This weekend’s Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis was a series of battles for the WSU women’s basketball team.
The Cougars fell 87-83 in double overtime to Minnesota on Saturday, and then turned around to play again on Sunday, when they lost 65-54 to South Dakota State. These games marked the first time the women’s basketball team has played back-to-back overtime games since Feb. 28-Mar. 7, 1981.
Freshman Lia Galdeira scored 45 points in the two games, including a WSU freshman record 33 points against Minnesota. She was named to the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Tia Presley led the Cougars in the game against South Dakota State with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Game 1 for the Cougars saw them come back from a 26-19 deficit at halftime to battle with the Gophers until they were forced to foul in double overtime and Minnesota pulled away.
Game 2 was a comeback by the Jackrabbits, with WSU leading 26-22 at halftime, and SDSU eventually outscoring the Cougars 15-6 in overtime.
The issues that plagued the Cougars against Simon Fraser came back, as they were out rebounded 55-39 by UM and 51-50 by SDSU.
Minnesota won the Best Buy classic by beating Villanova 75-60 on Sunday.
The Cougars will return to Pullman and take on Monmouth at Beasley Coliseum on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.