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Getting to Know: Mackenzie Douglas and Savanna Maradiaga

Feb 08, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:34 pm | Updated: February 8, 2017 2:40 pm | Permalink

Mackenzie Douglas, junior

What is your favorite movie?
“The Polar Express.”

What is the biggest disaster you have ever averted?
Almost not adopting my two cats.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Haiti.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
Silence (no noise!) I hate music, except Christmas music.

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

What are you secretly good at?
Decorating for the holidays. 


Savanna Maradiaga, sophomore 

What is your favorite movie?
“A Knight’s Tale.”

What is your favorite app?
Pinterest.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
Snacks and old time rock.

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

What are you secretly good at?
Chugging…water.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Nicaragua.

Cougars down Pilots 73-62

Feb 04, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:04 pm | Updated: February 4, 2017 9:10 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs scored on BYU's first possession out of halftime. TJ Haws then hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor to cut Portland's lead to one, 34-33. BYU then went on a 5-0 run to take the 38-34 lead. 

Assisted by Nick Emery, Eric Mika finished the 3-point play to give the Cougars the 46-39 lead with 12:33 on the clock. The Pilots then went on a 9-1 run, retaking the lead 48-47. Portland extended its lead to five, 56-51. With 4:28 to go, Davin Guinn hit a trey to bring the Cougars within three, 61-58. Mika then hit three straight free throws to tie the game at 61-all. BYU then scored four quick points fueled by two big defensive stops.

The Cougars finished the game outscoring the Pilots 12-1. Mika finished the game with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Childs also ended the contest with a double-double, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Pilots lead Cougars 34-28 at halftime break

Feb 04, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:52 pm | Updated: February 4, 2017 7:55 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets through the first four minutes of the contest with the game tied at 8-all before the first media timeout. Eric Mika scored six of the Cougars' eight points. Portland then outscored BYU 14-6, making the score 22-14 with 8:14 to go in the half. 

On a pass from Elijah Bryant, L.J. Rose converted the 3-point play to bring the Cougars within five, 28-23. A Yoeli Childs bucket at the buzzer cut the Portland lead to six 34-28.

Mika led the Cougars with nine points and four rebounds, while Childs also recorded nine first half points along with four rebounds. 

Cougars fall to Bulldogs 85-75

Feb 02, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 11:14 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 11:16 pm | Permalink

TJ Haws scored the Cougars' first bucket out of break, giving him eight points for the game. At the 17:38 mark, Eric Mika finished a jumper in the lane. Nick Emery then picked off a pass and found Haws upcourt for the fast-break trey. With the 3-point field goal, BYU cut the Gonzaga lead to 12, 45-33, forcing a Bulldog timeout. 

With 16:06 to go, Mika sank two free throws, bringing the Cougars within eight, 45-37. The Zags then went on an 11-3 run, increasing their lead to 16. Davin Guinn scored a quick five points to again put the Cougars within 13, 58-45, with 12 minutes to go. Teams then traded baskets until the eight minute mark, before Haws hit two back-to-back 3-pointers to bring BYU within eight points, 66-58. 

Elijah Bryant converted the three-point play at the 4:49 mark, bringing BYU again within eight. Gonzaga then went up 11, before BYU brought it within six with under two minutes to play. With free throws, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 10 before the final buzzer sounded. 

Cougars trail Zags 42-26 after first half action

Feb 02, 2017 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 9:56 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 10:02 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs gave BYU its first two points of the contest after a 4-0 Gonzaga start. Elijah Bryant hit a trey at the 14:54 mark to put the Cougars within one, 9-8. The Zags then went on a 11-2 run backed by two 3-pointers by Josh Perkins. Gonzaga extended its lead to 17, 29-12, as Nigel Williams-Goss sank a pair of three throws. 

BYU cut the lead to 14, 34-20, as Eric Mika converted the three-point play. His spin move and contested finish gave him six points for the game with 5:06 to go in the first half. Gonzaga then extended its lead to 19, 40-21, with 1:29 to go in the half. The Cougars cut into the Zags' advantage, 42-26, going into the break, down 16.

Now Batting: Rylee Jensen

Feb 01, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:03 pm | Updated: February 2, 2017 3:09 pm | Permalink

Each Wednesday until the season opener on Feb. 9, one of five new players on this year's softball roster will be featured on the blog. Check back every Wednesday to meet the newcomers.


Rylee Jensen
Freshman outfielder

Why did you come to BYU?
I came to BYU to further my education at a school that matches my standards and values. And the campus is super pretty, so that’s a plus.

When did you start playing softball?
I played baseball until my freshman year in high school, and then I switched to softball.

Who do you look up to the most?
The people I look up to the most are my parents. They are my role models and I hope to be like them when I grow up.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I’m very superstitious. I listen to the same pregame playlist to pump me up. I’ve done that since I can remember.

What is your favorite sport besides softball?
Definitely basketball. I love watching and playing it, and I miss it a lot.

