(Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick)
With a 0-2 record, the BYU women’s basketball looks to get back into the winning column in its next home game. The Cougars host Nevada (1-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST. The game airs live on BYUtv and will be simulcast on BYU Radio.
BYU vs. NEVADA
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BYU returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that won a program-best 28 wins, finished second in the West Coast Conference, advanced to the championship game of the league tournament and made some noise in the NCAA tournament, making it to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual champion UConn.
This year the Cougars were selected to finish second in the WCC regular season race behind league- favorite Gonzaga.
Morgan Bailey, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, has recorded back-to-back 20-plus point outings with 25 at SDSU and 22 vs. CSUN. She ranks second on the team in rebounds pulling down 5.0 per game and dishes the most assists with a total of seven to date. Senior Ashley Garfield leads the way in the rebound category, averaging 7.5 a contest.
Starters Lexi Eaton and Kylie Maeda are tied in steals with a 1.5 average. Redshirt freshman Cassie Broadhead has come off the bench in both contests and leads the team in blocks averaging 2.0 per game.
After two games, the Cougars are shooting 40 percent from the field, 68 percent at the free-throw line, 38 percent from 3-point land and have recorded more assists than their opponents.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) 14th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #41 M. Bailey, 23.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #3 A. Garfield, 7.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #41 M. Bailey, 4.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #21 L. Eaton and #15 K. Maeda, 1.5 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #20, Cassie Broadhead, 2.0 bpg
With two games under its belt, Nevada has compiled a 1-1 record recording a home win over UCSB and then falling at No. 14 Cal, 76-54.
The Wolf Pack returns three starters among their 10 letterwinners back. Last season, Nevada went 18-13, 12-6 on the year, finishing third in the Mountain West Conference. In this year’s preseason MWC poll, they were picked to finish fifth. Nevada is one of four MWC foes the Cougars will play this year. BYU is also slated to play CSU, UNLV and Utah State.
Terilyn Moe, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, is one of two players scoring in double figures for the Wolf Pack, averaging 20.5 points. Mimi Mungedi, a 6-foot-8 senior center, is the other player in double-digit points with a 17.5 average. Both also top the leader board in the rebound category pulling down 8.5 each. Nevada is averaging 62.5 points per contest, is shooting 39 percent from the field, 11 percent from behind the arc and 68.9 percent at the free-throw line.
• Head coach: Jane Albright (Appalachian State,1977) 6th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #13 T. Moe, 20.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #13 T. Moe & #55 M. Mungedi, 8.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #13 T. Moe, 7.5 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #13 T. Moe, #21 N. Lesure & #24 E. Burns, 1.0 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #55 M. Mungedi, 2.5 bpg
BYU leads the series 7-1. Nevada has never won in the Marriott Center in the history of the series between the two schools.
Last year, the Cougars and Wolf Pack battled in Reno where BYU recorded the eight-point, 69-61 win. Lexi Eaton led the way with a game-best 24 points, followed by 12 from Jennifer Hamson. Morgan Bailey tied for game highs in rebounds, pulling down 11 boards. The Cougars shot 36 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line. BYU was up by two, 34-32 at the break and led by as many as 15 with 10 minutes left in the contest.
Nevada had two players put up double digits in points with 19 from Terilyn Moe. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Dania Sharp was the second player to record double figures in points with 12. Aja Johnson topped the list in the rebound category with 11. The Wolf Pack shot 38 percent from the field and 78 percent from the charity stripe.
After the home game vs. Nevada, the Cougar team travels to the BYU-Hawaii campus in Laie to compete in the Tom Weston Invitational. BYU will play Butler on Nov. 26, BYU-H on Nov. 27 and No. 20 Oregon State Nov. 29.
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