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NCAA All-Access with Cloee: Rockwood's 300th win

Oct 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:59 am | Permalink

Check out NCAA.com All-Access with Cloee Colohan as the players and administration talk about BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood's 300th win.

Inside the WCC honors coach Rockwood's 300th victory

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:02 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood was part of Inside the WCC this week thanks to her 300th career victory last Thursday against San Francisco. Watch the video below.

Several Cougars make top 100 ranking

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:59 pm | Permalink

TopDrawerSoccer.com put out its top 100 player rankings on Thursday and four players made the list. The top 100 players include senior midfielder Cloee Colohan at No. 55 and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens at No. 89. On the freshmen top 100, forward Ashley Hatch came in at No. 82 and defender Ella Johnson came in at No. 93. In the conference rankings, Colohan was ranked the fifth best player in the West Coast Conference. Owens was 10th in the conference but was the best goalkeeper. 

Frank Bartley I(s)V(ersatile)

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:43 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 10:27 pm | Permalink

Freshman Frank Bartley IV is listed as a guard on the roster, but the clue to where he'll play is better found in his name rather than the position column. Bartley has seen time at both guard spots, as well as the small and power forward positions in practice recently. Four different spots, four different responsibilities and differing skills required for each spot.

"I'm pretty versatile," Bartley said, "so I can play multiple positions. I guess coach recognizes that, so he's trying to get me on the court."

Bartley is listed at 6-foot-3, 200, and played in high school as a combo guard. It wasn't until last year at Future College Prep in California that Bartley moved out of the backcourt. He averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block over a 65 game season in prep school.

"I've always been called a combo guard," Bartley said. "Since prep school last year, I've been playing multiple positions. I learned to play and be good at it, so now I just play everything."

The Cougars roster has big guys who can run, lengthy guys who can handle the ball and plenty of players who can play multiple positions. Adding someone else to the mix only deepens what head coach Dave Rose can do and how many different lineups he can throw at teams.

"I think Frank is a guy who brings us a lot of different looks," Rose said. "He's not just a knock-down 3-point shooter, but he's a really versatile player on the perimeter and physically he's really strong. We'll try to play different lineups and create match-ups and opportunities."

At the moment, Bartley likes the time he's getting at the four. If Bartley can handle the opposing team's power forward, a four-guard lineup might be an exciting combination on the floor. His defense may be the determining factor, but he's confident he can handle it.

"I feel like I'm a mismatch on offense," Bartley said. "I can guard the four better. It's just staying strong defensively. I know I can guard bigger players. I'm not the biggest obviously, but I just keep fighting and do everything I can."

The tenacity he brings on defense is some reflection of who he likes to watch play. Bartley said his favorite player is Russell Westbrook because he's so explosive and strong. Westbrook is "strong-minded and nobody can get him out of his game," Bartley said. The effort he feels like is necessary to play defense down low is all part of staying on the court and getting on the court as much as possible. 

"We know what we have to do," Bartley said. "It's just you get it or you don't, you watch film or you don't and coach is going to put who knows it out on the court."

That's another reason he's happy to be playing four different positions.

"I actually like playing most of them because it's more playing time for me," Bartley said cracking a smile.

Bartley will be participating in the dunk contest in Friday's Boom Shakalaka and can't wait for his taste of a Marriott Center crowd next week in the Cougar Tipoff.

"I've never been to a BYU basketball game," Bartley said. "I've heard it's crazy."

Cougars make 50th appearance in NFL Stadium

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 12:58 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 7:14 pm | Permalink

BYU football’s game against Houston on Saturday will mark the 50th time the Cougars have played in a current or former NFL stadium.

This game marks the first time BYU plays at Reliant Stadium and the third time the Cougars have played in Houston, playing at Rice Stadium in 1979 against Texas A&M and in 1997 against Rice.

A fan would have to travel back to 1976 for the first game the Cougars played in a NFL stadium when BYU beat San Diego State 8-0 in San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium). In the 37 seasons since then, the Cougars have played in an NFL stadium in all but nine seasons.

BYU has a 27-20-2 record in the previous 49 games in one of thsoe stadiums. The two ties come from the same season (1991) when the Cougars tied Iowa (13-13) and San Diego State (52-52) in Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm). The best win streak for BYU took place from 1983-1985 when the team won five straight games.

