Dec. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON STATE vs. SYRACUSE
4 p.m. (PT), Friday, Dec. 21
Carrier Dome (34,616)
COUGARS WRAP UP ROAD TRIP FRIDAY AGAINST SYRACUSE: Washington State University caps its eastern road swing with a stop in New York for a matchup against Syracuse University Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT) in the Carrier Dome.
NEXT UP: WSU will have the Christmas holiday off before closing out nonconference play at Gonzaga University Dec. 29. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and will be televised by SWX.
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. Webtreaming will be available at suathletics.syr.edu.
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.
GALDEIRA NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Washington State's Lia Galdeira was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Galdeira scored a game-high 15 points in WSU's 62-55 win over No. 20 Ohio State Saturday. 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 that sealed up the Cougars first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 22 Arizona 93-86 in Pullman, Feb. 20, 2001. Galdeira has led the Cougars in scoring four times this season highlighted a by a WSU freshman-record 33-point performance in the season opener at Minnesota. The 5-10 guard paces the club in scoring at 14.8 ppg and is second in the Pac-12 with 30 steals.
ABOUT SYRACUSE: Syracuse enters Friday's game with a 10-1 overall record and receiving votes in both major polls. This will be the inaugural meeting between the programs. Center Kayla Alexander paces the Orange with 20.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 44 blocks. Head coach Quentin Hillsman is in his seventh season at Syracuse.
COUGARS KNOCK OFF No. 20/19 OHIO STATE: Washington State's 62-55 victory over Ohio State last Saturday 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.
NOYES CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOKS: Senior center Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Friday's game with 97 career starts, 103 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 137. The Moses Lake, Wash. native is 11 rebounds away from reaching the 400-rebound milestone.
PRESLEY PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore point guard Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in the four of the last seven 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 Friday's game second on the team at 11.1 ppg and leads the team with 32 assists and 22 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.
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 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. She later posted 15 points and six steals against Wisconsin. Galdeira enters Friday's game with team-highs in scoring (14.8 ppg), good for No. 11 in the Pac-12, and 30 steals, second-most in the Pac-12.
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.
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.