June Daugherty has struggled to produce wins throughout her tenure as a head coach of the Women's basketball program. It's left a lot of fans wondering if she is the person to take the Cougs back to the NCAA Tournament. Early on, the team struggled mightily against one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country; in fact, The State of Women's Basketball has the Lady Cougs schedule as sitting ranked as the 19th most difficult schedule.
Despite the fact that the Cougs closed out the season playing the best basketball this program has seen in a couple of years.
That being said, there are still a lot of questions that have yet to be answered about the state of the program and the women in charge of it; one such question is the ability program to get to its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history Better yet, can the program get to a point where it is consistently a threat to get into "The Dance"?
There is a feeling among a chunk the fan base that Coach Daugherty is not going to be able to take this program to the next level; that she did a fantastic job of reviving a program on life support and now it's time to move on and get someone else to take the core that Daugherty built and take it to the NCAA Tournament. After all, in her six years at Washington State she has accumulated a 56-129 (.303) record; here is her record before the 2012-2013 season.
As we move into the 2013-2014 season, it's really show me time for the program, for Coach Daugherty. This is it only the most talented team in Daugherty's tenure; it is also one of the deepest teams in program history. There really is no reason for this team not to finish in the top five in the conference next season, and win a couple of games in the WNIT.
When you have Freshmen Lia Galdeira (14.3 PPG) and Sophomore Tia Presley (13.3 PPG) leading your team on the court there is a reason to have high expectations heading into next season. This team is poised for great things in the next couple of seasons. It would be a shame for them not to be able to live up to the talent on the roster; it could mean that June Daugherty is probably not the one to take this program back to the tourney.