Washington State junior G Tia Presley has been working the phones since she realized she’d actually make it through her first Pac-12 season healthy and able to play in the conference tournament. A Spokane native, her family recently moved back East and hasn’t really seen Presley play college ball because of season-ending injuries her…More
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EDIT: Stanford moved up to No. 3 in the AP rankings released on Monday. An earlier version of this blog post had the Cardinal at its previous No. 4 standing. Stanford narrowly defeated Washington State 77-69 on Friday. The Cougs were only down 74-69 with 33 seconds remaining in the game…More
CORRECTION: Washington State’s game against Cal State Northridge was Wednesday. WSU used seven three-pointers in the second half to post a 68-59 win over CSN at Beasley Coliseum. ——————————– Washington State (4-4) hosts Cal State Northridge (2-5) on Saturday at 7pm (PT) at Beasley Coliseum. Cougs coach June Daugherty will know what type of team she has after the…More
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.
As we saw on Thursday, President Obama has Pac-12 co-champion California, a No. 2 seed, upsetting top-seeded Stanford to advance to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. On the eve of the most exciting tournament in women’s college hoops, I thought I’d share a few more picks since seemingly everyone…More
HUSKIES WIN: Here’s a prediction. By the time Galdeira and Cooks are seniors, WSU will have defeated UW at least once. Sunday wasn’t it, losing 79-72 in a highly entertaining game. Hovering within two buckets of a lead late, Galdeira missed three FTs after being fouled by Corral on a three-pointer. Galdeira also teamed with Presley and Cooks to miss five field goals overall in the final minute to kill any chances of snapping the 36-game losing streak to UW. Kingma saved the win by making five of six FTs late. Davis exited the game with 10:49 remaining and the Huskies down four due to a blow to the head. After the game she said she was fine, but McGuff is going to have her evaluated for a possible concussion. “I’m especially proud of how we battled back, especially after Jaz went down,” said Kingma, who scored 13 of her final with 16 points in the second half. She also had six rebounds and four assists. “And just being low in numbers in general and having people step up who might not have stepped up before,” Kingma continued. “It was huge.” Corral was particularly a game-saver for UW. She played six minutes in the first half, not attempting a shot. Her first in place of Davis was a three-pointer. She finished with nine points, making 3-of-4 three-pointers in a season-high 17 minutes. “Heather is really good, she’s really talented and I’ve almost been waiting for a game like this where she really breaks out,” McGuff said. “As they say, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. I had to keep her out there and I think that was a really good thing for her and for us.” Corral said the extra playing time was good to get adjusted to the college game, but she also had the bandaging from her broken right hand removed, freeing her stroke. “It’s hard when your floor leader is not out there,” Corral said. “But I felt that Kristi and Cedes (Mercedes) and Talia all had great energy and made me feel comfortable even though it was a close game.” Davis led the team with 18 points. Williams perked up her game to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Presley scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. Cooks and Galdeira combined for 26 points and 11 rebounds. UW (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) gets a rest and will host Oregon State (9-9, 3-3) on Friday. WSU (5-12, 1-5) hosts Oregon (2-16, 0-6) next.
BREAK: I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. Time is ticking on UW getting control of this game. The Huskies are down 61-59, letting out-of-state freshmen Cooks (California) and Galdeira (Hawaii) run a muck. Cooks has nine points off the bench. UW is shooting 39 percent in the second half. with 14 assists on 23 field goals overall. Davis is on the bench, not even getting up to join huddles during timeouts. I’ll have more later.
BLOCKED: Noyes nullified a UW steal by freshman G Heather Corral, blocking Kingma’s layin attempt. UW is down 57-53. WSU is still making three-pointers to stay in the game. Bobbles on offense and overplaying help defense has the Huskies in a scramble. Romberg has 13 points for WSU. UW has three players in double digit scoring, led by 18 points from Davis. Daugherty is getting 21 points from the bench in her 12-player rotation. McGuff is sticking to his normal seven-player rotation, Corral only contributing a three-pointer so far.More
HUSKIES WIN: McGuff wanted to highlight the defense in the game. I’m a big fan of defense, but ugly offense does not equate good defense. And Tuesday was more of an ugly offensive game by both teams. UW simply was lucky it could hit free throws, making 20 of 28 overall to preserve a 60-53 win on Tuesday. The Huskies’ win streak against the Cougs extends to 35 games. Otherwise, if Sage Romberg or Edmondson, or Galdeira made their three-point attempts in the final 90 seconds, UW’s streak might have ended in a thud. But FTs saved the Huskies and serve as a lesson to any team on how important the shot is to the game. Davis was 9-of-12 from the line while Kingma was 6-of-8 to lead the team. Kingma made 5 of 6 FTs in nthe final 55 seconds to preserve the win. The redshirt senior had 14 points and eight rebounds in her final home game against the cross-state rival. Davis led the Huskies with 21 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field. Walton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Galdeira led the Cougs with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but was forced into six turnovers that slowed her team’s momentum. UW (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12) and WSU (5-11, 1-4) face each other again on Sunday to complete the series for the season. “It is odd,” McGuff said of the schedule. “For both teams, we’ll probably have a good feel for what we’re trying to do. From a preparation standpoint, there’s not (more) film to watch outside of tonight’s game.”
BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. It’s 47-39 UW with 7:51 remaining in the game. Davis has 18 points for the Huskies and teammate Walton has 15 points with 10 rebounds. Cooks has nine points for WSU while Noyes has seven. Galdeira has 12 rebounds for the Cougars.
MAKE NOYES: Noyes is finding her way around the smaller Walton to help WSU cut the lead to 43-39. Williams responded with a short jumper, but the Cougs are building some momentum.
COMEBACK?: Cooks hit a jumper to cut UW’s lead to single digits at 40-31. Her team is also keeping Washington to one shot attempts on offensive possessions. The WSU bench and solid contingent of fans behind it are starting to get into the game.More