The No. 25 Gonzaga women’s basketball team starts a brutal stretch of road games today with a game at Washington State in which Zags coach Kelly Graves hopes to deliver some payback for a loss last year at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The WSU game starts a stretch in which Gonzaga (9-2) plays four games on the road, two games at home, and another four on the road.
“It’s a big deal if you make it a big deal,” Graves said. “At some point, we will get tired and that’s where our depth will come into play.”
Up next is the final nonconference game for both teams. The Cougars (6-5) defeated Gonzaga 57-51 last year.
WSU comes into the game after having to go to overtime Wednesday for a 77-73 victory in Kennewick over the same UC Riverside team that Gonzaga routed 87-43 at home the previous Monday.
Graves noted that of the 741 shots taken this year by WSU players, some 363 have come from Lia Galdeira, who is averaging 18.1 points, and Tia Presley, who averages 20.5.
“Defensively, we have to make sure the shots for Galdeira and Presley are contested,” Graves said. “They can be streaky shooters. When they are on, they are tough to stop. Just ask Nebraska.”
On Nov. 30, the two guards got hot enough to beat the then-No. 10 Cornhuskers on the road.
The Bulldogs are led by senior guard Haiden Palmer (14.4 ppg) and 6-4 forward Sunny Greinacher (12.6).