Cougars Face Tough Road Test at No. 14 Louisville
Dec. 17, 2012
COUGARS ON THE ROAD TO FACE NO. 14 LOUISVILLE TUESDAY: Washington State University continues its challenging nonconference schedule with a road contest against No. 14 University of Louisville Tuesday at 4 p.m. (PT).
NEXT UP: The Cougars continue its eastern road swing with a trip to New York for a matchup at Syracuse University Friday. Syracuse owns a 10-1 record and is receiving votes in both national polls.
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. Louisville will webstream the game at www.gocards.com.
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 by a WSU freshman-record 33-point performance in the season opener at Minnesota. The 5-10 guard paces the club in scoring at 15.0 ppg and is second in the Pac-12 with 27 steals.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE: Louisville enters Tuesday's game with a 9-2 record and ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll. The Cardinals dropped a 70-66 decision on the road to Colorado last Friday. Tuesday's matchup will be the second meeting between WSU and Louisville after the Cardinals held off the Cougars 75-71 in Pullman last season. Shoni Schimmel leads the team at 11.4 ppg whiles Sara Hammond adds 11.2 ppg and a team-high 7.8 rpg. Head coach Jeff Walz is in his sixth season with the Cardinals and owns a 128-58 career record and made trips to the NCAA Tournament each season.
LAST YEAR'S LOUISVILLE-WSU MEETING: Ireti Amojo had 22 points to lead Washington State in 75-71 loss to No. 14 Louisville in Pullman last season. Shawnta' Dyer scored 16 points and Shoni Schimmel for Louisville. Schimmel had eight of her points in the last two minutes to help the Cardinals secure the victory. Becky Burke also had 14 points for Louisville. After being down by nine points in the second half, Louisville came back to tie the game at 57 on Cierra Warren's lay-up with 6:16 left. That began a 10-0 run that put the Cardinal up 65-57. Washington State's Sage Romberg hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to cut the lead to two, but a technical foul called on WSU for excessive timeouts sealed the win for Louisville.
COUGARS KNOCK OFF No. 20/19 OHIO STATE: Washington State's 62-55 victory over Ohio State 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 Carly Noyes continues to close in on WSU's career block record after blocking two shots in the win over Ohio State Saturday. Noyes is 11 blocks away from breaking Holly Zapel's top mark of 147 and is on pace to break Katie Appleton's record for career starts of 110. Noyes enters Tuesday's game with 96 career starts, 102 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 Tuesday's game second on the team at 11.9 ppg and leads the team with 31 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: 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 Tuesday's game with team-highs in scoring (15.0 ppg), good for No. 11 in the Pac-12, and 27 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 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.
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