Malachi Flynn scored 26 points and the Cougars held off No. 21 Saint Mary’s 84-79 to reach the title game of the Wooden Legacy on Friday.
Washington State made it to the WNIT semifinals last year and they return four starters and get a few players back from injury.
The Cougars practiced all offseason with a 12-second shot clock, taking a page from Creighton who ran them down early last season.
Arizona is the near-unanimous picked as Pac-12 favorites in preseason media poll.
UCLA tabbed as Pac-12 preseason favorites followed by Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State.
The second-team All-Metro League pick also had an offer from Washington.