Galdeira’s 28 Paces Cougars in Win at UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Washington State received 28 points from junior guard Lia Galdeira in a 81-55 road victory over UC Santa Barbara at The Thunderdome Thursday.

Senior guard Tia Presley added 17 points for WSU who improved to 6-2 after shooting over 51 percent in the second half and scoring 21 points off of 16 turnovers. UC Santa Barbara (0-7) was held to 40 percent shooting including 1-of-7 from behind the arc. The Cougars outscored the Gauchos 46-27 in the second half and finished with a 45-34 rebounding advantage.

“I am excited about our team, we showed some good leadership to grind out on the road win and not let down after the win over Maryland, head coach June Daugherty stated. “We have to get better each time out and we are starting to understand that and it will help us in the long run.”

Senior center Shalie Dheensaw recorded eight points and eight rebounds while freshman forward Louise Brown grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists. Eight different Cougars scored including freshmen guards Caila Hailey and Pinelopi Pavlopoulou who each notched seven points. Junior point guard dished out four assists and Galdeira added four steals.

“Dawny (Awa) is unsung hero, she makes a lot happen and Shalie had another great night defensively. She covers a lot for us and does a great job of lining everybody up,” Daugherty added. “It was great to see our young players play well. We have some talented young pplayers and our veterans have done a great job of leading them this early in the season.

The Cougars opened the game with six straight points, forcing a UCSB timeout. Minutes later, WSU used a 7-0 streak, highlighted by a three from junior guard Taylor Edmondson, pushing the lead to 15-6 and forcing another Gaucho timeout.

UC Santa Barbara followed with a couple baskets but a three from Presley and jumpers from Dheensaw and Pavlopoulou kept the Cougar lead at nine at the 6:05 mark. Galdeira caught fire, scoring seven straight points capped by a three from the right wing to give WSU a 33-21 advantage.

The Gauchos closed the half with a 6-2 spurt including the final four points to cut the WSU lead to 35-28 at the break.

Galdeira stayed hot in the second half, scoring WSU’s first nine points including her own 7-0 streak to push the lead to 12 after a three. The Cougars later used a 7-0 run to pull away for good as Dheensaw scored after grabbing an offensive rebound, Pavlopoulou drove the lane for a lyin and hit a free throw before Brown capped her night with rebound putback of her own.

Galdeira added two more 3-pointers and Presley capped her night with a three of her own that pushed the lead to 22. Galdeira sits in eighth place on WSU’ career top-10 scoring list with 1,230 points and Presley now sits No. 10 all-time with 1,162 career points.

Clair Watkins led UCSB with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Washington State will wrap up its five-game road stretch Tuesday at Gonzaga University. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on SWX.