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BYU preps for Texas

Dec 08, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 1:58 pm | Updated: December 8, 2016 7:49 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began the day studying film on Friday's opponent Texas. After a study hall, the Cougars traveled to the unfamiliar Gregory Gym for the first time. Head coach Heather Olmstead as well as Amy Boswell, Whitney Young Howard and Mary Lake joined the media for a press conference before practice began. Following the 90 minute session, the Cougars returned to the hotel to continue working on homework and studying for finals. No. 13 seed BYU faces off against No. 4 seed Texas Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. CST.

Women's volleyball travels to Texas to prepare for showdown with Longhorns

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:43 pm | Updated: December 8, 2016 11:24 am | Permalink

No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball traveled to Austin, Texas, Wednesday to prepare for its regional semifinal match against No. 4 seed Texas on Friday. The Cougars left the Smith Fieldhouse in the morning to catch their flight at the Salt Lake City International Airport. The team spent most of the flight and evening time working on homework and studying for finals. Following a bus ride into town, the squad checked into its hotel for the night.

BYU defeats Weber State 77-66

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:05 pm | Permalink

BYU made the first two baskets of the second half before the Wildcats sparked a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three. Yoeli Childs put the Cougars back in action with a jump shot as BYU led 43-38 with 15:57 to go. The Cougars went cold from the field as Weber State tied the game 47-47 on a 3-pointer with 12:28 left in the game. BYU answered with a 6-2 run to build momentum and retake a 53-49 lead. BYU led by as many as 13 before sealing the game 77-66.

BYU improved to 6-3 on the season as Eric Mika recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. TJ Haws scored 15 points while Kyle Davis finished with 13. BYU ended the game shooting 47 percent from the field while Weber State shot 43 percent. 

BYU leads Weber State 37-28 going into halftime

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 7:55 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a hot start with a 7-0 run before the Wildcats scored the next seven points. An Eric Mika jump shot gave the Cougars a 16-14 advantage with 13:13 on the clock. Kyle Davis made a layup and free-throw for a 27-22 lead. Yoeli Childs hit a jump shot as the Cougars led 31-24 with 6:10 left. BYU went on a 6-0 run and held Weber State to a four-minute scoring drought as a pair of TJ Haws free throws gave BYU its first double-digit lead of the game, 35-24, with 2:51 to go. The Cougars led 37-28 going into halftime.

Haws led BYU’s offense with 12 points while Davis contributed seven. Childs and Davin Guinn each tallied four rebounds while Mika and Haws logged three assists each. BYU shot 43 percent from 3-point range while holding the Wildcats to 15 percent. BYU held Weber State 18-12 with points in the paint. 

Getting to Know: Taylor Harward and Erin Hilton

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 10:15 am | Updated: December 7, 2016 11:24 am | Permalink

Taylor Harward, senior

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

Russia.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

Julia Styles.

What are you secretly good at?

Cooking and baking.

What is your favorite app?

Snapchat and Instagram. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Fashion designer.

What is your favorite saying?

“Never give up!”


Erin Hilton, freshman

What is your favorite app?

Snapchat. 

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?

Anything by One Direction.

What are you secretly good at?

Giving advice.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

I have a lot of songs from Tangled…

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?

Scarlett Johansson. 

What is your favorite/the most interesting class you’ve taken at BYU?

Western Humanities.

BYU pulls out ahead in 77-63 win over USU

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:22 pm | Updated: November 30, 2016 10:20 pm | Permalink

After Utah State cut BYU’s six-point halftime lead to four, 37-33, Eric Mika made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 38-33. A key block from Mika swung the momentum in BYU’s favor with 17:08 on the clock, setting up a 15-7 Cougar run.

As part of that run, Nick Emery sunk a 3-pointer four and a half minutes in after three-consecutive missed shots from beyond the arc to put the Cougars up 41-35. L.J. Rose knocked down a 3-pointer of his own and converted a jumper into a three-point play on a foul and a pair of Mika dunks fueled the offensive outburst.

The Aggies responded with a 7-1 run of their own to make it a five-point game with 8:59 left, 54-49, but BYU held on, eventually gaining a double-digit lead.

Effective free-throw shooting near the end solidified the BYU win as the Cougars extended their lead to as many as 14 points, ending the night on a 77-63 victory.

Four Cougars scored in double digits. Mika led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds while Rose added 18 points and nine boards. Emery and Braiden Shaw both contributed 10 points with six and five rebounds, respectively.

