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IN THE CATEGORY OF "Outrage of the Week" you have to give a nod to Pac-12 women's basketball coaches for relegating WSU senior guard Tia Presley to honorable mention rather than the 15-person All-Pac-12 team. Presley is fifth in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg), sixth in steals (54), seventh in free-throw percent (.776) and tenth in 3-pointers made (48).

While she had a stretch when shots wouldn't fall, the body of her work over the course of the season undeniably screams out All-Pac-12.

Regardless, Presley ranks as one of the most decorated WSU women's players in history. In addition to earning conference honorable mention honors this season, the Gonzaga Prep alum was first-team last season and honorable mention the season before.

Presley has 1,504 career points. That means she needs 23 in the Pac-12 Tournament to pass Hall of Famer Jenni Ruff for No. 3 on the all-time WSU list. Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) is No. 1 and Presley's backcourt teammate, Lia Galdeira, is No. 2.

Presley's prodigious point total, by the way, was compiled despite missing the equivalent of an entire season with injuries she suffered as a freshman and sophomore.

COUGAR QUARTERBACK Luke Falk's singing sisters, Natalee and Alexa, were on the Ian Furness and Jason Puckett show on KJR Radio yesterday promoting today's CougsFirst! Show at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The sisters will have a booth at the event and will be performing at the after party.

Their wide-ranging conversation with Furness and Puckett, which also included CougsFirst! co-founder Jack Thompson, was highly entertaining -- and the Falks didn't even sing! Among the findings:

1) They stopped in at the The Coug last November during Apple Cup weekend and didn't even realize it. Clarity was reached when Furness and Puckett asked if the establishment they visited was brick and had writing on the walls.

2) Puckett asked Thompson if Drew Bledsoe would be attending the CougsFirst! Show, which led to a discussion about wine, which then led to Furness asking the Falks if they know who Bledsoe is. "A football player?" asked one. "Associated with Tom Brady?" asked the other.

3) In a family secret sure to go over well with Luke, the sisters disclosed that when Luke was a baby they used to dress him up like a girl and call him Skylar. "An older sister thing," they insisted.

4) Asked about the idea of performing in Pullman on a game weekend, the sisters -- who live in Nashville -- said they're not sure little bro would be keen on them treading in his work place.

To listen to the full interview, head HERE.

And in case you missed our November feature on Natalee and her amusing tales of playing catch with Luke in his youth, CLICK HERE.

The CougsFirst! Show in Bellevue today runs from 4-8 p.m. with the after-party immediately following. Admission is free.

NEWS THAT RICK NEUHEISEL is leaving the Pac-12 Networks to become a studio analyst for CBS' coverage of the SEC is a big-time loss for Pac-12 football fans. Insightful, humorous and glib, he has been the shining star of Pac-12 Networks football coverage since its inception. As Dennis Dodd of wrote about Neuheisel last fall, "He's smart. He's a brand, a personality..."

And he will be nearly impossible to replace. You can already guess some names that will be floated, like ho-hum-quarterbacks-turned-Fox-analysts Joey Harrington and Joel Klatt. The guess here is that whoever steps in will pale in comparison -- that is, unless Cris Collinsworth or Todd Blackledge opt for a stunning career move.

COUGAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Xavier Cooper was in Detroit this week interviewing with the Lions. He tells that, like WSU, he gets a family feel from the Lions. He also talks about his days as a soccer player helping him become light on his feet, and how the Seahawks' Michael Bennett is a player he looks to pattern himself after. CLICK HERE to watch Cooper's entire 2 1/2-minute interview.

THREE COUGAR SENIORS -- DaVonte Lacy, Dexter Kernich-Drew and Jordan Railey -- will bid farewell to Friel Court this week as the men's basketball team closes out the regular season at home with games against No. 13 Utah on Thursday (8 pm) and Colorado on Saturday (3:30).

For Lacy, it figures to be another week of milestone setting. Fresh off of breaking Klay Thompson's WSU career record for 3-pointers, Lacy now has his sights set on moving past Brock Motum into fifth place on WSU's all-time scoring list. Lacy sits at 1,506 points -- 24 away from Motum. Lacy ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring with 17.3 points per game and is tied for fifth in the league with an average of 2.2 made 3-pointers per game. In case you missed it, WSU put together THIS quick but slick video salute to Lacy breaking the 3-point-shooting record.

Railey and Kernich-Drew also have some numbers to smile about.

Railey is tied for 11th in the league with 1.1 blocked shots per game and currently ranks 16th in WSU’s career blocks record book with 60 blocks. That's a remarkable stat in light of the fact he's played just one and a half seasons for the Cougs since transferring in from Iowa State. Kernich-Drew, meanwhile, is the man with the hot hand. Over his last six games he is averaging 15.8 points per outing and shooting 52.5 percent (21-for-40) from beyond the arc.

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