Kassi Anderson, placed sixth at NCAA National Championship (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Top Performers of the Week: November 28 - December 5
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.
Kassi Anderson, Women's Cross Country - Junior; Provo, Utah
Returning from a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, as well as an injury, Andersen started her junior season well by winning the BYU Autumn Classic. A three-time All-American, she later won the MWC Championships, earning herself All-MWC honors.
Andersen received MWC weekly honors for her performances at the BYU Autumn Classic and Bill Dellinger Invitational. She ended the season strong by finishing sixth at the NCAA National Championships.
Josh Rohatinsky, Men's Cross Country - Senior; Provo, Utah
Competing in the last race of his collegiate career, Rohatinsky ran ahead of the pack and finished first in the 10k championship race. A three-time All-American, he was named the 2006 Division I Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Rohatinsky found success early during his senior season as he started off winning the BYU Autumn Classic. He went on to win the next six races, including his final victory at the NCAA National Championships.
Dani Wright, Women's Basketball - Senior; Lawrenceville, Ga.
Dani Wright led the Cougar team in both road games this week picking up a team high 14 points vs. Harvard and a team high 16 points at Hartford. She grabbed four rebounds at Harvard and a team and game high 8 boards at Hartford.
In the Dec. 2 game at Hartford, Wright was perfect in field goals going 7-7 and went 2-3 at the free throw line. In that same game she was the lone BYU player to score in double figures.
Wright has scored in double digits in four of the seven games to date including back-to-back performances in this past week's two road contests.
On the season, she is currently the team's leading scorer (11.0) and is second in the rebound category with (5.7) boards a game.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
Senior forward Keena Young was the catalyst for BYU in two road games this past week, leading the Cougars in points, rebounds and assists. He averaged 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists from his power forward position to lead the team while making 56.3 percent of his field-goal attempts on 18-for-32 shooting.
Young led all scorers and rebounders in BYU's overtime win over Weber State Saturday. He scored a career-high 27 points and pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds to record his second double-double game of the season and fifth of his career. He also achieved his season high of three assists for the second straight game while going 11-of-19 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the line. Young scored the first six points of the game for the Cougars and then scored nine straight for BYU over a period of 2:24 in the second half.
He scored 21 points against the Wildcats after halftime to carry the Cougars' scoring load, including nine points down the stretch. He helped erase a five-point deficit with a jumper and an assist to Jimmy Balderson for a three. Young's free throw with 1:23 to go tied the score again and his two free throws with 0:41 on the clock gave BYU a two-point edge before the Wildcats forced overtime. In the extra period, Young converted a three-point play inside to break the game's final tie and propel BYU to the victory.
At Boise State, he scored 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding four rebounds, one steal and a season-best three assists. He is the only Cougar to score in double figures in all six games this season and has a string of nine straight double-digit scoring outings dating back to last year. On the season, Young leads BYU in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (6.5) while shooting .597 from the field and .818 from the line.