Cougars claim edge over Aggies at the half

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:58 pm | Updated: December 1, 2016 9:37 am | Permalink

Utah State claimed the first points of the matchup and led BYU until TJ Haws drove to the basket and found the first Cougar points, shortening the Aggies’ lead, 5-2. Senior LJ Rose contributed two free throws and shortly after fed Eric Mika with an over-the-shoulder pass which was converted into a dunk, giving the Cougars a 6-5 lead. The Cougars held onto the lead, with Yoeli Childs, Mika and Davin Guinn and Jamal Aytes all contributing points in the effort.

BYU jumped out to a 10-point lead when Nick Emery hit a 3-pointer in transition with 11:50 to go in the half. Following an 9-0 Utah State run with just under nine minutes left in the half, the Cougar advantage was cut to three, but Eric Mika answered with a pull-up jump shot to end the streak. Braiden Shaw came off the bench and contributed eight points in the final minutes, and BYU maintained the 37-31 edge over the Aggies into the locker room.

Mika and Shaw led all BYU scorers with eight points each, and Childs logged six points and six rebounds in the first half. Shaw went 4-of-4 from the field in a total of seven minutes. 

Getting to Know: Jonny Linehan and Tuni Kanuch

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:50 am | Updated: November 30, 2016 12:58 pm | Permalink

Jonny Linehan
Senior punter

What did you do in the offseason?
Punting all day every day and I loved it. I actually worked two internships this summer just to try to get some experience because I finally got my green card. My heart has been with punting. Just football and work.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
They’re awesome, I love it. They bring a whole new energy to the environment. It’s something a lot of the players are thriving off of. I know all of us just want to go to battle for these new coaches. We have more confidence just because of their coaching style. 

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Probably my own song “Puntin’, Kickin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.” It’s only embarrassing for other people. For me, I don’t get embarrassed by it. I think it’s sick.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
Synchronized diving. It’s really cool.

What would be your dream job?
To play a sport professionally. Growing up I wanted to play professional rugby for New Zealand, but now I think it would be cool to play in the NFL. I am studying finance and I might go down that road. But my dream job would be to be a coach. I would love to coach special teams and kickers and punters because it’s more of a skilled position than people think.


Tuni Kanuch
Junior offensive lineman

How did you spend your offseason?
Just working out, trying to get big. Chilling with my wife, playing video games. The usual.

What’s your favorite video game?
Paragon. It’s a new, kind of nerdy game.

Hidden talent?
I love to sing, but I just try not to sing in front of people. When the boys and I have a jam session, I guess you could say I have a pretty good voice.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Every time I hook my phone up to an aux cord, “All About That Bass” comes on automatically. It’s embarrassing.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
I love them. They are all about the team and bringing us together. I’m in love with what they’re doing with the program. They are great people.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
Rugby. Or basketball. All the NBA guys are on the basketball team so it would be fun to hang out with them.

Favorite NBA player?
I like Anthony Davis. He plays big even though he’s skinny so he’s cool.

Sports hero?
I would say my pops is my sports hero. He grew up playing rugby, but helped me to get to this point.

How did you find your wife?
I was just sitting in the parking lot with my best clothes on and my watch and I was just flexing. My hair was all set and all the girls came flocking in and I just found the one.

BYU defeats USU in final regular season game, 28-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:46 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 11:47 pm | Permalink

BYU’s strong offensive push seals the win over USU, 28-10.

After Hill left the field in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum entered for his first time of the game.  

Mangum threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson at the 12:55 mark of the quarter lengthening the Cougars lead 28-10 to USU.

Rhett Almond missed a 28-yard field goal attempt with under six minutes to go in the fourth quarter wrapping up a 54-yard and 9 play drive, keeping the score 28-10.

Hill finished the game with 101 passing yards, Williams with 131 rushing and Nick Kurtz with 50 receiving yards. The Cougars marked 355 total yards over the Aggie’s 200 yards. 

BYU carries its lead over the Aggies, 21-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:00 pm | Permalink

BYU extends its lead over Utah State in the third quarter, 21-10.

Hill threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Juergens with 2:20 left in the third quarter, bringing the Cougars to an 11-point lead over Utah State, 21-10. This marked Hill’s 75th career combined touchdown.

At the 1:28 mark, Fred Warner caught BYU’s first interception of the game at the USU 40 for a gain of two yards.

Hill recorded 35 passing yards in the third quarter which brought him to a total of 101 passing yards for the game. Williams led the Cougars with 126 rushing yards and Hill followed with 33 rushing yards at the end of the third.