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Game at Harvard

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 11:01 pm | Permalink

Today was the final game the team played in the Boston area.  After a disappointing loss at Boston College yesterday, the team looked to bounce back against Harvard.

A nice crowd of BYU fans came to cheer on the Cougars as they battled Harvard in a closely fought battle.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way at the end. Kim Beeston, Lexi Eaton and Keilani Unga all recorded double digits in scoring in the game with Haley Steed leading the way in assists with a game-high eight.

The team returns home Saturday night for a short stay. They go back on the road again on Monday to play at Arizona on Tuesday, one of three Pac-12 schools the Cougar will play this season. They are at Washington State on Saturday. 

Boston College – Game Day

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:34 pm | Permalink

After breakfast in the hotel, the women’s team gathered to watch film on tonight’s opponent Boston College, and then it was off to shoot around at the Conte Forum, on the BC campus. On the way to our practice, we took a short detour so we could see the Boston Temple. We stopped for just a few minutes to take a couple of pictures. At the game we had a small, but loud cheering section. Unfortunately, we came up short at the end, losing to Boston College 62-56.

Wednesday – a day in between games

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:09 pm | Updated: November 14, 2012 10:24 pm | Permalink

We arrived in Newton, MA via bus late Tuesday night after leaving from Hanover, NH with the win over Dartmouth. Wednesday morning was spent practicing at Harvard. Once the girls showered we met with Dr. Roger Porter, who is on the faculty at Harvard and is a BYU alumni. He gave us a wonderful tour of the campus where we learned a lot about the school's history. He took us to Dunster House where he is the House Master. We enjoyed a delicious lunch there in the eating area that is reminiscent of the Dining Hall in the Harry Potter books and movies. In the evening we drove into Boston for dinner at a seafood restaurant. Afterwards, our bus driver John, pointed out a few famous landmarks including a night view of Fenway Park.

Win at Dartmouth

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:10 pm | Permalink

In its first road game of the season, the BYU women’s basketball team sneaked out with a one-point, 58-57 win over Dartmouth. It was a rainy, cold day in Hanover as the team prepared for its first road test of the year. Game day started with breakfast, watching film on Dartmouth and a one-hour shoot around at Leede Arena. The pregame meal was at one of the team’s favorite places, Panera. BYU had a nice cheering section at the game, thanks in part, to the efforts of Jordan and Allie Judkins (coach Judkins’ son and daughter-in-law) who invited several members (around 50) from their Lebanon Ward. Cheers were also coming from many family members including Ashley’s mom and grandparents, Haley’s parents and Morgan’s mom, aunt and cousin. Husband’s Travis Seaborn and Spencer Beeston were also among those that made the long trip from Utah to support the women’s team. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a thrilling, down to the wire victory by the Cougars!!! Sophomore Morgan Bailey recorded her first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Women's Basketball in Hanover, New Hampshire

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 4:39 pm | Updated: November 13, 2012 1:25 pm | Permalink

Hanover and Dartmouth

The team arrived in Boston Sunday evening. Our bus driver took us for a short drive to downtown Boston where everyone got to experience a wide variety of food choices. After dinner, it was back on the bus for about a 90-minute drive to Hanover, New Hampshire.

Monday began with a morning practice at Dartmouth. After a quick shower, lunch was in downtown Hanover at “Everything But Anchovies” – a local favorite for sandwiches, wraps and salads.

After lunch it was back on the bus for a short drive to Sharon, Vermont where we toured the Joseph Smith Birthplace Visitor’s Center. Everyone had the opportunity to walk around the grounds, take pictures, listened to a 15-minute presentation from Brother and Sister Fischer and then watched a short film on the importance of families.

Day 1 NCAA Women's Championship

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 9:42 pm | Permalink

The No. 10 seed BYU women’s basketball team began its run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Thursday.

The Cougars along with the band and Cougarettes departed from the Provo Airport, landing in Chicago that evening where two buses awaited their arrival for the short drive to the team hotel just a few miles away. Sandwiches and drinks were passed out to everyone.

On approach to the Chicago O’Hare airport they were able to see a beautiful view of the windy city and their team hotel. A lightning storm in the distance lit the sky as they landed.

Day Seven From Laie

Dec 04, 2011 - Posted by Norma Collett at 9:20 pm | Permalink

Day Seven – North Shore Oahu (Saturday, Dec. 3)

Saturday was the championship game of the Hukilau Invitational on the campus of BYU-Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii. Already having defeated Arizona and host BYUH, the Cougars faced Syracuse in the final “kalakaua” (battle) of the tournament.

