Women’s basketball seeks revenge

From staff reports

The Washington State women’s basketball team will head to the Bay Area on Saturday for a rematch against No. 12 Stanford. The Cougars lost a tough battle 86-76 in overtime against the Cardinal earlier this month.

The last matchup was one of the closest between the two teams, as the Cougars pushed Stanford to overtime for the very first time. Six different Cardinal players scored in double digits to help erase an 11 point second half deficit.

Senior guard Amber Orrange led Stanford with 19 points in that game, and is currently second on her team with 13 points per contest. The team has been deadly from behind the arc, and is currently third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 39.8 percent. Orrange has helped contribute to the team’s three-point shooting by posting a 45.5 percent average so far this season.

The Cougars would benefit greatly from a victory against Stanford, which is 7-1 in the Pac-12 and 15-5 overall. WSU is currently 4-4 in conference play after winning three straight.

Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira were effective last time against the Cardinal, scoring 23 and 19 points, respectively. Junior forward Mariah Cooks has also played well as of late, scoring 15 in her last outing against Colorado.

The Cardinal also feature a dynamic guard duo in Orrange and sophomore Lili Thompson, who leads the team with 14.7 points per game on average. The team’s guards have been effective this season, accounting for 46.7 of Stanford’s 71.9 points per game.

Both squads are led by head coaches who are close to career milestones. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer is 10 wins away from 800 in her Stanford career, which would make her the 10th college basketball coach with 800 victories at a single Division I school. WSU head coach June Daugherty is one win short of 400 in her career.

The game will tipoff at 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 networks.

Reporting by Steffen Stroup