Bruins Bite WSU Women - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bruins Bite WSU Women

Posted:
Tia Presley and the Cougars couldn't beat UCLA on Super Bowl Sunday. Tia Presley and the Cougars couldn't beat UCLA on Super Bowl Sunday.

by WSU Athletics

LOS ANGELES – Washington State dropped a Pac-12 Conference road contest 79-72 to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Sunday.

Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira led the Cougars (12-10, 6-4 Pac-12) with 15 points and four steals. Senior forward Sage Romberg added 12 points and six rebounds and junior guard Tia Presley finished 11 points. Junior center Shalie Dheensaw added eight points while sophomores Alexas Williamson, Talyor Edmondson and Mariah Cooks each scored seven points.

Washington State was held to 38 percent shooting while UCLA (11-12, 5-6 Pac-12) shot over 43 percent from the floor, owned a 47-35 rebounding advantage and went 27-of-36 at the free throw line. The Bruins used a 16-3 run late in the second half and converted at the free throw line in the final minutes to hold off the Cougars.

The Cougars opened the game with a pair of threes from Galdeira and Romberg and later used a 12-4 run to take a two-point lead midway through the first half. Dheensaw and Romberg got things started with rebound putbacks and Presley and Romberg both converted old fashioned three-point plays before Awa capped the run with a driving layup high off the glass for a 31-29 advantage at the 3:41 mark.

The Bruins countered with an 8-2 run before Presley knocked down two free throws just before the half, cutting the UCLA lead to 37-35. Washington State shot over 41 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes while UCLA shot over 46 percent and scored 16 points off of 11 WSU turnovers.

UCLA opened the second half with seven straight points and later took a double-digit lead following an 11-3 run. Washington State countered with a 12-run to tie game at 53 at the 10:33 mark. Galdeira sparked the run with a three, Romberg added a three before Galdeira capped the steak with a rebound putback.

The Bruins answered back with a decisive 16-3 run as the Cougars struggled to get anything to fall during that stretcch, allowing UCLA to build a double-digit lead with 2:35 remaining. WSU made one final run as Edmondson hit a three, Presley followed with a steal and runner before Cooks went coast-to-coast with a steal and layup to cut the UCLA lead to three with 44 seconds remaining.

Washington State was forced to foul and the Bruins knocked down their free throws in the final minute to pick up the win.

The Cougars host Stanford University Friday at 6 p.m. and the University of California Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.>>
    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.
    >>
  • Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:54:59 GMT
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.>>
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.>>
  • Williams Shuts Down Bells, Before Bats Rally To End Skid

    Williams Shuts Down Bells, Before Bats Rally To End Skid

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:30:37 GMT
    When the top two pitching staffs in the West Coast League, you can expect a quality pitching performance. That’s exactly what the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells delivered Tuesday night, as the Pippins rallied late to win, 6-1 at County Stadium.>>
    When the top two pitching staffs in the West Coast League, you can expect a quality pitching performance. That’s exactly what the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells delivered Tuesday night, as the Pippins rallied late to win, 6-1 at County Stadium.>>
  • Washington St.WSUMore>>

  • WSU's Halliday Named To QB Award Watch List

    WSU's Halliday Named To QB Award Watch List

    Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has been named to the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Wednesday.>>
    Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has been named to the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Wednesday.
    >>
  • Former Coug Johnson Named To Double-A All Star Game

    Former Coug Johnson Named To Double-A All Star Game

    Former Washington State outfielder Kyle Johnson is an Eastern League All-Star. The Double-A circuit’s All-Star Clash is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific, Wednesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.>>
    Former Washington State outfielder Kyle Johnson is an Eastern League All-Star. The Double-A circuit’s All-Star Clash is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific, Wednesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
    >>
  • WSU Basketball Announces 2014-15 Schedule

    WSU Basketball Announces 2014-15 Schedule

    The Ernie Kent Era of Washington State University men’s basketball begins with five home nonconference games, as well as the return of the Cougar Hardwood Classic, a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout and a solid Pac-12 schedule, as announced by Kent in the release of the 2014-15 schedule, Wednesday.The Cougars’ nonconference schedule is set, as well as all home opponents. The Pac-12 will announce the completed conference schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12 Networks follow...>>
    The Ernie Kent Era of Washington State University men’s basketball begins with five home nonconference games, as well as the return of the Cougar Hardwood Classic, a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout and a solid Pac-12 schedule, as announced by Kent in the release of the 2014-15 schedule, Wednesday.The Cougars’ nonconference schedule is set, as well as all home opponents. The Pac-12 will announce the completed conference schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12 Networks follow...>>