Cougar women now 9-2 as Pac-12 play looms

EVERYBODY JOINED the party Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. Twelve of the 13 Washington State players who saw time made it into the scoring column against Loyola Marymount, and the Cougar women dominated, winning 87-60, and improving their record to 9-2.

Once again, the game was dictated by the 'Lia and Tia show' as the Cougars' offensive leaders did exactly what is usually expected of them. They scored. Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira posted 16 and 15 points, respectively, and they came out especially hot to start the second half.

Presley and Galdeira dropped 17 of the Cougs' 23 points in the first 10 minutes of the second period, and the Cougar squad went on a 10-0 run midway through the second half. Five of the points during that run came from Louise Brown (pictured above), who contributed eight points and was perfect from the field, making all three of her shots. The true freshman forward added five rebounds and made one three-pointer.

The fast start to the second half was similar to how the Cougars ran the floor during the game. Fast break points helped the Cougars surge ahead and stay ahead throughout the game. Washington State outscored Loyola Marymount 16-0 on fast breaks, and the Cougars built a margin as large as 32 with 3:33 remaining in the game.

Defense was also key for the Cougars -- they swiped 13 steals. The Cougars obliterated the Lions 30-12 in points off of turnovers, and Galdeira was the main headliner in takeaways with three steals. Four other Washington State players made two steals each.

“I am really proud of our kids to come down here, stay focused after a tough week of finals and head into the holiday break with a win,” head coach June Daugherty said. “I really liked our defense in the second half. We set the tone on defense, capitalized on offense and kind of took the wind out of LMU a little bit.”

Although both teams stormed out of the gate and combined for 40 points in about the first 10 minutes of the game, there were times in the game where the teams just could not sink a shot. Midway through the second half, about three minutes passed without a single point being scored.

The end of the first half was just as treacherous. The Cougars did not score for about a four-minute period, something the final score did not indicate at all. Loyola Marymount struggled in a similar fashion at the end of the first half as the Lions were unable to score for about three minutes before the break.

When the Cougars play next, the opponent will be especially meaningful -- that opponent will belong to the Pac-12 conference. The Cougar team receives a break for the holidays before resuming play Saturday, Jan. 3 against Arizona.

  • The Cougars outscored the Lions 15-11 in second-chance points. However, Loyola Marymount had 16 offensive rebounds compared to the Washington State's 14.

  • Loyola Marymount narrowly edged the Cougars in total rebounds, 45-44. Shalie Dheensaw led the Cougars with seven boards, and Galdeira and Mariah Cooks finished with six rebounds apiece.

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