The highest score the Cougars registered happened in 1979 against San Diego State when they won 63-24. The largest margin of victory for BYU happened in 2009 at the Louisiana Superdome, when the Cougars beat Tulane by 51 points, winning 54-3. The highest ranked opponent BYU was #3 Oklahoma (14-13) in Cowboys Stadium in 2009.

States played in: California, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee

Most Appearances: Qualcomm Stadium, 27 times

Future Games

  • 2016, FedEx Field - West Virginia
  • 2016, University of Pheonix Stadium - Arizona
  • 2021, The Coliseum - USC
Year Stadium Opponent Result
1976 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Deigo State W, 8-0
1978 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Navy L, 23-16
1979 Rice Stadium Texas A&M W, 18-17
1979 Anaheim Stadium Long Beach State W, 31-17
1979 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 63-24
1979 San Diego Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Indiana L, 38-37
1980 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) SMU W, 46-45
1981 Anaheim Stadium Long Beach State W, 31-8
1981 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 27-7
1981 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Washington State W, 38-36
1982 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Ohio State L, 47-17
1983 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 47-12
1983 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Missouri W, 21-17
1984 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Michigan W, 24-17
1985 Giants Stadium Boston College W, 28-14
1985 Veterans Stadium Temple W, 26-24
1986 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State L, 10-3
1986 Anaheim Stadium UCLA  L, 31-10
1988 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State L, 27-15
1988 Orange Bowl Stadium* Miami L, 41-17
1988 Anaheim Stadium Colorado W, 20-17
1989 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 48-17
1989 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Penn State L, 50-39
1990 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Texas A&M L, 65-14
1991 Anaheim Stadium Florida State L, 44-28
1991 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State T, 52-52
1991 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Iowa T, 13-13
1993 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) San Diego State W, 45-44
1993 Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm Stadium) Ohio State L, 28-21
1995 Sun Devil Stadium Arizona State L, 29-21
1996 Cotton Bowl* Kansas State W, 19-15
1997 Sun Devil Stadium Arizona State W, 13-10
1997 Rice Stadium Rice L, 27-14
1997 Cotton Bowl* SMU W, 19-16
1998 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium* Tulane L, 41-27
1999 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 34-10
1999 Pontiac Silverdome Marshall L, 21-3
2000 Alltel Stadium Florida State L, 29-3
2001 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 59-21
2001 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium* Louisville L, 28-10
2003 Los Angeles Memorial Stadium* USC L, 35-18
2003 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 44-36
2005 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State L, 31-10
2007 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 48-27
2009 Cowboys Stadium Oklahoma W, 14-13
2009 Louisiana Superdome Tulane W, 54-3
2009 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 38-28
2011 Cowboys Stadium TCU L, 38-28
2012 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego State W, 23-6
2013 Reliant Stadium Houston  

*Former NFL stadium

Boom Shakalaka: Noah Hartsock, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:02 pm | Permalink

We have announced 2013 Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell, former Cougars Mike Hall and Travis Hansen and Studio C star Jason Gray as Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest judges.

Today we're excited to announce our fifth and final judge, Noah Hartsock.

Hartsock played for BYU from 2008 to 2012 and averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. He finished his career tied for second all-time in program history with 177 blocks and also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with 1,191 career points. As a starter in 2010-11, Hartsock helped lead BYU to the Sweet 16. As an All-WCC performer in 2011-12, he led BYU to 26 wins, including the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history.

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Michele Fellows Lewis inducted to Utah Sports Hall of Fame

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:32 am | Permalink

Former BYU women’s volleyball player Michele Fellows Lewis was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Lewis was inducted alongside former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, Ron McBride, Billy Casper and Marv Fleming. Her induction comes a year after her husband, Chad Lewis, was inducted for his BYU football career. She was previously inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2003.

Over her four-year career at BYU, Lewis helped lead the women’s volleyball team to heights it had never before reached. During her last three years at BYU, Lewis led the Cougars to an 84-12 record, two WAC Championships and their first NCAA Final Four appearance.

Before coming to BYU, she was the captain of the 1989 and 1990 National Junior Olympic Champion Nevada Gold Team. She also helped lead Bonanza High to the 1987 Nevada State Championship and was selected first-team high school All-American by Volleyball Monthly.

