TUCSON, Ariz. — Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira combined for 51 points and Washington State opened Pac-12 play on Saturday with its sixth-straight win, 81-70 over Arizona.
Presley had 26 points and Galdeira 25, 14 more than their combined average.
The Cougars (10-2), who never trailed after a Galdeira 3 four seconds into the game, led 37-30 at halftime. They were on the verge of a blowout with an 11-0 run when Arizona had five turnovers, putting them putting them up by 20 with 6:54 to play. The Wildcats (7-5) followed with a 12-0 run to close within 68-60 as the Cougars missed seven straight shots.
Galdeira had seven rebounds and seven assists as WSU had its best start since going 10-2 in 1989-90. Shalie Dheensaw had 11 rebounds for the Cougs.
Charise Holloway hit all four of her 3-pointers and had a career-high 20 for Arizona.
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