BYU Defeats TCU in the Last Home Game of the Season

Senior Ambrosia Anderson led the Cougars to a victory over TCU scoring 25 points. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- In the last home game of the season the No. 18 Cougars (22-3, 12-2) defeated Texas Christian University 73-56 in the Marriott Center led by senior Ambrosia Anderson with 25 points on the night.

"It was a nice win," said Coach Jeff Judkins. "It was something this team needed. TCU's a very good team. We came out and played really hard, that's indicative of 51 rebounds."

Freshman Shawnee Slade earned career highs in points (10) and rebounds (9) and this was Anderson's 24th game to score in double digits.

In the seventh game this season the Cougar defense held their opponent to 30 percent or under shooting from the field, while BYU shot a game percentage of 44.4 percent from the field.

Leading scorers for BYU included Anderson (25), Mallary Gillespie with 12 and Lauren Riley and Slade with 10 points each. This was the fourth game in which four players have scored in double figures.

In the first half the Cougars pulled away with a 7-0 run started by a jumper from Gillespie. With a combination of TCU shooting only 26.7 percent in the first half and BYU controlling the defensive rebounds, the Cougars pulled away to a 13-point lead with Ambrosia Anderson draining 3-3, three-pointers.

Scoring in the first half was led by Anderson with 15 points, shooting 55.4 percent. Shawnee Slade and Lauren Riley came off the bench to each score six points in the first half. Starter Melinda Johnsen also had six points in the first half.

The crowd went wild as 5'10" forward, Johnsen blocked TCU's center first with 2:20 left in the first and then again in the second half with 13:00 left.

The first half concluded with Anderson making a jumper from in the paint at the buzzer.

In the second half, the Cougars came out strong and pulled away shooting 45.2 percent from the field. Offensive rebounds and fouls called, helped BYU score points almost every time they came down the court.

TCU gave BYU a run for their money with leading scorers Natasha Lacy (12) and Ashley Davis. Davis came off the bench scoring 22 points and making 6 three-point shots.

"I'm just really proud of these young ladies. They came together and got it done, it was a big game for us," said Coach Judkins.

Nancy Seljaas, Anderson, and Laura Stratton were all honored before the game for Senior Night and expressed their thanks to the fans concluding the game.

BYU travels to Colorado State Thursday, March 2 to take on the Rams at 7 p.m.

Official Basketball Box Score

TC Lady Frogs vs BYU Cougars

02-24-06 2:00 PM at MARRIOTT CTR, BYU, PROVO UT

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VISITORS: TC Lady Frogs 15-10; 9-5

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

14 BUTLER-RAYFORD,Lorie f 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 3 4 2 3 0 0 33

40 LOHSE, Jenna........ f 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 7

10 KNIGHT, Moneka...... g 1-4 1-2 5-8 0 1 1 2 8 1 1 1 2 24

11 LACY, Natasha....... g 4-11 1-6 3-4 1 5 6 1 12 6 2 1 0 30

33 ROSS, Adrianne...... g 0-9 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 2 3 28

05 HEJNY, JimAnne...... 0-2 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 14

22 CLEMENTINO, Vanessa. 2-6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 3 5 1 3 2 1 24

31 RIVERA, Marissa..... 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 11

34 DAVIS, Ashley....... 8-16 6-12 0-0 2 2 4 2 22 2 1 0 2 29

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

Totals.............. 18-60 9-23 11-17 10 24 34 16 56 13 12 7 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-30 26.7% 2nd Half: 10-30 33.3% Game: 30.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-9 33.3% 2nd Half: 6-14 42.9% Game: 39.1% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 8-11 72.7% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 64.7% 2

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HOME TEAM: BYU Cougars 22-3; 12-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

33 ANDERSON, Ambrosia.. f 10-22 3-6 2-3 2 5 7 0 25 3 0 1 1 34

35 JOHNSEN, Melinda.... f 3-10 1-4 1-1 2 2 4 0 8 3 2 2 1 37

45 KUBIK, Dani......... c 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 5 6 1 4 0 0 17

15 KEELE, Jennie....... g 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 7 7 0 0 6 1 0 0 30

30 GILLESPIE, Mallary.. g 4-9 2-4 2-4 1 4 5 2 12 3 3 0 1 29

01 SELJAAS, Nancy...... 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 6

10 STRATTON, Laura..... 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

13 AINA, Rachel........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+

24 HUTSON, Vanessa..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4

32 SLADE, Shawnee...... 5-6 0-1 0-0 2 7 9 3 10 2 1 0 0 19

41 FADDIS, Brittany.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0+

52 RILEY, Lauren....... 4-7 0-0 2-6 3 3 6 4 10 0 4 0 0 22

54 KING, Cassie........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+

TEAM................ 1 4 5

Totals.............. 29-64 6-16 9-16 15 36 51 17 73 18 19 3 3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-32 43.8% 2nd Half: 15-32 46.9% Game: 45.3% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-7 42.9% 2nd Half: 3-9 33.3% Game: 37.5% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 3-7 42.9% 2nd Half: 6-9 66.7% Game: 56.3% 3

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Officials: ERIC LARSON, RICK MORRIS, RANDY COIL

Technical fouls: TC Lady Frogs-None. BYU Cougars-None.

Attendance: 1467

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

TC Lady Frogs................. 27 29 - 56

BYU Cougars................... 34 39 - 73

OFFICIAL FINAL

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