BYU Athletics Blog

New Track and Field Commit: Lauren Ellsworth

Dec 15, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:10 pm | Updated: December 15, 2014 3:23 pm | Permalink

At what point did you realize you could run in college?

“The first time I knew I could run in college was the end of my freshmen year. I had an unexpected finish to the year and I knew when it was over that I could only get better.”

What was the recruiting process like?

“It was a long process. I had certain criteria that I wanted the schools to fit. As each school didn’t fit it, I would cross them off. I basically narrowed it down to two schools. I went on a couple official visits and afterwards knew where I wanted to go.”

What were some of the criteria?

“I wanted to do both running and nursing. The coach was definitely important. I really liked Coach Shane and Coach Eyestone. They were definitely factors in my decision.”

What stood out at BYU?

“The team stood out to me. There wasn’t any drama, they were all pretty close. They were nice and they are good. You could tell that most of them liked each other.”

What is your best event?

“The 800-meters.” – Her time of 2:07.61 in the 800-meters last season ranked among the top-10 times in the nation.

Ellsworth is a senior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She will join the team in the fall of 2015. 

Get to know Mary Christensen, new BYU commit

Dec 12, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:47 pm | Updated: December 12, 2014 3:57 pm | Permalink

At what point did you realize you could run in college?

“It was my junior year. That was the breakout year for me. Since my sophomore year I was the top runner on the team, but in my junior year when I started placing higher, I started to realize I was better than I thought I was. Then I started getting letters from college coaches.”

What was your recruiting process like?

“I talked with most schools in the state. I didn’t really want to go out of state. It was just different when I toured BYU. It was really nice.”

“I came down to BYU at the beginning of November near the signing period and I toured the athletic facilities as well as the school.”

Why did you choose BYU?

“I just really liked the atmosphere. I liked the girls and how they all got along. I really like the coaching staff. They were really nice, and they seemed to really understand the girls. I really liked the facilities. They were very nice and looked like they could take care of an athlete.”

What stood out about the school?

“BYU didn’t seem like the best option for me until I toured there. I really liked the spirituality of the school and how everything ties together with that. That was really important to me.”

What is your best event?

“I would like to think my best event is the 1600 meters.”

What is your strength as a runner?

“I think I’m really good at pacing myself, and at the end I usually have a pretty good kick too.”

What are your goals for your final year of high school track?

“I really want to break a five-minute mile and 11-minute two-mile and just get my times down from there.”

 

Mary is a senior at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah. She plans to join BYU’s team in the summer of 2015.

Women's volleyball prepares for battle with No. 6 Florida State

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:34 pm | Updated: December 11, 2014 9:36 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began their first full day in Seattle by studying for finals and viewing film on their opponent. The Cougars then headed over to Alaska Airlines Arena for a press conference and practice. Coach Shawn Olmstead, junior outside hitter Alexa Gray and senior opposite Jennifer Hamson addressed the media and fielded questions. Following practice and a team activity, the Cougars returned to the hotel to continue school studies. BYU hits the floor Friday at 4 p.m. PST against Florida State with the winner advancing to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament against either No. 3 Washington or No. 14 Nebraska.

Tyler Haws Weekly Record Roundup

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 12:43 pm | Updated: December 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Permalink

Senior guard Tyler Haws continues his move up the record books. This week he moved into the top 10 in 3-pointers made, minutes played and games started at BYU. He passed Anthony Ireland on the West Coast Conference career scoring list for all games. Haws also set the WCC record for made free throws in a career and continues to add to it. He's also now top five nationally in five offensive categories and is top 25 in seven categories.

BYU Career Scoring List

Haws trails only four players on BYU's career scoring list:

Player Points to
4. Devin Durrant 128
3. Michael Smith 162
2. Danny Ainge 310
1. Jimmer Fredette 442

WCC Career Overall Scoring List

Haws is now fourth on the WCC career scoring list for all games after he passed Anthony Ireland on Wednesday night. His total includes points scored during his freshman season in the Mountain West:

Player Points to
3. Terrell Lowery 14
2. Kevin Foster 236
1. Hank Gathers 356

National Rankings

Haws currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in seven offensive categories:

