WSU Hosts Washington Tuesday for Cougars Have Heart
WASHINGTON (8-5, 1-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (8-6, 2-0)7 p.m. • Tuesday • Jan. 7Beasley Coliseum (11,671)Pullman, Wash.
WSU HOSTS WASHINGTON TUESDAY FOR COUGS HAVE HEART: Washington State University hosts the University of Washington Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum on the Pac-12 Networks.ON DECK: The Cougars will face the Huskies again this Saturday in Seattle at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.COUGS HAVE HEART: WSU will be hosting its annual Cougs Have Heart game Tuesday against the Huskies in support of sudden cardiac arrest awareness. The first 200 fans will receive Cougs Have Heart tee shirts.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 online. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs.COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics. Every home game will be webstreamed through the Pac-12 Networks at http://pac-12.com/videos/washington-state-university.FOLLOW THE COUGS ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women’s basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars own a 8-6 record and have won three of their last four contests after sweeping the Arizona schools this past opening weekend of Pac-12 play. The Cougars are looking to start 3-0 in conference play for the second time in the last three seasons, starting 3-0 in 2011-12. The Cougars own two of the top scorers in the Pac-12 as Tia Presley paces WSU and is fourth in the conference at 19.7 ppg and Lia Galdeira enters Tuesday tied for sixth at 18.4 ppg.
COUGAR NOTES: • Lia Galdeira had made 28 3-pointers, tied for seventh most in the Pac-12• Tia Presley is tied for the most free throw attempts (94) in the Pac-12 (Jillian Alleyne -Oregon)• WSU has won four straight against Arizona State and six straight against the Arizona schoolsABOUT WASHINGTON: Washington enters Tuesday with an 8-5 overall record and 1-1 in Pac-12 play after beating Arizona last Friday and falling to Arizona State Sunday. Freshman guard Kelsey Plum leads the Huskies at 18.5 ppg and junior guard Jazmine Davis follows with 18.4 ppg. Mike Neighbors is in his first season as head coach at Washington.UW-WSU SERIES: Washington leads the all time series 67-17 and have won 36 straight against the Cougars including the last 18 meetings in Pullman. WSU’s last win came in 1995, a 72-67 decision in Pullman.LAST YEAR AGAINST WASHINGTON IN PULLMAN: Four players scored in double figures for WSU who dropped a 79-72 contest to Washington in Beasley Coliseum last season. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 15 points and four steals while WSU finished the game shooting 42.4 percent after hitting 48 percent of its shots in the first half. Sage Romberg and Lia Galdeira each added 13 points while Mariah Cooks posted 13 points and six rebounds. Washington hit 50 percent of its shots in the second half and finished the game with 12 threes.SCHEDULE RANKED EIGHTH-TOUGHEST: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars have played the eighth-toughest schedule in the country. WSU has faced Syracuse and West Virginia (neutral) who both have received votes all season. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and No. 25 Arizona and dropped contests to Gonzaga and Dayton (road), both currently receiving votes in the latest national poll.COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State has gone 2-1 against ranked opponents this season after posting a 76-72 road win over No. 10 Nebraska and an 85-78 victory over No. 24 Arizona State. No. 25 Gonzaga recorded an eight-point win in Pullman Dec. 21. For the first time since 2001, WSU owns two wins over ranked teams this season. Last season, WSU beat No. 20 Ohio State University 63-55 in Beasley Coliseum.WSU BEAT NO. 24/25 ARIZONA STATE TO OPEN PAC-12 PLAY: WSU opened Pac-12 Conference play by knocking off No. 24/25 Arizona State University 85-78 last Friday. Lia Galdeira led all scorers with 27 points while going 10-of-12 at the free throw line for the Cougars who recorded their fourth straight win over the Sun Devils. Washington State overcame a four-point halftime deficit by shooting over 58 percent in the second half. WSU had four players score in double figures and outscored the Sun Devils 49-30 inside the paint. Tia Presley tallied 17 points while Mariah Cooks registered 11 points and six rebounds. Sage Romberg scored all 10 of her points in the second half and Shalie Dheensaw finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. For the game, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field while ASU was held to 31 percent in the second half and 41 percent for the game.PRESLEY PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters Tuesday fourth in the Pac-12 scoring at 19.7 ppg after posting five 20-point efforts in the first 14 games. The junior guard scored 20 points in the season-opener against Syracuse, 29 in the win over Ole Miss in Hawaii, a career-high 37 in the win over Fresno State, 21 while beating Cal State Northridge and 24 in the victory over UC Riverside in Kennewick, Wash. Her 37 points against Fresno State was the second-most in WSU single-game history and four away from the Jenni Ruff’s school