pac-12 play, Presley was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent through seven games. Presley scored in double-figures 12 times this season including 20+ performances against Monmouth (21), at UC Riverside (22), Arizona State (27) and at USC (25). The Spokane, Wash. native did a little bit of everything in the win over Ohio State, recording eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. 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.
NOYES SETS BLOCKS RECORD, CLIMBING GAMES PLAYED LIST: Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110 and is closing in on Jazmine Perkins' record for career games played of 122. Noyes enters Sunday tied with Appleton with 110 career starts, 116 games played and second among the Pac-12's active leaders in career blocks.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters Sunday tied for fifth in the conference in three-point defense, holding opponents to 28.7 percent. This season, the Cougars have made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers 10 times, allowed less than 60 points seven times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, at Arizona State, at Arizona, USC) and held 13 teams under 36.0 percent shooting (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington, Oregon, at Arizona State, at Arizona, USC).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington State owns six freshmen on its roster and has received more and more from its first-year players during Pac-12 play. Guard Lia Galdeira paces the team in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and steals (64) and has scored in double figures 20 times including three 20-point efforts in her last three games. In conference games, forward Mariah Cooks and guard Taylor Edmondson have produced while coming off the bench with Cooks averaging 5.9 ppg and Edmondson adding 6.1 ppg. Dawnyelle Awa started at point guard in place of Presley the last four games and delivered seven points, four assists, six steals and zero turnovers in the win over Oregon State, six points and four assists at Arizona State, six more assists in the win at Arizona and 11 points and five assists in the win over USC.
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.
GALDEIRA EARNED TWO STRAIGHT PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADES: Lia Galdeira tallied consecutive Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors in December. Galdeira earned her first award after scoring a game-high 15 points in the win over No. 20 Ohio State. The Kamuela, Hawaii native also grabbed six rebounds and finished 6-for-6 at free throw line including four that came in the final 20 seconds. She picked up her second career honor after leading the Cougars in scoring in road contests against No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. The guard 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 a player receive multiple weekly accolades in a season since Jenni Ruff earned three weekly honors during the 1995-96 season.
GALDEIRA OPENS CAREER WITH BIG NUMBERS: 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 rivalry game against Washington, she posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
FIVE CONFERENCE GAMES TELEVISED: Five of WSU's Pac-12 Conference games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The 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. Every WSU home game will be webstreamed on Pac-12.com during the 2012-13 conference season.
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.