PULLMAN - Senior center Carly Noyes scored 24 points and sophomore guard Tia Presley tallied 21 points to lead the Washington State women's basketball team to a 79-69 victory in its home opener over Monmouth University at Beasley Coliseum Friday.
Noyes and Presley each record career highs as Noyes added three blocks for the Cougars (1-2). Freshman guard Lia Galdeira again put her name in the record book, posting 11 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and six assists to register the first double-double by a Cougar freshman since Jazmine Perkins in 2009. Alysha Womack led Monmouth (0-2) with 25 points.
Washington State shot 43.5 percent from the field and dished out 20 assists on its 30 field goals. The Cougars blocked seven Monmouth shots and held the Hawks to 25.5 percent from the floor including 5-for-19 from behind the arc.
Monmouth kept things close in the first half before WSU put together a 11-4 run to end the half and take a 32-28 lead in to the break. Galdeira got things going with a long two from the right wing, redshirt-junior guard Ireti Amojo hit a three in the left corner, and Galdeira added a stepback jumper before Noyes scored the final four points of the half.
The Cougars opened the second half getting the ball down to Noyes who scored six points during a 9-2 run in the opening minutes that also saw Presley hit a long three from the left wing.
Monmouth didn't go away, hitting a couple buckets to cut the WSU lead to 44-46 at the 12:08 mark before putting together consecutive baskets to tie things up at 50.
Washington State then turned to its bench and received a spark from junior forward Hana Potter who caught fire and ignited an 11-0 WSU run with nine straight points, hitting a three, grabbing rebound and finishing with a layup as she was fouled and adding another three from the right wing. Junior guard Brandi Thomas capped the run with a turnaround jumper from the left elbow to give WSU a 61-50 lead with 7:16 remaining.
Galdeira and Presley took over from there as Presley hit a three, Galdeira followed with a steal and nice drop-off pass to a streaking Presley for a layin. Minutes later, Noyes hit a baseline jumper before she later added a jumphook as she was fouled and completed the three-point play with the free throw to give her 24 points and keep the WSU lead in double-digits.
Potter finished the game with nine points and junior forward Sage Romberg added eight rebounds.
The Cougars continue their three-game homestand Sunday, hosting the University of Wisconsin at 1 p.m.