Cougars Close Out Nonconference Slate Saturday at Gonzaga
Dec. 27, 2012
COUGARS CLOSE OUT NONCONFERENCE SLATE AT GONZAGA SATURDAY: Washington State University will wrap up its nonconference slate Saturday in Spokane against Gonzaga University. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be televised by SWX.
NEXT UP: The Cougars open Pac-12 Conference play hosting the Arizona schools Jan. 4, Jan. 6 in Beasley Coliseum.
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.
GALDEIRA EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADE: For the second consecutive week, Washington State guard Lia Galdeira has been named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Galdeira earns her second career honor after leading the Cougars in scoring in road contests against No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. The Kamuela, Hawaii native 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. Galdeira earned the same honor last week after posting 15 points and six rebounds in the win over No. 20 Ohio State. 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.
ABOUT GONZAGA: Gonzaga enters the week with a 10-3 record after beating the University of Idaho 97-62 Dec. 20 and falling 65-60 to Ohio State Dec. 17. The Bulldogs are receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll. Guard Haiden Palmer paces the Zags in scoring at 12.3 ppg while 6-5 center and Pullman native Shelby Cheslek leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 rpg. Head coach Kelly Graves is in his 13th season at GU and has led the Zags to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Washington State leads the all-time series 17-6 but have dropped four straight in the series including last year’s 71-69 defeat.
LAST SEASON’S GU-WSU MEETING: WSU’s Ireti Amojo hit a game-tying three with 10 seconds remaining but No. 24 ranked Gonzaga University saw guard Taelor Karr race the length of the floor and get her layup to fall with three seconds remaining to hand the Cougs a 71-69 defeat last season. WSU had three players finish in double figures as Tia Presley led the way with a team-high 16 points with Amojo and Carly Noyes each added 12. Sage Romberg added eight points, six rebounds and five steals.
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 Dec. 17. Galdeira scored a game-high 15 points in WSU’s 62-55 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 that sealed up the Cougars first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 22 Arizona 93-86 in Pullman, Feb. 20, 2001.
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.
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. 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 Saturday’s game with 98 career starts, 104 games played and as the Pac-12’s active leader in career blocks with 137. The Moses Lake, Wash. native is eight 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 six of the last nine 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 Saturday’s game second on the team at 11.4 ppg and leads the team with 36 assists and 23 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: 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.
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.
WSU NOTCHES MOST WINS SINCE 1995-96: Washington State finished the year 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 CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH PAC-12 TOURNAMENT RUN: Washington State University 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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