Buzzer Beater Leads to BYU Win

Jennie Keele hit a halfcourt buzzer beater to give the Cougars the win over Wyoming. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women's basketball team improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in Mountain West Conference play with a halfcourt buzzer-beating shot by Jennie Keele to give the Cougars a 55-52 win over the Wyoming Cowgirls Saturday in the Marriott Center.

"This was a great win," said BYU coach Jeff Judkins. "I'm happy for our team. I really think we outplayed them but got complacent. Jennie is a smart player. You've got to have a little luck in life. It was nice to have it bounce our way."

Keele's buzzer beater was only part of the Cougars' balanced scoring effort led by Dani Kubik Wright with 12 points and five rebounds. This was Wright's 10th double-digit scoring game of the season. Shawnee Slade picked up her seventh double-figure scoring game and second straight with 11 points off the bench. The Cougar post players outscored the Cowgirl post players 26-10 led by Wright.

The Cougars led 49-41 with 5:37 left in the second half when the Cowgirls went on an 8-0 run to cut the score to 46-49 with 2:58 to play. Keele hit a three-pointer to put the Cougars up 52-46, which was answered by a three-pointer by Wyoming's Aubrey Vandiver to bring the score to 52-49. The Cougars then turned the ball over and Wyoming hit one foul shot to move the score to 52-50. Wyoming scored with two seconds left out of a time-out to tie the game at 52 all.

The ball was quickly inbounded, and Keele hit the shot from halfcourt to give the Cougars the victory. In addition to making game-winning shots, Keele played the last part of the game with a broken nose, which she sustained with five minutes left. Keele's 11-point scoring effort was her fifth double-digit scoring game of the year.

"I'm happy that we won," said Keele "It shouldn't have come down to that final shot, but I'm happy that it went in."

BYU improved to 9-1 on the season when out rebounding its opponent. The Cougars won the battle of the boards 35-28 with three players grabbing five rebounds each.

Next up for BYU will be the Colorado State Rams, who will visit the Marriott Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Official Basketball Box Score

Cowgirls vs BYU COUGARS

01-13-07 2:00 PM at MARRIOTT CTR, BYU, PROVO, UT

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VISITORS: Cowgirls 10-5; 1-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

05 ZAVECZ, Hanna....... f 4-10 2-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 12 2 8 3 3 38

25 PODZIEMSKA, Justyna. f 3-10 2-6 3-4 0 7 7 3 11 2 2 0 1 39

33 DISSEN, Elisabeth... c 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

02 BOLERJACK, Jodi..... g 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 40

12 SISK, Dominique..... g 0-7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 22

10 VANDERJAGT, Rebecca. 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 5

20 VANDIVER, Aubrey.... 5-9 3-5 2-2 2 5 7 0 15 2 1 0 0 18

24 MCGUFFEY, Megan..... 3-6 2-4 2-6 0 3 3 4 10 1 2 0 2 29

TEAM................ 2 3 5

Totals.............. 16-46 9-21 11-16 6 22 28 11 52 11 16 3 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 6-21 28.6% 2nd Half: 10-25 40.0% Game: 34.8% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 6-13 46.2% Game: 42.9% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 6-10 60.0% Game: 68.8% 2

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HOME TEAM: BYU COUGARS 12-4; 3-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

35 JOHNSEN, Melinda.... f 1-6 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 6 1 1 1 38

52 RILEY, Lauren....... f 4-5 0-0 1-2 0 5 5 4 9 2 3 1 0 22

45 WRIGHT, Dani........ c 5-10 0-1 2-5 1 4 5 5 12 0 2 1 0 18

15 KEELE, Jennie....... g 4-8 3-6 0-1 1 3 4 0 11 1 2 0 2 36

30 GILLESPIE, Mallary.. g 2-7 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 6 5 3 0 2 37

05 CHEESMAN, Ashley.... 1-4 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 10

22 FADDIS, Brittany.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

32 SLADE, Shawnee...... 5-8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 11 1 4 0 0 29

54 KING, Cassie........ 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 6

TEAM................ 3 4 7

Totals.............. 23-50 4-15 5-10 8 27 35 16 55 16 17 3 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-29 48.3% 2nd Half: 9-21 42.9% Game: 46.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-11 18.2% 2nd Half: 2-4 50.0% Game: 26.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 3-4 75.0% 2nd Half: 2-6 33.3% Game: 50.0% 2

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Officials: MARIANNE KARP, SCOTT HERMAN, LAURIE PORTER

Technical fouls: Cowgirls-None. BYU COUGARS-None.

Attendance: 781

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Cowgirls...................... 20 32 - 52

BYU COUGARS................... 33 22 - 55

OFFICIAL FINAL

Tags: Results