The WSU women’s basketball team will play two games in Beasley Coliseum this weekend, facing Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.
The Cougars enter the weekend with an overall record of 5-12 and a 1-5 showing in Pac-12 play thus far, after dropping two games to UW last week. The leading scorers for the Cougars are freshman Lia Galdeira, who averages 13.7 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 2.7 steals per game; and sophomore Tia Presley, who averages 13.1 points per game to go along with three assists per game.
In Pac-12 play, Presley has averaged 2.6 more points per game than her season average. Senior Carly Noyes has 24 blocks on the season, 13 of which have come in just six Pac-12 games.
Oregon comes in to the matchup with a 2-16 record that includes an 0-6, Pac-12 record and an 0-8 record away from Eugene, Ore. The Ducks have one player averaging double-digit points per game -- Jillian Alleyne -- while no other player averages above seven points per game.
Last year, the Cougars split two games against the Ducks, winning 75-47 in Eugene and later losing 67-62 in Pullman. The Ducks have been outscored by their opponents by an average of 13.7 points per game this season.
Oregon State brings to Sunday’s contest an even 9-9 overall record and a 3-3 conference record. The Beavers are 4-5 in away games. Jamie Weisner is the leading scorer for the Beavers, averaging 12.3 points per game as the Beavers’ only scorer in double-digits.
Last season, the Cougars also split their regular season matchups with the Beavers, winning 61-54 in double overtime in Corvallis and falling 51-39 in Pullman. In the Pac-12 tournament, the Cougars broke the season tie with a 65-56 first round victory in Los Angeles.
On average, the Ducks and the Beavers both out-rebound their opponents, so the Cougars will have to fight on the boards. Neither team has strong three-point shooting, with both averaging well under 30 percent.
The Oregon game will tip off at 7 p.m., and the Oregon State game will begin at 1 p.m.