Led by sophomore guard Kim Parker, who had 22 points, five rebounds and six assists, the Cougars cruised to an 83-59 victory over the Orange. For the fourth time in the past four seasons, BYU is the “mea lanakila” (champion) of the Hukilau Invitational. In four years the Cougars have yet to loose a game at the Cannon Activities Center.

After the tournament, coach Jeff Judkins summed up the week by saying, “I’m very proud of our team, especially how we played against two very tough teams in Arizona and Syracuse. We played hard, executed our game plan and I thought Kim Parker had a great week.”

In three games Parker scored a team high 64 points, had 15 assist, 14 rebounds and 5 steals.

After the game, Parker said, “I just like to shoot in this building. We had a great week here in Hawaii.”

The Cougars, who have now won six-straight games to improve to 7-2 on the season, return home Saturday night and get ready to play Southern Utah in Provo on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 pm MT. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio. For additional information go to http://byutv.org/schedule or http://www.byuradio.org/schedule/fullday/

Day Six from Hawaii

Dec 03, 2011 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:45 pm | Permalink

Day Six – North Shore Oahu (Friday, Dec. 2)

Friday was an off day for BYU as the Cougars prepare to take on Syracuse in the final game of the Hukilau Invitational on Saturday. Syracuse had its six-game winning streak snapped in an 80-74 loss to Arizona on Friday. The loss was the Orange’s (6-1) first of the season, while Arizona improved to (6-1).

Meanwhile, the Cougs began the day with a practice at BYU-Hawaii before heading to the leeward side of Oahu to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. One of the more popular attractions in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor included a number of exhibits, displays and memorials, honoring the 1,177 victims of the Japanese attack on the United States on Dec. 7, 1941, as well as those who served our country in World War II. It was a time for everyone to reflect on the blessings of freedom we enjoy in America.

Later, the group headed to the famous International Market Place in Honolulu for some shopping, followed by dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, always a team favorite.

Day Five from Laie, Hawaii

Dec 03, 2011 - Posted by Norma Collett at 3:37 pm | Permalink

Day Five – Game Day (Thursday, Dec. 1)

Day five in Hawaii began with a shoot-around at BYU-Hawaii as the Cougars prepared for a big game with Pac 12 foe Arizona. After a traditional island-style lunch from Hukilau Café and some rest, BYU returned to the Cannon Activities Center for game two of the Hukilau Invitational. Led by sophomore Kim Parker‘s career-high 25 points, the Cougars downed the Wildcats 82-73.

The crowd was pretty much all BYU as a bus load of BYU faithful in Hawaii for the football game on Saturday, came to support the women's team.

With the win coach Jeff Judkins is now 12-7 against Pac 12 teams and BYU improved to 6-2 on the season.

Other notables for the Cougars included a double-double from Kristen Riley (15 points, 12 rebounds) and double digit scoring from Jennifer Hamson (12) and Haley Steed (10). Parker, Steed and Riley all had six assists as well. With the loss Arizona falls to 5-1 on the year. The Wildcats were athletic and very quick especially at the guard position, but the Cougars countered with physical play led by Hamson who finished with four blocks and seven rebounds.

The Cougars look to continue their undefeated history in the Hukilau Invitational as they take on Syracuse Saturday in the finals. The game is set to tipoff at 1 p.m. HST.

To celebrate the big win many of the coaches and the student-athletes attended the dinner and night show at the Polinesian Cultral Center on Thursday evening.

Day Four From Hukilau Invitational

Dec 01, 2011 - Posted by Norma Collett at 11:31 am | Updated: December 1, 2011 11:35 am | Permalink

Day Four (Wednesday, Nov. 30)


Wednesday was an off day for the women’s basketball team which meant an early morning practice at the “old gym” on the BYU-Hawaii campus.

After practice and a quick change at the hotel, the Cougars headed to Haleiwa on the northwest side of Oahu for a short paddleboard and surf lesson. Then it was off to Kua’ Aina for burgers and fries as well as Matsumotos Grocery Store for its world famous shaved ice.

The team wrapped up day four in Hawaii with some film work and final preparations for its game versus Arizona on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 3:00 HT (6:00 pm MT). The game will be broadcast live on BYU Radio. Robbie Bullough will have the play-by-play. Click Here for additional radio information.

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