Lia Galdeira Lights It Up to Advance Washington State in Pac-12 Tournament


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Washington State’s Lia Galdeira was simply ridiculous in the second half of the 8 vs 9 seed first round game of the Pac-12 Tournament, in which the Cougars advanced with a 48-41 win over Arizona State in Seattle.

The Pac-12’s only All-Conference freshman this season brought the Cougs back from an early 8 point deficit, as WSU only scored 13 first half points but kept touch with the Sun Devils, allowing 18. It was Galdeira who hit a difficult jumper from the top of the key with less than a minute to go in the half, giving WSU it’s 5th bucket of the half and essentially breaking the lid.

In the second half she started by scoring 5 straight Cougar points, including her first of two 3’s to cut the Devil lead to 21-20. A couple minutes later she drilled another 3 to give the Cougs a 27-25 lead with around 15:00 to play.

After Washington State extended the lead to 10 at 39-29 over the next 8 minutes, Galdeira struck again, making a big time double crossover move behind her back and pulling up from 17 feet to throw in a fadeaway dagger at the 7:40 mark. Washington State would basically cruise from there, closing out the Sun Devils to advance to round 2.

What a huge win for the woman’s program. Unfortunately they draw a very difficult matchup against Stanford tomorrow at 6 pm. The Cardinal have won 7 straight… Pac-12 championships that is. Of course, after 28-2 (17-1) regular season they are again the #1 seed in the tourney and are National Championship contenders.

Side note on WSU’s head coach June Daugherty from

"June Daugherty was diagnosed with acute appendicitis Thursday afternoon before her squad arrived for shootaround and left immediately for a local hospital, leaving her husband to patrol the sidelines as she underwent surgery. It’s the first game Daugherty has missed in her 24-year coaching career."

Highlights of the game from the Pac-12 Networks

Cougars Celebrate Round One Victory