The Washington State men’s and women’s basketball teams will host a doubleheader Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The women face UC Riverside at 4 p.m., while the men play San Francisco State at 7 p.m.
The men’s team comes in at 5-4 on the season, defeating Pepperdine 78-61 on Sunday in Pullman. The Cougars have won three-of-four, also defeating Idaho (67-66) and Purdue (69-54) in that span.
Junior DaVonte Lacy leads the team, averaging 20.0 points per game, while Royce Woolridge is averaging 11.1 points. Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is 15th in the Pac-12 in rebounding at 7.0 per game.
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This is the third time in five years that the Cougars will play in Kennewick, defeating Portland State 93-69 in 2009 and Idaho State 74-39 in 2012.
This is the third time San Francisco State and Washington State will play, with the Cougars winning both. WSU won 83-68 in 1975 and 109-67 in 1991.
There are no locals on the Cougars’ roster this year, as Kennewick High graduate Bryce Leavitt transferred to North Idaho College. Leavitt played for the Cougars as a freshman last season.
On the women’s side, the Cougars are 5-5 on the season and have won four-of-six games. including a 76-72 victory at No. 10 Nebraska on Nov. 30.
Last season, WSU beat UC Riverside 71-65 behind Tia Presley’s 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tri-Cities fans may remember Presley from her high school days. The Gonzaga Prep graduate finished her high school career with a Greater Spokane League record 1,469 points.
This is the second time the women’s team has visited Kennewick, defeating San Francisco 74-57 in 2009. The Cougars are coming off of an 87-76 loss at Dayton on Sunday.