The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Mallary Gillespie, Women's Basketball - Junior; Vineyard, Utah
Mallary Gillespie scored in double figures in both league games this past week marking 12 games in which she has scored in double digits. In both league games she led all scores with (16) vs. CSU and (17) vs. UNLV. All of her points in both contests have been scored from behind the arc and from the free throw line. Gillespie has been the team's leading scorer in seven games this year including three of the five league games to date. She is the team's second leading scorer with 12.3 points and is second on the team in assists and third in steals.
Dayna Smart, Gymnastics - Junior; Sandy, Utah
Smart won two all-around titles in two meets against Boise State and Utah State, both within three days of each other. The two meets marked the first times in her career she has ever competed on all four events. Her efforts led the Cougars to wins in both meets and a 195.475 outing against Utah State, BYU's highest team score since the 2005 NCAA Regionals.
At Boise State she won the all-around with a 38.800, including a team-best 9.825 on beam and a 9.800 on floor. She also posted the team's second highest score on vault.
Against the Aggies on Monday, Smart recorded a 39.375 score in the all-around. She topped 9.800 on every event, including a sizzling 9.900 on beam, a career-best 9.800 on bars and a 9.850 on vault.
Anastasia Surkova, Tennis - Junior; Moscow, Russia
Junior Anastasia Surkova was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. Surkova earned the award with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles position last weekend, beating Denver's Annette Aksdal, 6-1, 6-2, and Washington's Tara Simpson, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1. Surkova also went 2-0 in doubles action, teaming up with Jenny Miccoli and Kristina Doerr at the No. 1 position to post wins over Denver, 8-4, and Washington, 8-3.
Matt Weirich, Track and Field - Junior, Fredricksburg, Texas
When Matt Weirich cleared 5.25 meters he jumped into the national rankings. He is tied for the 10th best high jump in the nation. He is more than a foot ahead of where he was last year and is also matching and passing up his personal bests of last year.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
A 6-foot-6 forward from Beaumont, Texas, Keena Young averaged a team-leading 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 60 percent (18-of-30) from the floor and 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the line last week. He added 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Young recorded his team-leading fifth double-double game of the season with a career-high 29 points and team-best 10 rebounds to lead BYU over Wyoming Tuesday. He also shared team-high honors with two steals and added three assists while going 9-for-16 (.563) from the floor and 11-of-12 (.917) from the charity stripe. After taking a two-point lead just before the half, BYU was able to stay in front of the Cowboys on the strength of Young's 21 second-half points. Young scored nine points during a 17-0 second-half Cougar run that broke a 45-45 tie and gave BYU the momentum.
While giving up six inches in his matchup against Colorado State's 7-foot inside tandem of Jason Smith and Stuart Creason, Young went 9-of-14 from the field to score 18 points while adding two rebounds and one steal at CSU Saturday.
Young's 18 points vs. CSU marks the 17th time in 19 games that he has scored in double figures while his 29 points vs. Wyoming was the fourth time he has posted 20 or more points in a game this year. His 29-point effort is also the most points scored by a Cougar since Rafael Araujo scored 32 points against No. 25 Oklahoma State on Dec. 6, 2003 at the Delta Center.