record of 41, set in 1996 against California. Presley finished the game 15-of-24 from the floor including a career high five threes, all five coming in the first half. She also grabbed six boards and made three steals. Her 15 made field goal attempts tie her for the most in WSU single-game history with three other players. GALDEIRA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE: Lia Galdeira has picked up where she left off from last year’s record-setting freshman season. The sophomore guard enters Tuesday tied for sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.4 ppg and tied for fourth in steals with 33. Galdeira’s five 20-point performances this season ties her with Presley for most on the team. Her 26 made 3-pointers are tied for eighth-most in the Pac-12 this season and twice she has reached the 29-point mark, the first coming in her return to her homestate Hawaii against the Warriors and the other coming at Dayton. Galdeira also scored 20 in the win over Fresno State, 26 in a overtime victory against UC Riverside and 27 in the win over No. 24 Arizona State. ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg is making the most of her senior season for the Cougars, producing the fourth-highest 3-point shooting percentage in the Pac-12 at 42.9 percent and sharing the team lead in blocks. The McKinleyville, Calif. native has served a variety of roles for WSU during her four years and the result has been her name climbing in the school’s record book, entering the week seventh in WSU history with 112 made threes and seventh with 72 career blocks.COUGARS KNOCK OFF NO. 10 NEBRASKA IN LINCOLN: Washington State made a season-high 12 threes and held off No. 10 Nebraska twice after building big leads to post a 76-72 upset in Lincoln November 30. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 17 points, seven rebounds, five steals and five assists as four players scored in double figures. It was WSU’s first win over a top-10 ranked team since 1998, beating No. 10 Arizona in Tucson.COUGARS BEAT OLE MISS AT HAWAII TOURNAMENT: Washington State posted a 1-2 record at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, falling to Hawaii (77-66) and West Virginia (88-66) before closing the tournament with an impressive 79-65 victory over Ole Miss Sunday behind Tia Presley’s career high 29-point effort. The win over Ole Miss is WSU’s first win over an SEC opponent since beating Mississippi State 61-59 in Hawaii in 1997.GALDEIRA NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM IN HAWAII: Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira capped her return to the islands by earning a spot on the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team. The Kamuela, Hawaii native averaged 18.3 ppg and a team-best 7.0 rpg while also recording six steals in the three games. Galdeira poured in a game-high 29 points and added nine rebounds against Hawaii, scored 12 points against West Virginia before tallying 14 points, eight boards and five steals in the win over Ole Miss.COUGARS INK FOUR FOR 2014 SIGNING CLASS: Washington State women’s basketball signed four players to attend WSU next fall. Joining the Cougars next season are 6-2 guard Ashley Bolston (Medford, Ore.), 5-9 guard Caila Hailey (Inglewood, Calif.), 6-3 forward Nike McClure (Tenino, Wash.) and 5-8 point guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (Athens, Greece). This year’s class received honorable mention from Blue Star Basketball as one of the top recruiting classes in the country.COUGARS TOOK EUROPEAN TRIP IN AUGUST: WSU took a 10-day foreign trip to Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic this past August. The Cougars departed Pullman Aug. 6, arrived in Vienna Aug. 7 and visited the cities of Vienna (Aug. 7-8), Bratislavia (Aug. 9-11) and Prague (Aug. 12-15). They took in a number of sights including a tour the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schonrunn Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the Bratislava Castle and the Vltava River before returning home Aug. 16. The Cougars played four games and swept all four contests, beating Levice in Bratslava Aug. 11, Hradec Kralove in Prague Aug. 13, Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in Prague Aug. 14 and BLK VSE Praha in Prague Aug. 15. Six WSU Ambassadors joined the team on the trip including WSU First Lady Carmento Floyd.GALDEIRA INVITED TO TEAM USA U19 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS: Guard Lia Galdeira was selected to attend the 2013 National Team Trials and tryout for the FIBA U19 World Championship Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. last May. Galdeira was one of 34 players from throughout the country who received and accepted the invitation. FORMER COUGS SIGN PRO CONTRACTS: Former Cougars Ireti Amojo and Carly Noyes each signed professional contracts to play in Germany this fall. Both Amojo and Noyes inked deals with the Chemitz Chemcats in Ghemnitz, Germany. The Chemcats are one of 12 teams that play in the DBBL, the highest rated league in Germany. It was the second straight year that multiple Cougars have signed professional contracts. Last summer, Rosetta Adzasu signed to play professionally in Finland and Jazmine Perkins signed to play in Sweden.