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WSU women knock off Utah

Count one in the win column for the women's basketball team.

WSU Athletic Communications

The Washington State women's basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 83-73 win at Utah on Friday. It's been a rough stretch for the Cougars who are now 2-6 in their last eight games.

Tia Presley helped key the win, scoring a team-high 32 points. More impressively she did so with just 16 field goal attempts. Presley finished 8-of-16 from the field while shooting a whopping 21 free throws. She made 16-of-21, getting to the line seven more times than Utah did as a team. Lia Galdeira scored 18 points and senior Sage chipped in seven points and 10 rebounds.

Getting a win on the road against a poor Utah team was likely a must win if the Cougars want to keep any hope of making the postseason alive. The Cougars are now 13-12 on the season and 7-6 in Pac-12 play. The losing dropped them from NCAA Tournament consideration, however, they have the opportunity to play their way back into the discussion. In his latest bracketology, Charlie Creme of ESPN has USC as the second team out and Oregon State as the fifth off the bubble. WSU is a game behind OSU and two behind USC in the Pac-12 standings. The Cougars have an inferior overall record, but a few solid wins. With five games remaining in the regular season, WSU could make up some ground and at least join the discussion for the women's NIT.

Women's basketball:

Presley’s 32 Points Carries Cougars To Road Victory Over Utah - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Junior guard Tia Presley scored a game-high 32 points and sophomore guard Lia Galdeira added 16 points in the second half to help Washington State post an 83-73 road victory over the University of Utah Friday.

Men's basketball:

Stanford Daily | Cardinal visits lowly Washington State, can’t afford another loss
On Wednesday night, victory slipped through the fingers of the Stanford men’s basketball team. A disastrous second half resulted in a 4-point loss to a Washington team that the Cardinal (15-8, 6-5 Pac-12) had already beaten by 12 earlier this season, precisely the type of loss this team cannot afford if it hopes to make a run to the NCAA Tournament.

WSU Battles Stanford Saturday at Beasley Coliseum - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST STANFORD SATURDAY: For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Bay Area schools come to Pullman, as Washington State men’s basketball (9-14, 2-9) hosts Stanford (15-8, 6-5), Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.

WSU looks to avenge Stanford loss - - Feb. 14, 2014
Against Cal on Wednesday, the Washington State men’s basketball team nearly beat an opponent that had toyed with the Cougars earlier in the year, falling in overtime.


Top 2013 performances: Washington State Cougars QB Connor Halliday - ESPN
Besides, the Cougars wouldn’t have had a 35-13 lead near the end of the first half if it weren’t for Halliday tossing five of his six scores in the first 30 minutes. After his second pass of the game was intercepted, Halliday was surgical from then on, connecting with six receivers for scores. River Cracraft led the way with nine catches for 125 yards.

Football: Silver Creek alum Apodaca transferring from Washington State - Boulder Daily Camera
The elder Apodaca confirmed that Austin Apodaca will complete the current semester at Washington State while seeking a new home. While on the surface that appears to mean Austin Apodaca hopes to land at another BCS-level institution, instead of joining an FCS-level program where he could practice this spring and remain eligible this fall, coach Apodaca indicated his son will be exploring each and every option before making his next move.

Inglewood High’s Zaire Andre to play for Washington State - Los Angeles Wave: Sports
“Everything was different, from the weather to the people, but while I was there, it felt like it all came together for me,” he said. “I felt comfortable with the coaching staff. They throw the ball and they have their quarterback (Connor Halliday) coming back.” Andre added, “I set my goals in the ninth grade, but it feels unreal that it’s already here and time to go to college.”


Cougar Baseball Loses Opener - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State dropped its baseball season-opener 12-0 to Cal State Fullerton, Friday at Goodwin Field.