  • 1st in total points
  • 1st in field goals made
  • 3rd in free throws made
  • 3rd in points per game
  • 3rd in field goal attempts
  • 8th in free throw attempts
  • 21st in free-throw percentage

Watch Lists

Haws was named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List and to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. His offensive production compares favorably with the 49 others on both lists. Haws is:

  • 1st in points per game with 24.3 (2nd most is Nebraska's Terran Petteway at 20.6)
  • 1st in totals points with 243 (2nd is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant with 190)
  • 1st in free throws made with 65 (2nd most is Harvard's Wesley Saunders at 48)
  • 1st in free throw attempts with 71 (2nd most is Harvard's Wesley Saunders at 58)
  • 1st in field goals made with 78 (2nd most is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant at 68)
  • 1st in field goal attempts with 157 (2nd most is Georgia State's RJ Hunter at 130)
  • 5th in free-throw percentage with 91.5 percent (trails Stanford's Chasson Randle, SMU's Nic Moore, Oregon's Joseph Young and Iowa State's Georges Niang, though Haws has 30 more attempts than the next closest of the four)

Head-to-Head

Haws has now faced two other Wooden/Naismith watch list candidates with three more such games left on the schedule.

San Diego State 92, BYU 87, 2OT Nov. 24, 2014 at Maui Invitational

Winston Shepard (Naismith Trophy Watch List) and Tyler Haws (Naismith and Wooden Award lists):

Utah 65, BYU 61 Dec. 10, 2014 at the Marriott Center

Delon Wright (Naismith and Award lists) and Tyler Haws (Naismith and Wooden lists)

BYU vs. Stanford Dec. 20 (Chasson Randle)

BYU vs. Gonzaga Dec. 27 and Feb. 28 (Kevin Pangos)

 

BYU falls to No. 13 Utah 65-61

Dec 10, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:19 pm | Permalink

The two teams started off the second half trading buckets. Chase Fischer made a 3-pointer to put BYU up 38-34. Utah responded by going on a 10-0 run to take the 44-38 lead with 16:05 left in the game.

Tyler Haws nailed a shot beyond the arc to get within three, but the Utes answered back with a three of their own to take the 52-42 lead with 11:30 remaining.

Kyle Collinsworth and Haws both made layups to keep the Cougars within striking range despite the Utes’ lead, but two treys and a layup from Anson Winder energized the crowd, making the score 61-57 with 3:27 left with Utah leading.

With 1:27 remaining, Collinsworth made a putback off of a miss, putting BYU within three points. However, late free throws sealed the deal for Utah. The Utes won 65-61. Haws led all scorers with 23 points.

BYU leads Utah 31-30 at the half

Dec 10, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:01 pm | Permalink

The game started off with a big block from Josh Sharp that led to Tyler Haws’ first jumper of the night and BYU’s first points. Utah answered back quickly, going on a 7-0 run to lead 7-2 with 17:11 left in the first half.

The Utes pushed ahead, but a tag-team block from Corbin Kaufusi and Haws gave the Cougars the possession and Haws made a jumper to make it 19-11 with 10:45 remaining in the half. Utah answered back with a quick 5-0 run. Skyler Halford got a steal and broke away for a layup, which put BYU down 24-15 with 9:26 left.

BYU went on a six-minute, 14-0 run that included back-to-back dunks and a three from Kyle Collinsworth along with two 3-pointers from Haws go up 31-28 with 33 seconds left. The Utes closed out the first half with two made free throws to make the halftime score 31-30 with the Cougars leading.

Haws and Collinsworth led all scorers in the first half with 12 and 11 points respectively. Halford had three steals and two assists off the bench.

Quotes on the Utah-BYU rivalry game from coach Rose, Haws and Collinsworth

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 5:44 pm | Updated: December 10, 2014 12:15 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose along with senior guard Tyler Haws and junior guard Kyle Collinsworth talked with the media before on Tuesday to preview Wednesday's Deseret Duel rivalry game with Utah. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. MST. Quotes from coach Rose, Haws and Collinsworth follow.

BYU head coach Dave Rose

What sticks out about Utah's team:

"Their numbers are really good: their shooting percentages from two, from three, the rebounding numbers. They have a deep rotation. They've got a lot of guys that come in and play in their system. They've got (Delon) Wright, (Brandon) Taylor and (Jakob) Poeltl all three of those guys are really good offensive players and they have good shooters to go with them. 

