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Cougars Fall To Hawaii In The Aloha State

WSU fell to Hawaii on Friday night, but can redeem itself verse West Virginia tonight. WSU fell to Hawaii on Friday night, but can redeem itself verse West Virginia tonight.

by Washington State Athletics

Sophomore Lia Galdeira scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Washington State University women's basketball team fell to Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (2-1), 66-77, at Stan Sheriff Center in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic Friday.

Galdeira’s 29 points led all scorers and marked her first 20-point performance of the season. Junior Tia Presley added 14 points and sophomore Mariah Cooks notched 11 points for the Cougars (1-2).

Hawaii led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but the Cougars finished the half on a 14-5 run to close the period down by six points at 26-32. The run continued when the Cougars returned from the locker room, as Galdeira and Presley combined for 11-straight points to give WSU a 36-34 lead.

Rainbow Wahine responded with a run of their own, scoring 12 unanswered points to take a 56-46 lead. The Cougars fought back, cutting Hawaii’s lead to four on two separate occasions, but Rainbow Wahine maintained the lead and closed the game with six-straight free throws.

Washington State finished the game shooting .359 (23-64) from the floor, with 28 points in the paint and seven steals.

The Cougars return to action Saturday as they face West Virginia at 2 p.m. PT.

Follow along on the Cougars trip to Hawaii on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and wsucougars.com.

Photos from the trip can be found on Facebook.

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