Freshman Mindy Nielson tallied back-to-back double digit games this past week, scoring 15 points in each game respectively. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Mindy Nielson -- Women's Basketball -- Freshman -- Centennial, CO
In the game at Weber State Nielson came off the bench to lead the BYU team with 15 points. The 15 points then, were new season and career highs for Nielson. Her three three-pointers in that same game were new season and career highs as well.
Nielson also scored 15 points in the win over UCLA on 12/15/07 where she got her first collegiate start. The 15 points were the second best on the team and second best for either team. Her six assists vs. UCLA were also season and career bests and game highs as well. In the two contests this week, she tallied back-to-back double digit games, a first for Nielson on the year. On the Cougar team, Nielson ranks fourth in scoring with an average of 6.9 points and is third best in assists with a total of 17 to date.
BYU Team Notes: BYU improved to 5-6 on the year with the 68-58 home victory over UCLA on 12/15/07. In that game, the Cougars had four players in double figures, a first this season. They have had at least two players in double figures eight times this season and three players in double digits four times to date including the two contests this week. The team also improved to 5-2 when leading at the half and a similar record when outrebounding opponents. BYU is now 4-2 on the season playing at home.
Lee Cummard -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- Mesa, Ariz.
Junior guard Lee Cummard led the Cougars in virtually every statistical category in BYU's two wins last week while setting career highs in points, assists, blocks, field goals made, three-point field goals made and field goal percentage. The 6-foot-7 native of Mesa, Ariz., shot 75 percent from both the floor (21-of-28) and the three-point arc (6-of-8) while averaging team highs of 24.0 points, 6.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. He also ranked second on the team on the boards, pulling down 8.0 rebounds per game. Cummard did not attempt a single free throw in the two games but his amazing 21-of-28 accuracy for a perimeter player produced game-high scoring totals for BYU against both Lamar and Pepperdine.
He nearly became the first Cougar since 1988 to record a triple-double when he totaled game highs of 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists against Lamar on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and a 5-for-7 performance from behind the arc. His 27 points, eight assists, 11 field goals and five threes were all new personal bests. His eight assists came without committing a single turnover while he added one block and one steal.
He continued to fill the stat sheet with incredible numbers in BYU's win over Pepperdine Saturday. He went 10-for-12 from the floor, making his lone three-point attempt, while recording game highs of 21 points, five assists, four blocks and two steals. He added six rebounds, which was second on the team. His 83.3 percent shooting accuracy set a new career mark with more than 10 attempts, as he was nearly perfect in his 36 minutes, making 10-of-12 attempts. Cummard also established a new career record with four blocks against the Waves. After going 4-for-5 for nine points in the first half, Cummard scored the first six points of the second half for BYU. The Waves trailed by just three when Cummard started connecting and they wouldn't get any closer the rest of the game