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Cougar Notes: Women's Basketball to Face Montana in WNIT

Tia Presley and the rest of the WSU women's basketball team will face Montana in the 1st round of the WNIT. Tia Presley and the rest of the WSU women's basketball team will face Montana in the 1st round of the WNIT.

by WSU Athletics

COUGARS FACE MONTANA THURSDAY IN WNIT OPENING ROUND: Washington State University hits the road to face the University of Montana in Missoula Wednesday at 6 p.m. (PT) in the opening round of the WNIT.

ON DECK: The winner will face the winner of Thursday’s matchup between Cal Poly/San Diego.

LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Spokane’s KXLY 920 AM, Pullman’s KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen online to Steve Grubbs call 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 conference tournament game will be webstreamed at Pac-12.org.

FOLLOW THE COUGS ON TWITTER: Follow Washington State women’s basketball on twitter @WSUWomensHoops and head coach June Daugherty @CoachJuneD.

COUGARS SELECTED TO WNIT: The Cougars earn the program’s first trip the WNIT and are selected to a postseason tournament for the first time since 1991. Head coach June Daugherty has now taken three schools to the postseason after leading Boise State to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and Washington to the NCAA tournament six times along with two strips to the WNIT (1999, 2004).

WASHINGTON STATE TEAM GUIDE ONLINE: Washington State’s 2013-14 Team Guide is available online at http://www.wsucougars.com/pdf9/2560638.pdf?SPSID=749799&SPID=126829&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=30400

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars enter the week with a 17-16 record after posting a 9-9 mark in Pac-12 play and reaching Pac-12 Conference Tournament semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. The 17 overall wins and nine Pac-12 wins are the most under June Daugherty and the most since the 1995-96 team won 17 games and the 1994-95 team posted nine wins during Pac-10 play. The last time WSU won 18 games was the 1990-91 Cougar team that went to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars own four wins over ranked teams this season and entered the week having faced the nation’s 16th-toughest schedule. Junior guard Tia Presley leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 19.3 ppg while sophomore guard Lia Galdeira is seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.5 ppg. In Pac-12 play, junior center Shalie Dheensaw averaged 8.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and shot over 48 percent from the field. She posted all five career double-doubles this season against Pac-12 opponents.

GALDEIRA, PRESLEY EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS: Guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley were both named to the All-Pac-12 Team as voted on by the Pac-12 coaches. Galdeira and Presley are the first Cougar teammates to earn All-Conference honors in the same season in program history and it is Washington State’s first All-Conference selection since Tricia Lamb in 1998-99. Galdeira also received All-Defensive Team honorable mention for the second consecutive year. Galdeira picks up her fourth and fifth career all-conference accolades after also receiving All-Pac-12 honorable mention and a spot on the All-Freshmen team last season. Presley earns her second career all-conference honor after receiving All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season. The Spokane, Wash. native had her first two years cut short with season-ending injuries but bounced back with one of the best offensive seasons in program history, tallying 636 points, the second-highest total in WSU single-season history.

COUGAR NOTES

• Tia Presley has scored 20+ points in seven of the last 12 games, including four 30-point games

• Shalie Dheensaw’s first two career double-doubles came in the two wins over Washington, her third career double-double came in the win over USC, fourth came at No. 18/18 Cal, fifth in win over Oregon

• Sage Romberg received an invitation to the WNBA combine, held at the NCAA Final Four in Nashville

• Presley and Lia Galdeira have combined for 1,225 points, the highest-scoring tandem in WSU history

• Dawnyelle Awa’s 113 assists are the most by a Cougar since Katie Nyseth’s 147 in 2000-01

• WSU is 4-1 when Galdeira and Presley both score 20 points

TEAM NOTES

• WSU started Pac-12 play 5-0 for the first time since starting NWBL play 5-0 in 1977-78

• WSU has won four straight against Arizona State and six straight against the Arizona schools

• WSU swept Washington in the regular season for the first time since 1974-75

• WSU snapped a 36-game losing streak to Washington, winning for the first time since 1995

• WSU recorded its first win over Washington in Seattle since 1993, snapping a 20-game skid