What is your favorite softball memory?
During my senior year of high school I hit four home runs in one game. It was pretty cool.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d probably travel to Europe. I’ve never been there and it looks like an awesome place to tour.

What is one thing few people know about you?
Something that not many people know about me is that I grew up on a potato farm. Stereotypical Idaho girl, I know. I can also juggle, sometimes depending on the day.

When you’re not playing softball, what are you doing?
I like the outdoors, like camping, boating, fishing, riding four wheelers, etc. If I’m not playing softball or studying for school, that’s probably what I’m doing.

What is the most embarrassing song on your phone?
Probably either “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus or “Fergalicious” by Fergie. Those are my jams.

What is your dream job?
Probably to be a physical therapist. I just think that kind of stuff is super cool.

What is your favorite thing about BYU?
My favorite thing would have to be either my teammates and friends, the beautiful campus or all of the free food we get.

Getting to Know: Macie Miller

Feb 01, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:47 pm | Updated: February 1, 2017 1:58 pm | Permalink

Macie Miller, freshman

What is your favorite movie?
“The Notebook.”

What is the biggest disaster you’ve ever averted?
Almost cutting off my thumb.

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

What are you secretly good at?
Sign language.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
The Squirrel Song.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Costa Rica.

BYU tops LMU 85-77

Jan 28, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:23 pm | Updated: January 28, 2017 9:27 pm | Permalink

Freshman TJ Haws opened the second half scoring two 3-pointers within a minute of each other, putting the Cougars up 49-44 over LMU. Haws hit his third 3-pointer of the night and gave BYU an eight-point lead, 59-51, with 15:11 on the clock. Tonight was Haws’ 11th game with three-plus 3-pointers, the second most by a BYU freshman. 

The Cougars extended their lead to double digits on a 14-3 run, earning a 70-54 advantage over the Lions with 8:29 left in the game. LMU battled back within six points, 73-67, but BYU kept its cool and the lead for the remainder of the game. The Cougars pulled away, earning a 85-77 victory.

Eric Mika led all BYU scorers with 27 points, including 16 second-half points, in his 12th 20-point game of the season. He also tied his career-high four blocks and pulled down nine boards. Haws and Nick Emery added 19 and 11 points, respectively. Yoeli Childs scored 10 points in his seventh double-figure game of the season and Elijah Bryant recorded a career-high eight rebounds. The Cougars shot 53 percent on the night. 

Cougars by three over Lions at half, 43-40

Jan 28, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 8:05 pm | Updated: January 28, 2017 8:08 pm | Permalink

BYU took a 5-0 lead to start the game and made its first seven field goal attempts. The Cougars and Lions traded buckets en route to a 13-13 tie with 16:27 on the clock before BYU built a second five-point lead, 21-16, midway through the first half. 

A 3-pointer from Nick Emery followed by an Eric Mika dunk extended the Cougars’ lead to eight points, 26-18, with 10:25 left in the half. A pair of free throws from freshman Steven Beo made it a 10-point game, 30-20, but LMU fought back to close the gap. The Lions tied the game 34-34 with five minutes left in the half. 

Trips to the charity stripe from Mika and TJ Haws and Elijah Bryant’s jumper put BYU up, 39-34, with three and a half minutes on the clock. A layup from LMU with 50 seconds left gave the Lions a one-point advantage, 40-39, but the Cougars scored four unanswered points to lead 43-40 at halftime.

Mika led the Cougars with 11 points, followed by Emery’s 10 and Haws’ seven. BYU shot 52 percent from the field and out-rebounded LMU 18 to 16. 

Thompson, Sugg recognized in Fastpitch News preseason lists

Jan 27, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:37 am | Updated: January 27, 2017 11:00 am | Permalink

Ashley Thompson and Libby Sugg were both recognized on a few 2017 preseason articles by Fastpitch News.

Senior first baseman Thompson was named to the FPN 2017 Preseason Top 50 NCAA Softball Hitters list, coming in at No. 36.

The ranking was derived from numerous statistics to formulate a total score, with strength of schedule also taken into account.

Thompson had a strong season at the plate in 2016. She led the team in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.733), on-base percentage (.490), hits (66), runs (44) and doubles (12). Her 49 RBI and 13 home runs were second on the team. During the season, she reached a 30-game reached-base streak, the second longest in BYU history.

At the top of the rankings is senior Kasey Cooper from Auburn, a team BYU plays to cap off its first tournament in Puerto Vallarta. For the complete list, check out the release.

In addition to Thompson’s recognition, Sugg was listed as one of FPN’s 10 NCAA sophomores to watch in 2017.

The catcher from Tennessee led the Cougars in RBI (58) and home runs (18). Throughout the season, Sugg was in the top 25 in the NCAA for home runs and home runs per game. She was second on the team in slugging percentage (.724) and on-base percentage (.446).

BYU will face a couple other sophomores on the list, including Washington’s Taran Alevlo and Texas A&M’s Samantha Show. See the complete list here.