Cougars Continue Homestand Friday Hosting Oregon
Jan. 22, 2013
COUGARS CONTINUE HOMESTAND HOSTING OREGON FRIDAY: Washington State continues its three-game homestand hosting the University of Oregon, 7 p.m. Friday at Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: WSU will wrap up its homestand Sunday against Oregon State University. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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 OREGON: Oregon enters the week with a 2-16 overall record and 0-6 in Pac-12 play after dropping both games to Oregon State last week. WSU and the Ducks split last season's series after both teams claimed road wins. Freshman forward Jillian Alleyne paces Oregon with 14.3 ppg and 12.8 rpg. Head coach Paul Westphal is in his fourth season with the Ducks.
LAST SEASON'S OREGON-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: WSU had five players score in double-figures but could not hold off a late comeback by Oregon and dropped a 67-62 matchup last February. The Cougars knocked down nine three-pointers and outrebounded Oregon 49-35 but could not hold off the Ducks who hit 10 three's and shot over 46 percent in the second half. The Ducks made 15 trips to the free throw line while the Cougars were awarded just two. Jazmine Perkins posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while just missing out on a triple-double with a career high eight assists. Carly Noyes led WSU with 12 points and added nine boards while Sage Romberg and Brandi Thomas each chipped in with 10 points. Romberg hit three 3-pointers.
LAST SEASON'S WSU-OREGON MEETING IN EUGENE: Four players scored in double figures and Jazmine Perkins notched a double-double as Washington State University posted a 75-47 victory over Oregon in each team's Pac-12 Conference opener last season in Eugene. The Cougars connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers and notch its largest conference victory since beating the Ducks 102-69 in Eugene Jan. 20, 1991. WSU held Oregon to 25.8 percent shooting and forced the Ducks into 24 turnovers. Perkins notched 15 points and 12 rebounds while Rosetta Adzasu scored a season-high 15 points with Carly Noyes and Sage Romberg each adding 10 points.
SCHEDULE RANKED NINTH TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State enters the week having played the ninth-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.
COUGARS TAKE DOWN GONZAGA ON THE ROAD: Tia Presley scored a game-high 15 points and freshman 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 Dec. 29. 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 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: 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 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 has turned some impressive performances this season and enters the week second in the conference and No. 38 in the NCAA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 26.5 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 (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington).
NOYES SETS BLOCKS RECORD: Carly Noyes capped her climb up WSU's career blocks list after blocking one shot at Washington to break Holly Zapel's career blocks record of 147. Noyes added two more against the Huskies Sunday and owns 150 career blocks. The Moses Lake, Wash. native opened conference play with three blocks against Arizona before matching a career high with five blocks in the win over Arizona State. Noyes is also closing in on Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110 and Jazmine Perkins' record for career games played with 122. Noyes enters Friday's game with 105 career starts, 111 games played and as the Pac-12's active leader in career blocks with 150.
PRESLEY PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games and 10 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 Friday's game second on the team at 13.1 ppg and 39 steals but does lead the team with 51 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.
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