HOOPS: Does new streak start on Tuesday?

THERE'S MORE THAN just wishful thinking behind the idea WSU's women's basketball team will end the streak tonight against Washington. The Cougs have been close a number of times but have still lost an astounding 36 straight to their cross-state rivals. But in 2013-14, WSU has played the eighth toughest schedule in the nation and against like conference opponents, WSU is 2-0 while UW is 1-1.

Tuesday's game is in Pullman (TV: Pac-12 Networks, 7 p.m.)

Washington State (8-6, 2-0) this season are 2-1 against ranked teams, having beaten No. 10 Nebraska and No. 25 Arizona State. The Huskies are 0-2 against ranked teams this season.

And while the Cougs have faced the No. 8 toughest schedule according to Sagarin ratings, Sagarin ranks Washington's (8-5, 1-1) slate at 87th toughest.

WSU leading scorer Tia Presley is fourth in the conference at 19.7 ppg. Lia Galdeira, who has canned 28 treys this season, is sixth in the conference at 18.4 ppg.

Galdeira and the rest of the Cougs may make the 3-pointer an emphasis against the Huskies – they've struggled to defend the long ball, allowing 36.1 percent shooting from opponents, last in the Pac-12.

Presley and Galdeira each have five 20-point games this season.

The season to date would suggest a high scoring game favors the Cougars. WSU is 5-2 when scoring 70 points or more. When the Cougs score 69 points or less, they're 2-4. The Dawgs are allowing a 70.5 points per game, and averaging 72.8 points per game.

In a scheduling quirk, the Cougars will face the Huskies again this Saturday in Seattle at 3 p.m. Saturday's game is also being broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

  • Cougar forward Shalie Dheensaw, a 6-foot-4 junior, is averaging 7.2 rebounds in her first season as a full-time starter.

  • WSU's last win against the Huskies came in 1995, a 72-67 decision in Pullman.

  • Washington State has lost six games during the streak by six or fewer points. Last year they lost both games by seven points, (60-53, 79-72)

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