Anderson On Fire

Ambrosia Anderson scored 26 points, tying her season and career highs. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Led by senior Ambrosia Anderson, BYU dominated Northern Arizona on Saturday afternoon in a 34-point victory, 82-48, in the Marriott Center. The win is the largest margin of victory this season.

"One of our biggest goals is to protect our home," head coach Jeff Judkins said. "This team plays with a lot of confidence at home. We love to play at home."

The first half was all BYU, as the Cougars jumped out to a 14-9 lead, gradually extending that advantage throughout the first half. The Cougars went into the half with a 20-point lead, 38-18.

If there was something more impressive than the Cougars lead, it would have to be standout senior Anderson.

For Anderson, who came into the game averaging 21.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, it was business as usual. Playing just 13 minutes in first half, Anderson amassed 17 points, and she did it from the everywhere--inside and outside, driving and jump-shooting.

"You go out there with so much confidence that it's really hard to hide it and be a role player," Anderson said. "You want to do everything you can offensively, defensively, on the bench."

Two moves in particular showcased her finesse and feeling for the game. After scrambling to collect a lose ball, Anderson eyed an opening down the left lane. She drove, ducked under a Lumberjack defender for the bucket and one.

A few plays later on an inbound, Vanessa Hudson sent a lob to the opposite block for Anderson, who rose into the air and gently tapped the ball in for two points.

Shortly after the second half began, Judkins put the reigns on Ambrosia to give the other players some looks.

"She could have had 30 or 40 points tonight and she knows it," Judkins said.

Anderson's 26 points ties her season and career highs. She has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Although Anderson was the highlight, the entire Cougar team played well and played together. Mallary Gillespie scored 12 points, including a long two and two three-pointers to begin the second half. She also contributed five assists and two steals. Lauren Riley added 12 points for the Cougars.

Alyssa Wahl paced the Lumberjacks with 12 points, two blocks and one steal.

The Cougars shot 50 % from the field and 81 % from the free-throw line, while NAU shot only 33.9 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from the line.

BYU plays two more games at home before hitting the road again. The Cougars take on UVSC Saturday at 3 p.m., in the Marriott Center.

Official Basketball Box Score

Lumberjacks vs BYU Cougars

12-10-05 2:00 PM at MARRIOTT CENTER, BYU, PROVO, UT

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VISITORS: Lumberjacks 5-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

30 Wahl, Alyssa........ f 5-11 2-4 0-0 1 6 7 2 12 0 3 2 1 31

31 Eason, Nicky........ f 1-8 0-1 3-4 1 3 4 2 5 2 1 0 2 28

41 Dinkins, Laura...... f 3-5 1-1 1-2 2 0 2 3 8 2 2 1 1 23

42 Porter, Megan....... c 3-9 0-0 3-4 3 2 5 4 9 0 4 0 0 26

04 Cunningham, Sade.... g 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 2 3 0 1 23

13 Winkfield, Kim...... 0-5 0-2 1-2 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 0 1 16

20 Metz, Natalie....... 2-9 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 4 2 2 1 3 29

21 Brown, Kandis....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6

23 Matthews, Janelle... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

44 Biswanger, Kim...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4

50 Hopper, Beth........ 2-2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 8

TEAM................ 2 2 4

Totals.............. 18-55 4-12 8-12 12 20 32 17 48 8 19 4 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 7-26 26.9% 2nd Half: 11-29 37.9% Game: 32.7% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-7 42.9% 2nd Half: 1-5 20.0% Game: 33.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 1-2 50.0% 2nd Half: 7-10 70.0% Game: 66.7% 2

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HOME TEAM: BYU Cougars 7-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

15 KEELE, Jennie....... f 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 2 3 0 0 16

33 ANDERSON, Ambrosia.. f 10-14 1-2 5-5 2 4 6 1 26 1 2 2 1 21

45 KUBIK, Dani......... c 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 3 6 0 1 0 1 19

30 GILLESPIE, Mallary.. g 4-11 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 12 5 2 0 2 25

35 JOHNSEN, Melinda.... g 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 2 1 0 1 16

01 SELJAAS, Nancy...... 2-7 0-3 0-1 0 4 4 3 4 1 0 0 0 20

10 STRATTON, Laura..... 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 0 0 1 12

13 AINA, Rachel........ 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

23 BROWN, Brit......... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 3

24 HUTSON, Vanessa..... 1-2 1-1 2-2 1 1 2 1 5 3 1 0 0 21

32 SLADE, Shawnee...... 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 3 0 0 16

41 FADDIS, Brittany.... 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 1 4 0 1 1 0 5

52 RILEY, Lauren....... 5-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 1 10 1 1 0 1 15

54 KING, Cassie........ 1-5 0-0 2-3 2 0 2 0 4 0 2 1 1 9

TEAM................ 3 3

Totals.............. 32-63 5-16 13-16 14 27 41 14 82 17 18 4 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-28 57.1% 2nd Half: 16-35 45.7% Game: 50.8% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-6 33.3% 2nd Half: 3-10 30.0% Game: 31.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 9-10 90.0% Game: 81.3% 0

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Officials: MIKE PETTY, LAURA RAHE, KEN SOWBY

Technical fouls: Lumberjacks-TEAM. BYU Cougars-None.

Attendance: 541

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Lumberjacks................... 18 30 - 48

BYU Cougars................... 38 44 - 82

FINAL OFFICIAL

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