It's only five games into the conference season, but the Washington State women's basketball team continues to do things that haven't been done in a while. On Friday, the Cougars improved to 5-0 with a 70-60 win against No. 20 Colorado.
The 5-0 start is WSU's best start in conference since the 1977-78 season. The win was WSU's third against a ranked opponent this season, the first time the Cougars have done that since 1994-95. Like I said, the Cougars continue to do things that haven't been done in a while.
The formula for the Cougars remains the same. Let Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley lead the way while a host of other players contribute in a variety of ways. Galdeira and Presley both scored 17 points, with Presley doing it on 7-of-10 shooting. Dawnyelle Awa chipped in eight points and five assists while Shalie Dheensaw finished with eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks. WSU held a 42-36 rebound advantage, an impressive feat considering Colorado entered the game with the best rebounding margin in the conference.
Here are highlights and press conferences from the win.
Cougars Beat Colorado 70-60, Stay Perfect in Pac-12 Play - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State improved to 5-0 in Pac-12 Conference play and knocked off its third-ranked opponent of the season with a 70-60 victory over No. 21/20 Colorado in front of 1,423 fans at Beasley Coliseum Friday
Washington State women beat 21st-ranked Colorado | Cougars | The Seattle Times
Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each scored 17 points on Friday night as Washington State beat No. 21 Colorado 70-60 in a Pac-12 women’s basketball game.
Cougars hope to rebound - Spokesman.com - Jan. 17, 2014
In Ken Bone’s early days as coach, the Cougars’ (8-9, 1-4 Pac-12) 80-48 loss to Stanford Wednesday would have been followed by intense practices. But as the season’s changed, so has Bone’s philosophy. So the enormity of that loss didn’t impact Friday’s "light" practice in preparation for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at California (13-4, 4-0).