"It's a complete team. They have good size, good depth and they have a real purpose in how they play."

Excitement for the game:

"It's one of those situations where we have a good opportunity to have a nationally-ranked team come in our building. Those are always great nights and great days when you're preparing for that and then you add the fact that its one of your in-state rival teams, so there should be a lot of energy in the (Marriott Center) tomorrow."

Utah's program:

"I always felt, especially on the recruiting trail and outside of the actual game itself, that the Utah basketball program was someone that was really seriously hard to deal with when you get into those battles. They have so much tradition and they've had so much success, it's always going to be a struggle to try and compete with them and we had a nice little run there on the floor and it helped us a lot in some of those off-the-court wars."

Keys to winning:

"Rebounding is a huge key. They're very, very good. Their fours and fives are very good offensive rebounders. We'll have to do a good job trying to keep them away from the glass." 

"The pace of play will be an issue and hopefully we can get up and down a little bit. Transition will be a big part of this thing. As will, being able to control their point guard, he's a guy who can take over games and hopefully we can find a way to keep him under control."

Kyle Collinsworth

The rivalry:

"The great thing about this game is it's about the fans. We get so many fans from both teams and it's just (a great) atmosphere."

Key to winning:

"I think we just have to play our game and that's the biggest thing. Just play our game, play at our tempo, do what we normally do and use the crowd and the energy to our advantage."

Tyler Haws

The rivalry:

"I'm excited there's going to be a lot of emotion, lots of fans, high energy and both teams want to win, so it's going to be fun."

On a sellout:

"There's nothing like when the Marriott Center is full. I think it's one of the best, if not the best in the country when it gets rocking. I've loved every second of it when the fans are right there, it almost feels like a sixth man on our team at times."

Tyler Haws: Man on a Mission

Dec 08, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:26 pm | Updated: December 8, 2014 3:28 pm | Permalink

On Friday, NCAA.com posted a video feature on BYU senior guard Tyler Haws and his mission in the Philippines and his successful return to basketball at BYU. The five-minute feature includes interviews with Tyler, BYU head coach Dave Rose and Tyler's father and BYU alum Marty Haws.

Watch the video on NCAA.com.

Collinsworth leads BYU to 90-70 win over Hawaii

Dec 06, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:03 pm | Updated: December 6, 2014 6:25 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth’s triple-double led BYU to a 90-70 victory over Hawaii. Collinsworth had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Cougars started off the second half with a 3-pointer from Tyler Haws to make it 40-32. Chase Fischer then went on a 6-0 run with a three then a layup and the foul shot to put BYU up 50-38 with 15:32 left in the game.

BYU turned the ball over four times in a row to help Hawaii go on an 8-0 run to make it 54-48 with 11:36 remaining. A trey and two free throws from Fischer made it 59-52.

The Cougars made nine free throws in a row to push the lead to 66-54 with 7:22 left in the game. BYU shot 23 of 27 from the charity stripe on the day.

Led by Collinsworth’s dunk, the Cougars had a 7-0 run near the end of the second half. Anson Winder made a shot from beyond the arc to make it 80-62 with 3:09 remaining in the second half.

BYU leads Hawaii 37-30 at the half

Dec 06, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 4:54 pm | Permalink

Hawaii opened up the game on a 7-0 run, forcing BYU to call a timeout with 17:23 left in the first half.

The Cougars answered back with its own run. Tyler Haws got two straight buckets and Kyle Collinsworth threw it down to get within one. Collinsworth found Winder at the other end of the court and threw it to him for two quick points and the 8-7 lead for BYU with 15:55 left in the first half.

A couple of threes from Chase Fischer and Haws kept the Cougars’ offense rolling, but the Warriors fought back. Three treys in a row put Hawaii up 24-16 with 7:14 remaining in the half.

The Cougars took back the lead after a 13-0 run made up of a steal and layup by Corbin Kaufusi and seven of the 13 points from Collinsworth, including a 3-pointer. With 2:56 left in the half, BYU led 30-26 after an offensive rebound and putback from Collinsworth.

BYU finished off the first half with a 7-0 run sparked by a three from Fischer. The Cougars led the Warriors 37-30 at the half.