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From Pullman — For the first time in school history Washington State had two players earn All-Conference honors in women's hoops. Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira were both named to the All-Pac-12 team as voted by Pac-12 coaches. Fifteen players were named to the team. Galdeira was named All-Defensive team honorable mention for the second consecutive season.
Each are the school's first All-Conference player since Tricia Lamb in 1989-99.
Last year the duo were each named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Presley led the Cougars in scoring this season and was sixth in the Pac-12 with 18.9 points per game. The Spokane high school star was second in the conference with 212 free throw attempts and third with 151 makes. After having her first two years cut short by injuries the leading scorer in Greater Spokane League history put up the third-highest single season total at WSU with 568 points.
Galdeira was second on the Cougars and ninth in the conference with 17.7 points per game. She was second in the Pac-12 with 73 steals including a league-leading 47 in conference play.
OPENING STATEMENT: Good afternoon, everybody. (I'm) proud of our efforts this weekend. I thought that in the Utah game we played 40 minutes of basketball and we've been looking for that on the offensive and defensive end all year. I think it was a real confidence builder for us to turn around and head over to Colorado. I thought our kids played enormously hard and physical for 40 minutes of that game. A lo of people saw it; it was on national TV. It was very physical and we were in a lot of foul trouble and we prevailed. We're excited about both wins and we want to continue to get better.
Going into the weekend we talked about how our rebounding was not where we needed it to be. I thought that was a key in both victories that we did a much better job, especially on the offensive boards. Obviously you can't overlook the performance of Tia Presley and the weekend that she had. Congratulations to Tia on the Pac-12 Player of the Week, it's great to see a Coug be honored that way, it was obviously well deserved with two wins on the road and the way that she played.
Questions after the jump.
From Pullman — Spokane's own Tia Presley was named the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 10-17. Presley earned her first such honor of the season by averaging 32.0 point and shooting 50 percent from the floor in Washington State's sweep of Colorado and Utah, the team's first road sweep of the season.
She scored 32 points in both victories. It was the first time a WSU women's basketball player had scored 30 points in consecutive efforts since Jenni Ruff in 1995-96. She scored 16 points from the free throw line alone against Utah, making 16 of 21 in WSU's 83-73 win. She scored 22 points in the first half of WSU's 80-77 win over Colorado.
WSU is now 14-12 and 8-6 in conference play. The Cougars have won more games overall and in conference than any WSU team since 1995-96. That was also the last year WSU had a 500-point scorer until Presley did it this season.
From Pullman — We now live in a world in which the Cougars have a winning streak over the Huskies in women's basketball. For perspective, I was turning five the last time that happened, and Grippi was turning 25. The Cougars ended WSU's 36-game winning streak in the series with last night's 82-80 win. We've got post game video and a blog post.
The men have a chance for a big win today against No. 15 Colorado, here's our advance. Take Note: The game is being played in Spokane, which is likely more convenient for you. Unless you live in Pullman. Then, it's probably a pain. On the other side of the state the Huskies have a game against Utah, and they hope to continue to show off their new, not awful defense.
Bonus Link: Uh, oh. College football players are disappearing.
From Pullman — Coach June Daugherty and players Lia Galdiera, Tia Presley and Shalie Dheensaw spoke to the media after Washington State's 82-80 victory over Washington in women's basketball. The video of coach Daugherty is below and the players are after the jump.
From Pullman — All things, good and bad, come to and end. Except The Simpsons. UW's dominance over WSU in women's basketball came to an end today as the Cougars won, 82-80, for the first time since 1996. Our story, after the jump.