BOULDER, Colo. – Tia Presley scored 32 points for the second consecutive game, leading Washington State to an 80-77 victory over Colorado on Sunday.
Junior guard Presley, a former standout at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, is the second player in program history to score at least 30 points in consecutive games. Jenni Ruff did it twice during the 1995-96 season.
Presley has 504 points this season. The only WSU players with more in a season are Ruff (685 in 1995-96) and Jeanne Eggart (633 in 1980-81).
Presley made 11 of 22 shots from the field and 7 of 7 free throws.
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Sage Romberg added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (14-12 overall, 8-6 Pac-12), who beat Utah 83-73 Friday.
Lia Galdeira, who scored 10 points, made important plays down the stretch for WSU. She made two free throws with 2:01 left to tie the score at 75, fed Presley for a layup with 1:27 to go and added two free throws for a 79-75 WSU lead with 12 seconds remaining.
The Cougars had a 43-40 rebounding advantage, including 24-18 in the second half.
“I thought we competed very hard tonight,” WSU coach June Daugherty said. “The key was rebounding. We challenged them at halftime to work harder on the offensive boards and we responded.”
Jen Reese and reserve Jamee Swan scored 19 points each for the Buffaloes (14-11, 4-10).