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Women’s basketball: Presley, Cougars handle Matadors

Gonzaga Prep alum Tia Presley poured in a game-high 21 points and Sage Romberg added 12 points and eight rebounds to power the Washington State Cougars (5-4) to a 68-59 nonconference victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-6) on Wednesday in Pullman.

The Cougars, who had a 49-38 advantage rebounding, outscored the Matadors 44-29 in the second half.

Mariah Cooks grabbed a season-high nine rebounds for WSU. Lia Galdeira chipped in with nine points, while Dawnyelle Awa totaled eight points and a career-high seven assists.

Awa scored five points as the Cougars opened the second half with a 13-0 run.

Washington 66, Houston 55: Talia Walton finished with a double-double – 16 points, 11 rebounds – and Kelsey Plum scored 19 to power the Huskies (2-2) to a nonconference win over the Cougars (3-5) in Houston.

The Huskies upped their all-time record against Houston to 5-0.

Washington stays in Texas to take on No. 23 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Jazmine Davis added 14 points for the Huskies, who were playing their first game in 15 days.