NCAA hopes slipping away for WSU women’s basketball

The Washington State women’s basketball postseason hopes took a hit last night in California. The Cougars (15-14, 9-8) began their final road trip of the season, falling short 75-68 to the California Golden Bears (27-7, 13-4) in overtime.

Leading the way for Cal was junior forward Reshanda Gray, who racked up 32 points in the first half and finished the contest with 43 points. Gray was 17-of-20 from the field and grabbed 16 rebounds.

It was a close game from the beginning, but it was no closer than with 1:34 left in regulation play when WSU sophomore guard Lia Galdeira finished with a lay-up to tie the game up at 64.

In overtime, it was the Brittany Boyd and Gray show. They were the only players on the California team to score in the extra minutes. Junior guard Brittany Boyd ended the game with a triple-double, 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

On the Washington State side, junior center Shalie Dheensaw stepped up her game and was efficient from the post. Dheensaw hit 6-of-13 shots and scored 14 points. She recorded another double-double with 15 rebounds.

“Right now this stings. It really, really hurts because we fought so hard to get it to overtime, our defense was playing I thought very good tonight,” WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. “And we had a chance to win against a ranked team on the road, so right now it hurts.”

Adding to the stat sheet was junior guard Tia Presley who scored 15 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Galdeira ended with 13 points. The two players shot a combined 11-of-39 from the field.

The Cougars were victorious in an area they entered the game honed in on, rebounding. They won the battle on the boards 63-59.

The Cougars take on Stanford tomorrow night to close out the season before the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle.