Cougars Triumph Over Trojans In Nail-biter

Julie Sullivan led all scorers with 21 points in victory over USC (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU senior Julie Sullivan scored a

season-high 21 points as BYU defeated USC 76-73, Saturday in the

Marriott Center.

Sullivan played 36 minutes and scored a season-high 21 points and

came within one point of her career high, hitting big shots throughout the game

but fouled out with just over a minute to play. It was the fifth time

Sullivan has scored in double figures this season.

"Julie played so much tonight," said head coach Jeff Judkins.

"She was under a lot of pressure by their guards and she

wore out a bit. She probably played too many minutes tonight."

Judkins mentioned that the team had just finished finals signifying both mental

physical fatigue.

Ambrosia Anderson sparked the Cougars off the bench with her sixth double

figure scoring night of the season with 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds,

seven coming in the second period alone. Danielle Cheesman tapped her

ninth career double double and second this season scoring 11 points while

grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.

In the first half, BYU shot the ball well shooting 58.3 percent

from the field, but looked tired defensively giving up 15

offensive rebounds to the Trojans while turning the ball over 13 times.

Judkins said he felt the team looked sluggish.

"We did not seem to be as quick in reacting to the ball," Judkins said.

"We looked tired. We lead the conference in defensive rebounding, but

tonight we just looked worn out."

In the second half, BYU played much more physical and maintained

composure hitting clutch shots. Freshman Lauren Riley played eight

physical minutes in place of Chessman who was in foul trouble

scoring six big points in relief.

The Cougars, who improve to 6-2 on the year, make their final road trip of December to Los Angeles where they'll participate in the 2004 Hilton Woodland Hills Beach Classic.

BYU plays No. 14 Vanderbilt Monday, Dec., 20th at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday they play either Pepperdine or Wright St., with a 5 or 7:15 p.m. tip off.

Official Basketball Box Score

USC TROJANS vs Brigham Young Cougars

12-18-04 4:00 PM at MARRIOTT CTR, BYU, PROVO, UT

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VISITORS: USC TROJANS 5-3

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

33 WOODWARD, Rachel.... f 5-17 1-2 0-0 4 3 7 3 11 2 6 0 1 29

50 KERR, Chloe......... c 3-8 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 4 6 0 2 1 1 17

02 HAGIYA, Jamie....... g 2-5 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 3 6 3 1 0 1 23

05 GNEKOW, Meghan...... g 7-12 2-5 3-3 4 4 8 0 19 3 2 0 2 28

11 CAMERON, Brynn...... g 4-8 2-4 3-4 0 0 0 2 13 3 1 0 1 29

01 LENOIR, Camille..... 1-9 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 4 2 3 1 0 1 19

14 MURPHY, Eshaya...... 4-7 0-3 3-4 3 2 5 1 11 1 2 0 1 15

15 LEA, Markisha....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

22 JASKOWIAK, Allison.. 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 13

41 FUNN, Jamie......... 0-6 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 2 1 0 1 0 2 15

44 GIPSON, Kim......... 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 5 1 4 2 1 0 0 10

TEAM................ 5 2 7

Totals.............. 28-78 6-22 11-14 24 20 44 23 73 18 19 1 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-42 35.7% 2nd Half: 13-36 36.1% Game: 35.9% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-9 11.1% 2nd Half: 5-13 38.5% Game: 27.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 6-8 75.0% Game: 78.6% 1

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HOME TEAM: Brigham Young Cougars 6-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

01 SELJAAS, Nancy...... f 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 13

32 KOZLOWSKI, Kristen.. f 2-2 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 1 6 0 1 0 2 23

51 CHEESMAN, Danielle.. f 4-7 0-0 3-4 2 8 10 4 11 2 3 0 1 25

14 SULLIVAN, Julie..... g 6-10 1-2 8-9 1 5 6 5 21 9 8 1 2 36

35 JOHNSEN, Melinda.... g 2-3 0-1 3-4 0 2 2 1 7 1 2 0 1 30

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

13 GOOLD, Tiari........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2

15 KEELE, Jennie....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

25 TAYLOR, Kali........ 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 1 9

30 GILLESPIE, Mallary.. 2-5 2-4 0-1 0 0 0 1 6 3 1 0 0 23

33 ANDERSON, Ambrosia.. 6-13 2-4 1-2 0 9 9 4 15 1 1 0 3 26

50 ABELL, Mary Martha.. 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

52 RILEY, Lauren....... 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 8

TEAM................

Totals.............. 26-47 5-12 19-27 5 28 33 18 76 17 24 1 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-24 58.3% 2nd Half: 12-23 52.2% Game: 55.3% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-2 50.0% 2nd Half: 4-10 40.0% Game: 41.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9% 2nd Half: 9-14 64.3% Game: 70.4% 4

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Officials: SUE KENNEDY, ROBERT STRONG & ROY GULBEYAN

Technical fouls: USC TROJANS-None. Brigham Young Cougars-None.

Attendance: 619

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

USC TROJANS................... 36 37 - 73

Brigham Young Cougars......... 39 37 - 76

OFFICIAL FINAL

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