(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
Riding a five-game win streak in league play, the Cougar women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1) continues WCC action on the road.BYU goes back to southern California to take on Loyola Marymount (4-13, 0-5) on Thursday, Jan. 19 in a 7 p.m. tip off from Albert Gersten Pavilion on the LMU campus.
2011-12 Stats Summary
- Shooting from field: (.448, 509-1135)
- Shooting from three-point line: (.358, 130-363)
- Shooting from free-throw line: (.728, 235-323)
- Average points per game: 72.8
- Average rebounds per game: 40.3
- Average assists per game: 19.1
- Average steals per game: 10.1
-Average blocks per game: 6.1
- Average turnovers per game: 16.6
-The Cougars leading scorer is sophomore guard Kim Parker who averages 11.0 points per game.
-Kristen Riley is at the top of the leaderboard in rebounds averaging 6.7 per game.
-Haley Steed leads the way in assists and steals with 128 and 44 respectively.
-Jennifer Hamson tops the list in blocks with 40.
-Dani Peterson has the team’s best field goal percentage (.588, 57-97).
-True freshman Lexi Eaton has the team’s best free throw percentage (.829, 34-41).
-Stephanie Vermunt is the squad’s best scorer from behind the arc, shooting (.578, 26-45).
Winningest Coach in BYU History
- BYU head coach Jeff Judkins became the all-time winningest coach in BYU women’s basketball history, picking up his 220th career win when the Cougars defeated Pepperdine, 80-56 Thurs. Jan. 12, 2012. Judkins passed former BYU coach Courtney Leishman (1977-89) for the record and is now 220-111 (.665) in his 11th season as head coach of the Cougars. Leishman finished at BYU with a 219-124 (.638) record.
- Judkins picked up his 200th career victory in the 64-55 road win at CSU on 2/23/11 last season. The win marked the fifth 20-plus win season for coach Judkins, and the second straight.
Record Breaking Players
- Haley Steed has recorded 450 assists as of 01/16/12, placing her in sixth place all-time. She needs nine to tie for fifth place with Karina Zapata’s 459.
- Steed has a total of 191 steals to date and needs 38 to tie for seventh place with Karina Zapata’s career high 229.
- Steed has made 161 3-pointers as of 01/16/12 putting her in sixth place overall. She needs 10 to tie for fifth place with Thais Kidd's career best 171.
- Kristen Riley has 74 blocks as of 01/16/12 and needs five to tie for fifth place all-time with Cathy Nixon’s 79.
- Riley has grabbed 603 rebounds as of 1/13/12, which puts her in 10th place all-time. She needs to snatch 16 more to tie for ninth place with former teammate Coriann Fraughton's 619.
- As of 01/16/12, 6-7 sophomore center Jennifer Hamson has tallied 85 blocks and needs 40 to tie for fourth place all-time with Jill the 125 recorded by Jill Adams.
THURSDAY WCC OPPONENT
After playing five league games to date, LMU has compiled a (4-13, 0-5) record. Alex Cowling, a 5-11 junior guard/forward combo leads the way in scoring for the Lions averaging 21.2 points per game while averaging a team best 8.8 rebounds. In the assist category it’s 5-5 sophomore guard Hazel Ramirez who dishes out the most with 37 while Cowling gets the most steals with 31 to date. Loyola Marymount shoots 35 percent from the field, 72 percent at the charity stripe and 29 percent from beyond the arc while putting up 57.5 points per game. Head coach Julie Wilhoit has been with the Lions program for 17 seasons.
Overall Series Record: BYU leads the series 3-0
BYU Record in Provo: 1-0
BYU Record in Los Angeles: n/a
BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 2-0
BYU Record under coach Judkins: 1-0
BYU Record in Overtime Games: n/a
Hosting its first ever WCC game at home, the Cougars shot 52 percent from the field while holding the Lions to just 33 percent on their way to an 80-47 win over LMU. Kristen Riley led the BYU effort with 16 points with true freshman Lexi Eaton contributing 14 to winning effort. A stifling defense kept the Lions from scoring allowing the Cougars to push their lead to 41 points with 7:35 left in the game. Sophomore center Jennifer Hamson came off the bench and had a solid performance grabbing a game high seven boards to go along with her nine points and two blocks.
Los Angeles Itinerary
Team Flight: Delta #2241 departs Salt Lake City on Wed., Jan. 18 at 3:05 p.m., and arrives in Los Angeles at 4 p.m.
Team Flight: Delta #2190 departs Salt Lake City on Fri., Jan. 20 at 10:10 a.m., and arrives in Salt Lake City at 1:05 p.m.
Team Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Marina del Rey, 13480 Maxella Ave., 310-822-8555, 310-823-2996, fax.
The team returns home for one game on Sat. Jan. 21 as they take on Portland in a 2 p.m., tip. That game airs live worldwide on BYUtv. The following week, BYU steps out of WCC action traveling to the state of Washington to battle Seattle University on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The Cougars go back on the road for more league play traveling to northern California playing at Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 28.