Cougars Open Pac-12 Tournament Thursday Against Arizona State
March 5, 2013
PAC-12 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT OPENING ROUND
COUGARS OPEN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT THURSDAY AGAINST ARIZONA STATE: No. 8 seed Washington State University faces No. 9 seed Arizona State University in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament, Thursday at KeyArena in Seattle. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
COMING UP: The winner of the Arizona State-Washington State contest will face top-seeded Stanford University at 6 p.m., Friday.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow the Cougars 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. Every conference tournament game will be webstreamed at Pac-12.org.
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 ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State enters the conference tournament as the No. 9 seed after posting an overall mark of 13-17 and 5-13 in Pac-12 play. Washington State swept the season series with the Sun Devils, winning 77-65 in Pullman Jan. 6 and 54-43 in Tempe, Feb. 1. Forward Janae Fulcher paces ASU in scoring at 11.2 ppg and shoots at a 51.2 percent clip. Head coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her 16th season at Arizona State.
RECAP-THIS SEASON IN PULLMAN: Tia Presley scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington State past visiting Arizona State, 77-65 Jan. 6. The Cougars received a season-high 17 points from Sage Romberg and a career-high 17 from Taylor Edmondson. Presley and Romberg each knocked down a pair of threes while Edmondson hit all three of her attempts from behind the arc. WSU held the Sun Devils to 33.8 percent shooting including 29.5 percent in the second half and 1-of-12 from behind the arc for the game. The Cougars also scored 14 points off of 19 ASU turnovers.
RECAP-THIS SEASON IN TEMPE: Lia Galdeira scored a game-high 20 points and Washington State turned in a dominating defensive performance to post a 54-43 victory over Arizona State in Tempe Feb. 2. The Cougars held Arizona State to its lowest point total in series history and posted its first season sweep of the Sun Devils since the 1996-97 season. Washington State held ASU to 18.8 percent shooting in the second half and 25.9 percent for the game. WSU made a season-high 16 steals and scored 21 points off of 22 ASU turnovers. Galdeira added a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high seven steals.
GALDEIRA IS TOP SCORING FRESHMAN IN THE COUNTRY: Freshman guard Lia Galdeira enters the week tied with UCF's Briahanna Jackson as the country's top-scoring freshman at 14.7 ppg with Galdeira owning the most total points, 426-425. Galdeira also enters the Pac-12 Conference Tournament leading the Pac-12 in steals with 81 (2.8 spg). The Kamuela, Hawaii native broke WSU's single-season freshman scoring record during her 18-point performance against No. 6 California last Thursday, surpassing Jazmine Perkins' previous record of 413 in 2008-09. Galdeira owns 426 points this season and needs 23 points to move into WSU's top-10 for single-season scoring. She also owns WSU's freshman records for games scored in double figures (26) and consecutive games scoring in double-figures (15).
GALDEIRA, PRESLEY EARN ALL-PAC-12 ACCOLADES: Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each received All-Pac-12 honors, as voted on by the Pac-12 coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday. Galdeira and Presley were both named All-Pac-12 honorable mention while Galdeira was also voted All-Defensive Team honorable mention and to the All-Freshman team. During conference play, Galdeira led all freshmen in scoring at 14.8 ppg and led all players with 49 steals. Galdeira led WSU in scoring in 15 of the 18 conference games including three straight 20-point performances during a four-game winning streak. Galdeira, a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection, was one of two freshmen to receive All-Defensive Team honorable mention. Presley picks up her first career all-conference accolade despite being limited to seven conference games after suffering a season-ending knee injury Jan. 25. Prior to the knee injury, the Spokane, Wash. native was eighth in the conference with a team-best 15.7 ppg and was shooting 47.7 percent in Pac-12 play. 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).
GALDEIRA GARNERS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS FROM PAC-12 MEDIA: Lia Galdeira earned three All-Pac-12 Conference accolades from Pac-12 media members, the conference office announced Monday. As voted on by the Pac-12 media, Galdeira was selected to the All-Pac-12 team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team after leading all freshmen in scoring during conference play at 14.8 ppg and leading all players with 49 steals. Galdeira, a unanimous All-Freshman team selection, was the only freshman voted on to the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Washington State owns six freshmen on its roster and has received more and more from its first-year players as the year as gone on. Guard Lia Galdeira paces the team in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg), steals (81) and has scored in double figures 26 times including four 20-point efforts. In conference games, forward Mariah Cooks and guard Taylor Edmondson have produced while coming off the bench, averaging 6.2 ppg and 5.2 ppg, respectively. In the 11 games since taking over at point guard for the injured Tia Presley, Dawnyelle Awa has averaged 3.0 apg. In her first career start, Awa delivered seven points, four assists, six steals and zero turnovers in the overtime win over Oregon State. She later tallied 11 points after hitting three 3-pointers in the win over USC.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Washington State owns a 1-6 mark against ranked teams this season, having beaten No. 20 Ohio State 62-55, Dec. 15 in Pullman. The Cougars only win over a top-10 team was a 64-61 victory against No. 10 Arizona Jan. 8, 1998 in Tucson.
NOYES SETS SCHOOL RECORDS: 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 and now owns 158 career blocks. The Moses Lake, Wash. native also became the program's all-time leader in career starts and games played this season. She made career start No. 111 against UCLA Jan. 10 to become WSU's all-time leader in career starts, breaking Katie Appleton's previous mark of 110. Last Saturday, Noyes broke Jazmine Perkins' school record for games played and Noyes enters the week with 123 career games played, 117 career starts and tied for the most career blocks among the Pac-12's active players.
COUGAR DEFENSE MAKING ITS MARK: The WSU defense has turned some impressive performances this season and enters the Pac-12 Tournament third in the conference in steals (279, 9.6 spg). This season, the Cougars have made 15+ steals in a game three times, forced 20+ turnovers 11 times, allowed less than 60 points 10 times (Wisconsin, BYU, Ohio State, Gonzaga, at Arizona State, at Arizona, USC, at Oregon State, at Colorado, at Utah) and held 16 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, at Oregon State, at Oregon, at Colorado). The Cougars also enters the tournament second in the Pac-12 in steals during conference play at 173, 9.6 spg.
GALDEIRA NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK THREE TIMES: Following another impressive weekend, Lia Galdeira picked up her third Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season, Feb. 4. 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.
SCHEDULE RANKED AMONG TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: Washington State enters the week having played the No. 34 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.
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 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.
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, Jan. 20, 2001.
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.
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: 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 against 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 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.
WSU NOTCHED MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished 2011-12 with 13 wins, the most by a Cougar team since the 1995-96 team recorded 17 victories. The Cougars also posted their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 with both double-digit win campaigns coming under head coach June Daugherty, notching 13 victories this season and 11 in 2008-09.
COUGARS CLOSED 2011-12 SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State closed out its 2011-12 season with a couple wins at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Cougars beat No. 6 Oregon State in the opening round, knocked off No. 3 seed USC on its home floor to advance to the semifinals held in the Staples Center. WSU then matched No. 2 seed California for 30 minutes before falling in the semifinal matchup.
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