Women’s Basketball Falls to Michigan in San Juan

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The Washington State University women’s basketball suffered just its second loss of the season Friday, falling to the Michigan Wolverines (4-1) in the opening round of the San Juan Shootout, 76-64, at Mario Quijote Morales Coliseum. Junior Lia Galdeira led all scorers with 24 points, while junior Mariah Cooks grabbed nine rebounds for WSU (4-2).

The Wolverines jumped out to a 15-0 lead before WSU was able to notch its first point. Senior Shalie Dheensaw recorded 10 first-half points to lead the Cougars, while grabbing six rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Michigan led 35-16 with 5:39 to play in the first half and later took a 44-28 advantage into the break after shooting .500 (18-of-36) from the field in the half.

Returning from the locker room, the Cougars looked to overcome their first half deficit with aggressive defense. In the early minutes, senior guard Tia Presley’s layup sparked an 8-2 run by the Cougars to pull within 12. However, the Wolverines were able to convert from the free throw line, as the Cougars committed 17 fouls in the second half, leading to 13 points from the charity stripe for Michigan.

With eight minutes remaining, Cooks nailed a long-range jumper in front of the Cougar bench, beginning a 13-4 run that saw the Cougars pull within 10. The Wolverines were able to maintain their double-digit lead and improve to 3-0 in their series against WSU.

With 24 points, Galdeira moved into ninth place on the WSU all-time scoring list (1,169 points), surpassing Cassandra Overby (1,160). The All-Pac-12 honoree from last season is averaging 16.5 points per game, second only to senior Tia Presley at 21.7 points per game.

The Cougars return to action Saturday, facing No. 10/8 Maryland to wrap up the San Juan Shootout. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. Atlantic Time (11:30 a.m. PT).


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