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Originally published Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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Washington State women's basketball: Five things to watch

Sign of things to come? Washington State surprised everyone with its run to the Pac-12 tournament semifinals last season. With three key players...

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Sign of things to come?

Washington State surprised everyone with its run to the Pac-12 tournament semifinals last season. With three key players gone, can WSU sustain the momentum?

Welcome back

Junior Ireti Amojo (knee) and sophomore Tia Presley (foot) return after injuries last season. Presley is expected to start at point guard. Amojo should add scoring punch on the wing.

Big constant

Senior center Carly Noyes — who is 6 feet 5 — was one of two players to start every game last season. She was on the Pac-12 all-defensive team and is the team's leading shot-blocker.

Muzzle Washington?

The Cougars have lost 34 straight to Washington. The teams meet this season on Jan. 15 in Seattle, then five days later in Pullman. Maybe the bigger Cougars can end the streak.

Improvement needed

The Cougars allowed opponents 73 points, and shot a conference-low 36.5 percent from the field and 64.9 percent from the line. All those numbers need to improve.

Jayda Evans

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