The Washington State women are tearing it up right now, solidifying their claim as one of the Pac-12’s early surprises with a convincing win over a ranked Colorado team. The victory may also have vaulted them into the conversation of conference favorites, at least in a top 3 setting. The Cardinal are the clear-cut favorite at this point still and ASU just beat California, who was ranked 15.
There’s also no doubt the fearless Cougars should be ranked now and it would take a crime of passion to leave them out of the top 25, even if they do somehow falter against Utah on Sunday. They’ve beaten three ranked teams this season, Nebraska, Arizona State and now the Buffs. By the way, the CU women are now 11-5 (1-4), so it baffles me how they are still ranked, even coming into this week while the Cougars barely got a vote. But enough about that because it should take care of itself next week, let’s get back to this game.
Let’s see, some highlight points:
- CU led the Pac-12 in rebounding margin coming into the basketball game, they left getting out-boarded by the Cougs 42-36.
- The backcourt combo of Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira are putting on shows nightly, going for 17 apiece on Friday night.
- The Cougars held yet another team to a low 3 point pct., challenging everything to give up only 3 of 18 on the night.
- First time the Cougs have knocked off three ranked opponents since 1994-95.
- First time the Cougs have gone to 5-0 in conference since the start in 1997-78.
- Putting another miserable streak behind them, the Cougars beat Colorado for the first time since 1998.
- The attendance Friday evening was 1,423. With the women playing so well it’s safe to say that number should at least approach the 2,000 mark Sunday.
Coughouse and others put it best from all of us on twitter:
Utah’s next! Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks.