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Women's basketball knocks off No. 24 Arizona State

Pac-12 play may have not started off well for the men's team, but the WSU women opened conference play with an upset.

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WSU's women's basketball team opened Pac-12 play with a win on Friday, knocking off No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 in Pullman.

The Cougars were led by sophomore Lia Galdeira who scored 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting. She was one of four players in double figures with Tia Presley chipping in 17, Mariah Cooks 11 and Sage Romberg 10. Dawnyelle Awa scored five points and led WSU with four assists and three steals. The Cougars trailed early early on and were down 38-34 at halftime. Things changed for the better in the second half. WSU shot 58 percent from the field while limiting ASU to 31 percent. The Cougars also hit their free throws in the waning moments to seal the game.

With the win, the Cougars are now 7-6 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. WSU has knocked off two ranked teams this season, the first time it's accomplished that feat twice in a season since 2001. The Cougars will get a few more opportunities to add to that total this season with Stanford, Colorado and California all ranked.

Women's basketball:

Cougars Beat No. 24/25 Arizona State 85-78 in Pac-12 Opener - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State women’s basketball opened Pac-12 Conference play by knocking off No. 24/25 Arizona State University 85-78 in Beasley Coliseum Thursday.

Washington State beats No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 - Wire Womens Basketball - The Sacramento Bee
Lia Galdeira scored 27 points as Washington State beat its second ranked opponent this season after edging No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 Friday night.

WSU women defeat No. 24 Sun Devils, Moos - - Jan. 4, 2014
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos got a pair of special birthday gifts Friday as his cousin’s daughter starred for the No. 24 Arizona State women’s basketball team while the Cougars pulled out a hard-fought 85-78 win.

Men's basketball:

Cougars Look to Bounce Back Against Sun Devils - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State University men’s basketball (7-6, 0-1) looks to bounce back after its loss at No. 1 Arizona Thursday as it travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State (11-3, 0-1), Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT at Wells Fargo Arena.

WSU athletics:

Cougar Helmet Featured on SVP & Russillo - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougar football helmet and the iconic logo were featured on the set of the SVP & Russillo ESPN Radio show, Friday.