Presley, Dheensaw Help Washington State Women Down USC Late, 79-75


The Washington State women snapped a three game losing streak Friday evening in Los Angeles at the Galen Center, defeating the USC Trojans by a final score of 79-75. They did it by overcoming a late two-point deficit and closing out the Trojans with clutch free throws.

Tia Presley filled up the stat sheet like she normally does, putting in 21 points and attributing six boards, six more assists and two steals on top of that. Big girl Shalie Dheensaw snatched up a double-double, her third of the season, with an 11/11 performance (points/rebounds). Three other Cougs scored in double figures to help WSU go to 12-9, 6-3.

The second half of the L.A. double -header comes in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday when the Cougars take on the UCLA Bruins. If you’re looking for some fun UCLA women’s basketball news, you can read THIS ARTICLE by our Pac-12 affiliate Go Joe Bruin. If not, well, we understand.

At any rate this WSU basketball team needs that game Sunday against a good UCLA team with Stanford and Cal heading into Pullman next weekend. It’s important to gain momentum and also to re-establish their swagger after watching a 5-0 beginning to the Pac-12 season turn into 5-3 before the win on Friday.

Hopefully this win on the road turns the Cougars back on a good direction heading into the second half of the Pac-12 season. Another 6-3 record to end the year should put them in a great position to make a post-season berth.