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Cougars lead Trojans 37-28 at halftime

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 8:28 pm | Permalink

The Cougars and Trojans started with a back-and-forth battle with Tyler Haws scoring the first BYU points at the 18:52 mark to trail 3-2. Chase Fischer hit one from deep to tie it at 5 apiece with Luke Worthington’s dunk giving the Cougars a 13-11 lead five minutes into the half.

With under nine minutes remaining, the Trojans tied the game 21-21 but was answered by Fischer’s three-point play to put BYU back up 24-21. Worthington’s free throw was the final point in the Cougars’ 8-1 run that extended BYU’s lead 29-22 with 4:41 left in the half.

Another 6-0 run that included Halford’s shot off the glass, Worthington and Anson Winder’s layup gave BYU its first double-digit lead of the game at 35-24 with 2:19 remaining. The Cougars kept their 11-point lead to enter halftime up 37-28.

Haws and Fischer led all scorers with nine points with Worthington adding a career-high seven points of his own. Kyle Collinsworth contributed six assists and four rebounds with Nate Austin pulling down five rebounds. 

TV Plans announced for BYU game at Cal on Nov. 29

Nov 17, 2014 - Posted by at 4:58 pm | Updated: November 17, 2014 5:19 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Nov. 17, 2014) — The Pac-12 announced Monday that BYU’s regular-season finale at California on Saturday, Nov. 29 will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with kickoff at either 1:30 or 3 p.m. PT. The announcement of the final kickoff time is scheduled to take place this Saturday or Sunday.

The game will air on all of the Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12 Network is available on Dish Network (channel 409) and through other cable providers and TV services. In Utah, Comcast provides the Pac-12 Network on channel 410 and Pac-12 Mountain on channel 37. 

To learn where to get the Pac-12 Networks in your area use the following link … http://pac-12.com/getpac-12networks

This will be the second time BYU has faced the Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium. BYU leads the all-time series, 2-1, having won the first two meetings in 1999 (at BYU) and 2001 (at Cal). The teams will be playing for the first time since Cal was a winner in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.

Lindsi Cutshall re-signs with Sky Blue FC

Nov 17, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:43 am | Updated: November 17, 2014 11:44 am | Permalink

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall re-signed with Sky Blue FC of the NWSL where she has played the last two seasons since being drafted fourth overall in January of 2013.

Cutshall started in 11 of the 14 games she played this season and scored three goals on just five shots from her central defender position. Cutshall played eight games her rookie season at Sky Blue FC when the team went 10-6-6 to make the playoffs. 

"All players take a full season to adjust to the level of play in the NWSL, and Lindsi has reached that point,” Sky Blue FC head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra said. “Our expectations are for her to have a breakout season in 2015.”

The NWSL season will begin in March and take a two-week break for the Women's World Cup in June.

Cutshall helped lead BYU to the Elite Eight in 2012 as she became the first MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in BYU history. That year BYU went 20-2-2 and were unbeaten in 20 straight games before falling in the second overtime to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. Cutshall scored three goals and made two assists in addition to playing the most minutes in a season by a Cougar in the past seven seasons.

For more information, read Sky Blue FC's release.

BYU defeats UNLV 42-23

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Permalink

BYU defeated UNLV 42-23 to improve to 6-4 and to become bowl eligible. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Christian Stewart kept the crowd energized in the fourth quarter after scrambling around charging defenders to rush for 16 yards. In that same drive, Adam Hine rushed for 24 yards.

BYU had 592 total yards, 325 passing yards and 267 rushing yards. Stewart threw 18 of 32 for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Mitch Mathews led the receivers with 120 yards and one touchdown. Paul Lasike had three touchdowns and 70 yards.

BYU up 42-22 after third quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU kicked off the second half by scoring a touchdown on its first possession. Devin Mahina caught a 15-yard touchdown after charging into the end zone while dragging the UNLV defender. The Cougars went up 28-13 over the Rebels with 13:25 left in the third quarter.

Logan Taele played tough defense in the third quarter. He tipped a pass to stop the Rebels from converting on third down. After UNLV recovered BYU’s fumbled punt return, Taele had a quarterback hurry that prevented UNLV from scoring a touchdown. The Rebels were held to a 33-yard field goal, making the score 28-16 with 11:11 left in the third.

Paul Lasike scored his third touchdown of the game after a 26-yard reception to put the Cougars up 35-16 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. This is Lasike’s first game scoring three or more touchdowns. Christian Stewart set up the touchdown after keeping the ball for a 25-yard run.

The Rebels answered back with a touchdown from 4th-and-7 after a 40-yard reception from Devonte Boyd to make the score 35-22 with 1:57 left in the third quarter. UNLV made up lost yards from an intentional grounding penalty when back-up quarterback Jared Lebowitz’s pass was complete to Keith Whitely for 22 yards.

Mitch Mathews scored his first touchdown of the game after an 8-yard reception from Stewart. A 35-yard reception by Jordan Leslie set the Cougars up. BYU went up 42-22 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.

