Men's basketball player of the week, Mike Rose (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
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.
Brett Allen, Men's Swimming - Senior; Katy, Texas
Allen remained undefeated on the season in the 50 and 100 freestyle events as he placed first in both of them against Utah, 20.24 and 45.60, respectively. In the 200-medley relay he anchored the team to first in a time of 1:30.60. Allen has not lost in the 50 free in MWC dual-meet competition for two straight seasons.
Niklas Arrhenius, Men's Track and Field - Senior; Orem, Utah
Niklas Arrhenius was already leading the Mountain West in the shot put when he added to the lead this weekend with a new season best and a provisional mark of 18.43 meters (60-5.5). The throw was good enough to put him in the 15th in the national rankings.
Kacie Capra-Callens, Gymnastics - Senior; Kingwood, Texas
Capra-Callens was perhaps the Cougars' most consistent performer during the team's two meets over the weekend. The Kingwood, Texas, native led the Cougars on three of the four apparatuses Friday and Saturday.
In Friday's quadrangular meet with top-15 teams Utah and Arkansas and in-state rival Southern Utah, Capra-Callens led BYU on bars, beam and floor. She posted a 9.775 on bars and tied season-best marks on beam at 9.825 and floor with a 9.850. Her score on floor was good for fourth place on the event behind Utah's three all-american performers.
Less than 24 hours later against Boise State, the senior tied for the team lead on bars while posting the team's second-highest score on floor. Her 9.775 bars score tied with teammate Dayna Smart for first place on the event, while her 9.800 score on floor was the second-best mark on that event.
Dolly Chang, Women's Tennis - Junior; Taipei, Taiwan
Junior Dolly Chang won two of her three matches at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships held at the University of Wisconsin last week, beating players from No. 18 Clemson and No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth. With the wins Dolly's record improves to 3-2 on the season.
Brittany Davis-Burk, Women's Swimming - Senior; Magna, Utah
Brittany Davis-Burk took first in three of the four events she swam in last week against Utah. Individually she swept the backstroke events taking the 100 at 57.35 and the 200 at 2:03.64, two events she has been unbeaten in all season. Davis-Burk also led the BYU 200 medley-relay team to a first-place finish (1:45.42) and helped the 400 free relay squad to a second-place finish in a time of 3:26.45, less than two tenths of a second behind Utah.
Mallary Gillespie, Women's Basketball - Junior; Vineyard, Utah
BYU junior guard Mallary Gillespie has been named the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, earning her second honor of the season and her career.
The Vineyard, Utah, native scored in double digits for the 14th time this season with a team and game-high 21 points in the Cougars' 69-65 win over TCU. She netted 18 of her 21 points from beyond the arc and from the free-throw line, going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. She was 5-for-16 (.313) from the field, including 3-for-9 (.333) at three-point range. She also collected four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
In league games, Gillespie leads the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She's second on the team in assists with 26 and fifth in steals with six to date.
She received her first league honor on Dec., 18 after picking up a career high 30 points vs. Weber State.
Heidi Houle, Women's Track and Field - Sophomore; Lindon, Utah
Heidi Houle ran the 800 meters at the Idaho State University Quadrangular meet in a time of 2:11.88. She has improved her time by three seconds from her previous mark and would provisionally qualify for nationals with another such improvement. With Houle's help, BYU holds the top seven times in the Mountain West Conference.
Dominik Kaufhold, Men's Tennis - Senior; Breitscheld, Germany
Team-captain Dominik Kaufhold won four matches combined in singles and doubles in a doubleheader versus Northern Arizona University and the University of San Francisco in Provo last weekend. The senior has the best singles record on the team this season at 4-1.
Mike Rose, Men's Basketball - Senior; Houston, Texas
A 6-foot-3 senior guard from Houston, Texas, Mike Rose scored a career-high 27 points in 21 minutes off the bench Saturday to help BYU defeat No. 25 UNLV in the Marriott Center. He tied his own school record and equaled the season high by an MWC player this year by making eight treys on 8-of-10 accuracy from behind the arc. His eighth triple also set a new BYU team record of 15 threes in a game. His three-point shooting gave BYU the momentum to pull away in a battle of league leaders. The Cougars led by just two points with 12 minutes to go in the half when Rose entered the game. He made three straight treys within his first two minutes on the floor to give the Cougars a nine-point advantage and connected on his first five triples overall in the first half to score 15 points and give BYU a 15-point lead at the break. He made three more treys in the second half, and was fouled on another attempt and made all three free throws. His 27 points was also the margin of BYU's victory over UNLV. BYU also defeated in-state rival Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City to finish the first half of the conference season tied for first place.
Brandson Watson, Men's Diving - Freshman; Riverton, Utah
Brandon Watson swept the men's 1- and 3-meter events against Utah. In the 1-meter he scored a 349.73 and on the 3-meter a 386.03. Watson's score in the 3-meter is his second best for the season and his score in the 1-meter is the new conference season high.