• WSU’s nine conference wins were the most since the 1994-95 team won nine Pac-10 games

• WSU’s 17 overall wins are the most since the 1995-96 team also won 17 games

• As of Monday, WSU was 56th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings

• WSU enters thew week leading the Pac-12 conference in turnover margin at +3.2

• During Pac-12 play, WSU was third in the conference in scoring at 72.7 ppg

• WSU is shooting 40.0 percent, the highest team shooting percentage since 2000-01 (40.4)

• WSU owns a 33.2 three-point shooting percentage, the best mark since 1999-2000 (35.1)

• WSU is averaging 74.2 ppg this season, the highest since 1994-95 (74.9 ppg)

SCHEDULE RANKED 16th TOUGHEST IN THE COUNTRY: According to Jeff Sagarin of College Basketball News, the Cougars entered the week having played the 16th-toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars beat No. 10 Nebraska and USC on the road, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 21 Colorado in Pullman, and No. 20 Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament. WSU dropped contests to Syracuse, West Virginia (neutral), Dayton (road), No. 25 Gonzaga, Stanford (twice) and Cal (twice). Dayton (Atlantic-10), Gonzaga (West Coast) and Stanford (Pac-12) each won regular season championships. Syracuse was in and out of the national rankings all season while West Virginia climbed to No. 7 in the polls and is second in the Big-12. WSU faced 12 opponents who earned spots in the NCAA Tournament and four opponents who were selected to the WNIT.

COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State went 4-5 against ranked opponents this season, posting a 76-72 road win at No. 10 Nebraska, a 85-78 victory over No. 24 Arizona State, a 70-60 win over No. 21 Colorado and a 91-83 victory over No. 20 California a the Pac-12 Tournament. The Cougars dropped a pair of eight-point contests to No. 25 Gonzaga and No. 3 Stanford, a 87-70 decision to No. 23 Cal, a 75-68 contest in overtime at No. 18 Cal and a road game at No. 5 Stanford. For the first time in school history, WSU owns four wins over ranked teams in the same season.

WSU-MONTANA SERIES: Montana leads the all-time series with Washington State 21-17, having won eight straight meetings with the last coming in 2007, a 74-54 win in Missoula. Washington State’s last win in the series came in 1988, a 62060 win in Pullman. WSU has gone 8-9 in Missoula, last winning in 1979, 57-35 as part of the Northwest Women’s Basketball League. WSU head coach June Daugherty is very familiar with Montana, having faced the Grizzlies many times during her seven seasons at Boise State, then a member of the Big Sky Conference.

ABOUT MONTANA: Montana enters the postseason with a 22-10 overall record after going 14-6 in the Big Sky and reaching the Big Sky Conference tournament championship game.

PRESLEY PRODUCES BIG NUMBERS: Tia Presley enters the week leading the team with 13 20-point games this season including five 30-point efforts. Presley has scored 636 points this season, second-most in WSU single-season history behind Jenni Ruff’s record setting 685 in 1995-96. Presley has gone 160-for-225 at the free throw line, the second-most attempts and third-most makes in the Pac-12 this season. The Spokane native leads the team in shooting pct. (44.6), is second in steals (55) and is four points from joining Lia Galdeira and Sage Romberg in the 1,000 career point club. She averaged a team-best 17.9 ppg during conference play, eighth-best in the league.

PRESLEY’S 20-POINT GAMES: Tia Presley has scored 20+ points 13 times this season, the third-most by a Cougar in a single season. Jenni Ruff holds the record with 19 in 1995-96. Presley opened the season with 20 points Syracuse, later went for 29 in the win over Ole Miss in Hawaii, scored a career-high 37 in the win over Fresno State, went for 21 while beating Cal State Northridge, scored 24 in the victory over UC Riverside in Kennewick, Wash., 29 in the win at Washington, 21 in the win at USC, 20 against No. 3 Stanford, 20 in the loss to No. 23 California, 32 in the wins at Utah, at Colorado, at home against Oregon and 31 in the win over Oregon Thursday. Her 37 points against Fresno State were the second-most in WSU single-game history, four away from the Jenni Ruff’s school record of 41 set in 1996.

