Cougars Host Oregon State Sunday
Jan. 26, 2013
COUGARS HOST OREGON STATE SUNDAY: Washington State will wrap up its three-game homestand Sunday against Oregon State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
NEXT UP: The Cougars begin the second half of Pac-12 Conference play next weekend with a trip to Arizona to face Arizona State University, Friday and the University of Arizona, next Sunday.
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. Every WSU home game will be webstreamed on Pac-12.com during the 2012-13 conference season.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: Oregon State enters Sunday with a 9-10 overall record and 3-4 in Pac-12 play after dropping an 81-77 overtime contest at Washington Friday. WSU took two of the three meetings with the Beavers last season, winning in double overtime at Corvallis before claiming a 65-56 victory in the opening round of the conference tournament in Los Angeles. Jamie Weisner paces OSU at 12.3 ppg while Patricia Bright is coming off a 21-point 10-rebound performance at Washington. The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in blocks and own the conference’s top mark in terms of field goal percentage defense during Pac-12 play. Head coach Scott Rueck is in his third season at Oregon State.
LAST SEASON’S WSU-OSU MEETING IN CORVALLIS: Jazmine Perkins notched a double-double to help Washington State beat Oregon State 61-54 in double overtime last New Year’s Eve. Perkins recorded 11 points and 15 rebounds as four other players finished with at least eight points with April Cook scoring six points in the two overtime periods. The WSU bench outscored Oregon State 23-7 as the Cougs forced 17 turnovers and connected on all 11 of their free throw attempts, including all eight trips in both overtime periods while OSU made just 14 of its 24 trips to the line. Washington State withstood the early hot shooting by OSU in the first half and held the Beavers to 1-for-9 shooting in the final two periods.
LAST SEASON’S OSU-WSU MEETING IN PULLMAN: Washington State’s second-half offensive struggles allowed Oregon State to overcome a four-point halftime deficit and hand the Cougars a 51-39 defeat in Pullman last season. Sage Romberg led the Cougs with her first career double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while April Cook and Rosie Tarnowski each added six points. WSU held the Beavers to 32.1 percent shooting while forcing 17 turnovers but struggled shooting in the second half, being held to 12.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
LAST SEASON’S WSU-OSU MEETING IN LOS ANGELES: Brandi Thomas scored 17 points as No. 11 seed Washington State upset No. 6 seed Oregon State 65-56 in the opening round of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles last season. The Cougars notched their first win at the conference tournament in program history after holding Oregon State to 38.3 percent shooting and scoring 20 points off of 16 OSU turnovers. Carly Noyes added 10 points, Rosetta Adzasu and April Cook each added nine points while Jazmine Perkins notched six points and 10 boards.
SCHEDULE RANKED NINTH TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State entered 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 has posted home wins over nationally ranked Ohio State and defending WCC Tournament champion BYU.
COUGARS TAKE DOWN GONZAGA ON THE ROAD: Tia Presley scored a game-high 15 points and 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. 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.
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.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters Sunday third in the conference in three-point defense, holding opponents to 27.6 percent from behind the arc. This season, the Cougars have forced 20+ turnovers seven times, allowed less than 60 points four times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga) and held 10 teams under 36.0 percent shooting (vs. South Dakota State, Monmouth, Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, at Gonzaga, Arizona State, at USC, at Washington, Oregon).
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 one against Oregon and now owns 151 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 and enters Sunday having blocked a shot in seven straight contests. 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 Sunday’s game with 106 career starts, 112 games played and as the Pac-12’s active leader in career blocks with 151.
PRESLEY PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Tia Presley has scored in double-figures in seven of the last nine games and 11 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 is second on the team at 13.3 ppg and 41 steals but does lead the team with 52 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, setting a WSU freshman record for points in a game in addition to her 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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