Washington State PG Lia Galdeira gained a bit of experience this summer. She was invited to USA Basketball’s training camp for its FIBA U19 World Championship team. Galdeira didn’t make the cut like Washington in-coming freshman PG Kelsey Plum. But the training against the high-caliber players coupled with her Cougs’ recent winning swing through Europe should benefit her sophomore campaign at WSU.
Galdeira was one of the freshman highlights in the Pac-12 last season. She averaged a team-leading 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds as her team finished 11-20 overall. WSU lost 79-60 in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in March.
WSU coach June Daugherty recently released her nonconference schedule. The Cougs will play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in November in Galdeira’s native Hawaii. Overall, WSU will face six NCAA and three Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) teams from the 2012-13 season. The Pac-12 regular-season schedule won’t be released until September.
Here are more details about the European trip from the desk of WSU:
PRAGUE – The Washington State University women’s basketball team defeated Slavia Praha, 80-68, at Hala Telocvicny in Prague, Thursday. The game was WSU’s final of a four-game tour through Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.
“The last 10 days have been a great cultural education for us with all the wonderful countries we visited, the sights we’ve seen, as well as basketball we’ve played,” said head coach June Daugherty. “It’s good to see us go 4-0 against great competition over here. I’m really excited about our season ahead, and we hope to use these four victories to springboard into a great season at WSU.”
The Cougars took an early three-point lead over Slavia Praha and extended the lead to seven to finish the half leading, 39-32. Coming back from the break, WSU extended its lead to 66-48 by the end of the third quarter. Slavia Praha pulled back late in the fourth quarter, bringing the game within nine, but the Cougs maintained their lead and won, 80-68.
WSU completed the trip 4-0 against European opponents and will return to Pullman, Aug. 16.