Cougars up 21-13 at the half

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:42 pm | Permalink

The Cougars had two big defensive plays in a row in the second quarter to stop the Rebels. Graham Rowley sacked UNLV quarterback Blake Decker for a loss of eight yards. In the play immediately following, Kai Nacua had his second interception of the season when he picked off Decker and ran for 32 yards with 10:20 left in the first half.

BYU extended its lead to 14-3 after Paul Lasike rushed eight yards for a touchdown with 6:18 left in the second quarter. The scoring drive was set up by a Christian Stewart’s 48 yard pass to Mitch Mathews that put the Cougars at the 17-yard line.

With 5:32 left in the half, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed 68 yards for UNLV’s first touchdown to make the score 14-10. In the following play, the Rebels’ Jonathan Leiva recovered the short kick on the kickoff. UNLV kicked a field goal to put the team within one, 14-13, with 3:00 left in the second quarter.

Lasike rushed for his second touchdown of the night after Stewart started rushing and pitched it back to him. That scoring drive was highlighted by a 20-yard kickoff return by Lasike and a 21-yard reception by Mathews. The touchdown pushed BYU’s lead back up to 21-13 with 1:23 left in the half.

BYU leads UNLV 7-3 after first quarter

Nov 15, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:49 pm | Permalink

UNLV scored the first points of the game on a field goal by Jonathan Leiva from 46 yards. The Rebels set up the field goal after quarterback Blake Decker threw a pass to Devante Davis for 11 yards, and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence rushed twice for a total of eight yards.

Jordan Leslie rushed 30 yards for BYU’s first touchdown of the game to lead 7-3 with 7:25 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Christian Stewart threw for 58 yards on the drive, including a 34 yard throw Colby Pearson before the receiver was taken off the field with an injury. 

Stewart threw 7 of 12 for 112 yards in the first quarter.

BYU beats Long Beach State in season opener, 95-90

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:18 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Long Beach State 95-90 at the Marriott Center on Friday in a game that had a total of 24 3-pointers made.

BYU started off the second half with a 7-0 run after Nate Austin nailed a three and Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth both contributed points in the paint. The Cougars led 53-47 with 18:45 left, forcing the 49ers to call a timeout. A 3-pointer from Chase Fischer energized the team and the crowd. Fischer then got a steal and an assist off of a jump shot from Skyler Halford, which made the score 71-66 with 8:29 left.

Haws led the team in scoring with 21 points. Halford scored 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting (6 of 6 from the free-throw line) and also dished out seven assists. Austin led the rebounding effort for the Cougars with nine to go along with his six points. In his debut in a BYU uniform, Fischer scored 17 points, shooting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.

BYU down 47-46 to Long Beach State at the half

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:06 pm | Permalink

BYU lead 9-5 at the first timeout with 15:40 left in the game. Tyler Haws started the game shooting 3 of 3 from the field, two of which were shots from beyond the arc. Anson Winder had a block to stop a breakaway LBS bucket. The 49ers went on a 7-2 run to put them within one of the Cougars, 20-19 with 12:10 left.

BYU fired back after the timeout. Chase Fischer nailed a 3-pointer and Winder earned three points after getting hit at the basket after making a layup and the free throw to put the Cougars up 28-24 with 10:13 left in the half.

After a three from McKay LaSalle and two made free throws by Temidayo Yussuf, the 49ers took the lead for the first time, 29-28 with 7:44 in the half. Frank Bartley IV’s jumper and Winder’s basket tied the game at 35 all with 5:35 left.

Skyler Halford and Isaac Neilson were both fouled with less than two minutes left in the game. They made their free throws to take the 46-44 lead with 1:04 left. LaSalle nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LBS the 47-46 lead going into the half.

Fischer leads the Cougars in scoring with 9 points. LBS’s LaSalle leads all scorers with 12, shooting 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Six Cougars receive postseason awards from CollegeSportsMadness.com

Nov 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:51 am | Updated: December 1, 2014 3:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch was named to CollegeSportsMadness.com's All-America Second Team, while four other Cougars and head coach Jennifer Rockwood were honored on the website's All-Conference teams.

Hatch was one of four forwards on the All-America Second Team. She finished with 18 goals and six assists on the season and is currently tied for sixth in the nation in total goals and eighth in total points.

Rockwood was named Coach of the Year in the West Coast Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com, while Hatch, sophomore midfielder Elena Medeiros and sophomore foward Michele Murphy each made the WCC First Team. Medeiros finished the season with five goals and seven assists and started every game, while Murphy started all but one and recorded six goals and six assists. 

Senior defender Annie Amos and senior forward Niki Fernandes were selected to the WCC Second Team. Amos played every second so far this season as the only returning starter on a defense that finished with 10 shutouts. Fernandes finished with five goals and seven assists after receiving a sixth year of eligibility.

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Teams

CollegeSportsMadness.com All-WCC Honors