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Non-conference Check-in

Nov 04, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:57 am | Updated: November 4, 2013 3:05 pm | Permalink

For most of the NCAA's women's soccer teams, conference tournament time has begun. Here's how our non-conference opponents fared in their conference seasons and what they are looking at heading into the final week of the season.

Cal State Fullerton (8-6-5, 3-3-2) snuck into the Big West tournament even though they lost in their final game. The Titans enter as the fourth seed and take on No. 1 seed Cal Poly on Thursday in the semifinals at home.

No. 18 Nebraska (15-3-1, 10-1-0) won the Big Ten regular season championship, only losing to Michigan. The Huskers will face Minnesota in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Wednesday at the University of Illinois. Nebraska is projected to get a national seed barring something crazy happening.

LSU (9-8-2, 5-5-1) made it to the SEC tournament as a No. 7 seed and faces Auburn this afternoon at 3 p.m. MST.

Utah (9-4-6, 5-3-2) is currently fourth in the Pac-12 and plays Colorado this weekend to finish off their season. The Utes are a bubble team and a win or draw against Colorado would go a long way in securing them a spot in the NCAA tournament field.

Oregon (4-11-3, 1-7-0) sits at the bottom of the Pac-12 going into the final week of the season.

UC Irvine (11-6-0, 6-2-0) qualified as the No. 2 seed in the Big West and plays No. 3 UC Riverside on Thursday in the semifinals.

Oklahoma (4-13-1, 1-7-0) missed out on the Big 12 tournament.

Long Beach State (8-7-3, 2-3-3) missed out on the Big West tournament losing to UC Riverside on Saturday in what was essentially a play-in game.

No. 13 Denver (16-1-1, 7-0-0) swept through the Summit League, but still has to face Fort Wayne in the semifinals of the conference tournament on their home field. The Pioneers are projected to get a national seed if they can make it through the conference tournament undefeated.

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: After the Portland win

Nov 04, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:15 am | Permalink

Cloee Colohan returns with a peek into the team bus after BYU's 1-0 upset victory over then-No. 6 Portland. Check out the video here.

BYU takes the 99-68 victory against Alaska Anchorage

Nov 02, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:59 pm | Permalink

BYU hit a 21-point lead on a Kyle Collinsworth layup with 15:14 left to play. Up 56-35, Anson Winder’s trey and another Collinsworth jumper capped off a 13-0 Cougar run. Free throws by Skyler Halford took the BYU lead to 70-40.

Collinsworth scored 12 points before the midway point in the second half, adding to his 14-point game total.

Alaska Anchorage couldn’t shave the lead down to less than 25 points the remainder of the game. Josh Sharp pushed BYU to its largest lead of the game at 99-65 on a free throw with just over a minute to play. The Cougars ended with a 99-68 victory.

Four players reached double figures Saturday night. Matt Carlino and Eric Mika led with 17 points each, helped by Collinsworth’s 14 and 13 from Tyler Haws. Mika and Carlino both had double-doubles with 14 rebounds and 11 rebounds, respectively.

BYU leads Alaska Anchorage 44-30 at halftime

Nov 02, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 7:56 pm | Permalink

BYU trailed 10-4 early in the first half. Matt Carlino tied the score at 12 with 14:10 to go in the half and took the Cougars’ first lead on a jumper moments later, part of a 10-2 BYU run. Skyler Halford took the Cougars to a double-digit lead, 27-17, with a 3-pointer off a Frank Bartley assist with 7:46 on the clock.

An 11-0 run took BYU to a 33-17 lead before Alaska Anchorage fired off eight quick points to cut the deficit to 33-25. The Cougars finished off the half with a 44-30 lead.

Carlino led the Cougars with 12 points in the first half. Freshman Eric Mika was also in double figures by halftime with 10 points. Both led the team in rebounding with seven apiece.

BYU had 30 points in the paint, shooting 46.3 percent from the field and only 14.3 percent from 3-point land in the first period. The Cougars held Alaska Anchorage to 30.3 percent shooting and 18.8 percent from beyond the arc. They also led in rebounds 30-11.

BYUtv's True Blue features Ashley Hatch

Nov 01, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:55 pm | Permalink

Watch BYUtv's feature on Ashley Hatch from this past week. Hatch scored the game winner against No. 6 Portland a week ago and assisted on Marissa Nimmer's game winner against San Diego on Friday night at South Field.

The freshman forward from Gilbert, Ariz., has four goals and five assists so far this season.

Jorgensen, Falslev having surgery

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by at 4:54 pm | Updated: October 31, 2013 6:08 pm | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Austen Jorgensen will miss the rest of the year and senior receiver/return specialist JD Falslev will be out 3-4 weeks due to planned surgeries. 