PRESLEY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FEB. 17: Tia Presley was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Feb. 17. Presley earned her first career weekly honor after averaging 32.0 ppg, shooting .500 percent from the field and .821 percent at the free throw line while leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins over Utah (Feb. 14) and Colorado (Feb. 16). Against Utah, the Spokane native scored a game-high 32 points, 22 in the second half, and went 16-of-21 at the free throw line, tying a WSU single-game record for free throws made and setting a single-game record for free throw attempts. Against Colorado, Presley again led all scorers with 32 points, scoring 22 in the first half, while hitting three 3-pointers and going 7-for-7 at the free throw line.

GALDEIRA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE: Lia Galdeira averages 18.4 ppg and is second in the Pac-12 in steals with 80, three behind Cal’s Brittany Boyd. Galdeira’s 11 20-point performances this season are second-most on the team and her 61 made 3-pointers are tied for third-most in WSU single-season history. Twice she reached the 29-point mark, the first coming in her return to her home state 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, 27 in the win over No. 24 Arizona State, 28 in the home victory over Washington, 21 at Oregon State, 21 against No. 3 Stanford, 27 in the home win over Oregon, a season-high 31 in Thursday’s win over the Ducks and 28 in the win over No. 20 Cal. She has scored 573 points this season, fourth-most in WSU single-season history. She became the 15th member of WSU’s 1,000-point club in the win over Oregon at the Pac-12 Tournament, doing so in 61 games, second-fastest by a Cougar, Jeanne Eggart 57 games.

ROMBERG CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Sage Romberg leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage at 40.2 percent and has hit a three in 15 of the last 19 games including four at home against No. 3 Stanford, matching her career high and three in the win over No. 20 Cal. She posted her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win at Colorado and is second on the team in blocks with 33. The McKinleyville, Calif. native enters the week as WSU’s all-time leader in games played with 128, fourth in WSU history with 139 made threes, fifth with 92 career blocks and sixth with 100 career starts. Romberg’s season-high 16 points in the win over No. 20 Cal pushed her over the 1,000-career point milestone, the 16th Cougar to do so.

DHEENSAW STEPS UP: Shalie Dheensaw increased her production during Pac-12 play, averaging 8.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and shooting over 48 percent from the field while posting four double-doubles. The junior center broke out in the two wins over Washington, recording the first two double-doubles of her career with 11 points and 14 rebounds in Pullman before pouring in a career high 20 points along with 13 rebounds in Seattle. She picked up her third double-double of the season, with 11 points and 11 rebounds at USC and posted her fourth with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at No. 18 Cal. Her fifth double-double came in the opening round win over Oregon with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Vancouver, B.C. native enters the week leading team lead in blocks with 37 and averaging 7.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg overall. She has scored in double figures eight times and posted six double-digit rebound performances in her first season as the starter after sitting behind Carly Noyes the past two seasons who graduated as WSU’s career leader in games played and blocks.

WSU POSTED 70-60 VICTORY OVER NO. 21 COLORADO: WSU knocked off its third-ranked opponent of the season with a 70-60 victory over No. 21/20 Colorado in Pullman. Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each tallied 17 points for the Cougars. WSU received eight points apiece from Shalie Dheensaw, Dawnyelle Awa and Taylor Edmondson. Dheensaw also grabbed a team-high seven boards and blocked two shots while Awa added five assists and Edmondson knocked down two clutch threes for the Cougars. Washington State shot 41 percent from the floor and held Colorado to 32 percent shooting in the second half and 3-for-18 from behind the arc in the game. The Cougars outrebounded the Buffs 42-36 who entered the night leading the Pac-12 in rebounding margin.

COUGARS BEATS NO. 24/25 ARIZONA STATE IN PAC-12 OPENER: WSU opened Pac-12 Conference play by knocking off No. 24/25 Arizona State 85-78 in Beasley Coliseum Jan. 3. 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 after sweeping all three meetings last season. 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.

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. 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. Nebraska went on to win the Big Ten Tournament.

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.

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