Lewis played in 13 games as a freshman and continued to excel as a sophomore. That year she was named WAC Player of the Week for Oct. 14-19. She was also named Academic All-WAC, Cougar Club Academic Athlete, All-WAC second team and AVCA first team All-West. She led the Cougars in hitting percentage (.268) and aces (36), was second in kills (411) and was third in digs (339).

As a junior, Lewis continued to dominate, being named All-WAC first team, All-America second team by AVCA and honorable mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly. She was named AVCA first team All-West, Academic All-WAC and a Cougar Club Academic Athlete for the second year in a row. She also led BYU in hitting percentage again.

That season, Lewis led the Cougars to a 29-4 record, with all four losses coming against teams that made the Final Four.

As a senior, Lewis helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance, the first by any WAC school. At the Final Four honors banquet, she was selected to speak on behalf of the All-Americans. Although BYU lost to Penn State, the season was one of the best in BYU women’s volleyball history.

Lewis won WAC Player of the Year honors that year, and was named All-WAC first team and All-America first team by the AVCA and Volleyball Monthly. She was also named AVCA first team for the third year in a row. She finished the season third in kills per game (3.94), fifth in career kills (1185) and seventh in career block assists (272).

Boom Shakalaka: Women's team participants announced

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:57 pm | Updated: October 17, 2013 5:42 pm | Permalink

At Boom Shakalaka: The BYU Basketball Showcase, four members of the women’s basketball team will compete alongside the men in the Skills Challenge.

Representing the women will be senior guard Kim Beeston, sophomore guard Lexi Eaton, freshman guard Makenzi Morrison and junior guard Stephanie Rovetti. Eaton was BYU’s leading scorer at 15.6 points per game last season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. She was the WCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2011-12.

Beeston has averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists while starting every game each of the last two seasons. Rovetti saw valuable minutes at guard as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12 but sat out last season with an ACL injury. Morrison is a redshirt freshman out of Alta High School.

The pairings for the Skills Challenge are listed below. Each team will also include a fan participant. The fans will be announced on Thursday and Friday.

Haws and Mika make CBS top 100 player ranking

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:24 pm | Permalink

Gary Parrish, Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander of CBS ranked the top 100 college basketball players for the 2013-14 season and two Cougars made the list.

Junior Tyler Haws was ranked 34th and freshman Eric Mika was 98th. Only eight teams had more than BYU's two players ranked in the top 100. Haws is the fourth best junior player in the country as ranked by the trio of college basketball writers. He was behind Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross and North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo. Mika is the 15th best freshman.

Kentucky had seven players ranked, while Louisville and Michigan State each had four, and five others had three. Of the 18 teams with two players each, BYU's two players averaged a ranking of 66, the 13th highest, tied with LSU. 

BYU was one of just seven teams to have multiple players ranked that included at least one freshman. Kentucky had six freshmen ranked, Kansas had three, while Duke, Arizona, Indiana and LSU each had one. The Cougars were the only team to have a combination of a junior and a freshman.

BYU's opponents this season also had players ranked in the top 100. The Cougars potential game against Wichita State in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic would have the highest ranked player in No. 22 Cleanthony Early. Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos is ranked 41st, Chaz Williams of UMass is 58th, Stanford's Dwight Powell is 67th, Iowa State has Melvin Ejim 72nd and Georges Niang 95th, Oregon's Mike Moser is 78th and Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland is 99th.

Pangos and Ireland are the only other West Coast Conference players ranked and no other WCC team had more than a single player ranked.

Boom Shakalaka: Travis Hansen, Dunk Contest judge

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:39 am | Updated: October 16, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

We have announced 2013 Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell, former Cougar Mike Hall and Studio C star Jason Gray as Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest judges.

Today we're excited to announce another former Cougar, Travis Hansen, as a judge.

Travis Hansen played for BYU from 2000 to 2003 and averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He led the Cougars to an NIT bid in 2002 and to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. After earning second-team All-MWC as a junior, Hansen was named first-team All-MWC, Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-District. Following his BYU career, Hansen was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played one year in the NBA before enjoying a successful career overseas in the top leagues in Spain and Russia. Hansen now runs the Little Heroes Foundation and is an entrepreneur.