A 6-foot-2, 232-pound middle linebacker from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Jorgensen will have season-ending surgery next week to repair cartilage damage to his knee. He totaled a career-best 47 tackles in BYU's eight games this season, including three starts. For his career, Jorgensen played in 45 games while making 108 tackles, including 55 solo takedowns and one sack. 

Falslev had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured hand. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound captain has played in all eight games with three starts this year while totaling 227 receiving yards on 24 catches. BYU's primary punt returner, Falslev also averages 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee. 

Anson Winder contributes to team identity

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:13 pm | Permalink
Team talent, speed, toughness and personality sometimes vary from season to season, especially with seven newcomers.
 
"There's a lot of personality with this group," coach Dave Rose said at media day. "I think that they're extremely energetic and passionate."
 
Besides the new faces, BYU returns five players from last year including redshirt junior Anson Winder. He returns improved and ready to contribute on a different-looking BYU squad.
 
"I think I'm shooting the ball better," Winder said. "I try to maximize each possession."
 
Winder sank 3 of 5 from behind the arc in the exhibition game against Colorado College. The Cougars look to improve upon their 2012-13 3-point shooting percentage of 33.8.
 
BYU was also picked to finish second in the West Coast and are slated to play a challenging schedule.
 
"I'm excited for all the top teams," Winder said. "Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and Iowa State are all pretty good. We play Stanford. We have Texas, and if we beat them, we could play Wichita State. Those are all big games that I'm excited for."
 
Along with preparing to make a run toward the NCAA tournament, the Cougars are busy building unity. 
 
"Chase Fischer and Matt Carlino are probably two of the weirdest guys you might run across," Winder laughed. "Those two are definitely characters."
 
Winder might also be a character in his own right since he is seen dancing the the background of the most recent BYU basketball lip-sync video.
 
In its second exhibition game, BYU hosts Alaska Anchorage Saturday at 7 p.m. MDT at the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
 
"I'm excited for our team," Winder added. "I think we have a lot of good guys this year."
 
 
 
 

Hunt and Owens receive weekly awards after Portland and Gonzaga wins

Oct 30, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 12:59 pm | Updated: October 30, 2013 1:11 pm | Permalink

Sophomore defender Paige Hunt and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens were given weekly awards by two different websites this week after the No. 20 BYU women's soccer team defeated Gonzaga and then-No. 6 Portland 1-0 last week.

Hunt was named a Primetime Performer by collegesoccer360.com for her defensive effort and her assist on the game winning goal against Portland.

Owens was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week by collegesportsmadness.com for recording two shutouts last week.

As a defense, the Cougars have recorded four straight shutouts and have eight this season. They take on San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. at South Field. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

New record book for BYU basketball

Oct 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:30 pm | Permalink

Throughout the last several years, the BYU Athletic Communications staff has collected as many men's basketball stats as possible and put them into a database. From that data comes the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book, 40-pages of records and stats for your enjoyment.

Want a list of every game in which BYU has scored 100 points and the team's record in those games? Check page 39. Or maybe you want to know who holds the freshman single-game scoring record? Check page 17. Dying to see a list of every time a player scored 30-plus points? It's on page 14. What about the record for most games with 10 assists in a season? Try page 10.

With the 2013-14 season set to begin in 10 days, we hope the BYU Men's Basketball Record Book will add to your enjoyment of following the Cougars.

Davies signs with the Sixers

Oct 28, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:51 pm | Updated: October 28, 2013 5:04 pm | Permalink

Earlier this morning, former BYU forward Brandon Davies posted the photo below on Instagram and included the following ' "When one door closes, another opens.." #76ers #20 #BLESSED.' If you haven't figured it out by now, Davies has officially signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Davies was born in Philadelphia but was adopted just days after birth and was raised in Provo by his mother, Kathy.

While details related to the contract have not been made available, Davies may have a chance to compete for minutes as soon as Wednesday, when Philadelphia opens the regular season against the defending NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. Davies had been a member of the LA Clippers until Oct. 21. He played with the Clippers during the summer and the preseason.

Davies

"I'm extrememly excited and just thankful for the opportunity."

"Coach is looking for guys who are going to come every day and work hard and bring that good attitude and help drive other people to get better. I do that myself and I think Coach sees that in me. I think I have an opportunity to help the guys around me get better as well."

"It's a great opportunity. That's going to be part of us getting better as a team, with guys competing for minutes. As the season goes on we're only going to get better."

Brown

"Good pick up. Smart, young player who wants to get better. Physical, competitive side to him. Excellent passer. Worth reaching out to and bringing in to the program and giving minutes and seeing what we might be able to uncover."

Tweets from Philadelphia after Davies signed.