Final Nonconference Game For Team is at Utah State

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

One final nonconference game is on the schedule this week for BYU's women's basketball team. The Cougars (5-6) head to Logan to renew their rivalry with instate foe Utah State (3-7) on Sat. Dec. 29. Tip off is set for 5 p.m., from the Spectrum.

Game #11- 12/29/07:BYU @ Utah State Time: 5:00 p.m.MT Arena: The Spectrum

Following the Cougars --

Radio: This week's game at Utah State will air live on KOVO 960 AM.

Internet: The game can also be heard live on the internet at

http://www.byuradio.org/streaming

Jay Monsen will call the action for both games.

Live stats: All of the games can be accessed with the live stats link by logging on

to: www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

Cougar All-Acccess: Those who have signed up for Cougar All-Access can also view the games on their computers

BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 Fr 2.6 0.9

30 Mallary G. Carling G 5-10 Sr 13.4 3.8

32 Shawnee Slade F 5-11 Jr 7.7 6.2

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 Fr 5.7 3.9

52 Lauren R. Varley C 6-3 Sr 8.5 8.2

Reserve Players

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

22 Mindy Nielson G 5-10 Fr 6.9 2.9

54 Cassie King F 6-3 Jr 5.6 3.1

23 Coriann Wood F 6-1 Fr 3.2 2.3

14 Sarah Red G/F 5-11 Jr (rs)1.8 0.0

05 Ashley Cheesman F 6-0 Sr 1.5 1.7

13 Jaime Judkins G 5-6 So 1.0 0.8

0 Lauren Nichols F 6-0 Fr (rs)0.5 0.2

55 Megan Marks F 6-2 Fr 0.3 1.3

Team Stats -- 2007-08

-- Shooting from the field: (.389, 230-592)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.613, 103-168)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.304, 59-194)

-- Average points per game: 56.5

-- Average rebounds per game: 39.3

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The team

-- Two starters are among the six letterwinners returning for the 2007-08 season.The team also returns two redshirts in addition to six very talented newcomers

-- The seniors are MWC Second Team honoree guard Mallary Gillespie-Carling and MWC Honorable Mention Lauren Riley-Varley. Both were also named to the 2007 MWC All-Tournament Team.

-- Among the letterwinners are junior forward/guard combo Shawnee Slade, senior forward Ashley Cheesman and junior center Cassie King. The trio return with the most playing experience and an understanding of coach Judkins' game plan. Guard Jamie Judkins who also comes in with significant playing time experience.

-- Two redshirts who were on the team last year, freshman forward Lauren Nichols and sophomore guard Sarah Red, a transfer from the University of Utah, will also provide solid experience on the team as newcomers.

-- Six new incoming freshmen will take to the court in 2007-08. They are:

Stephanie Buhler: 6-0, F, Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS

Jazmine Foreman: 5-5, G, Vancouver, WA/Hudson's Bay HS

Megan Marks: 6-2, F, South Jordan, UT/Bingham HS

Keilani Moeaki: 6-2, F, Warrenville, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South HS

Mindy Nielson: 5-10, G, Centennial, CO/ Regis Jesuit HS

Coriann Wood: 6-1, F, Basin City, WA/Connell HS

2007-08 Season Highlights and Notables

TEAM

-- The captains on the 2007-08 season are seniors Mallary Gillespie-Carling and Lauren Riley-Varley

-- When playing on the road this season, BYU has a 1-4 record.

-- The 55 rebounds by the Cougars vs Fresno State on 11/17/07 are a season high and rank tied

for third place in the program's history.

-- The win over Fresno State improved BYU's all-time record in home

openers to 24-11 and under coach Judkins is now 6-1 in home openers.

-- BYU has had three players score in double figures in three contests to date.

-- The 78 points and the 55 rebounds recorded in the win over Fresno State are the most in both categories to date.

-- In the win over Utah Valley, the team scored 72 points which is second best to date and the 20-point margin of victory

is the most this season.

-- The 20 assists in the win over Utah Valley on 12/08/07 were the most to date.

-- In Saturday's Dec. 8th win over the Wolverines, the 17 steals are a new season best.

-- BYU scored 35 points in the first half vs. Utah Valley, the second most scored in a first half and the fourth

most in any half to date.

-- Starting lineups: Record

Foreman, Carling, Slade, Cheesman, Varley: 2-2

Foreman, Carling, Slade, King, Varley: 1-1

Judkins, Carling, Slade, Wood, Varley: 0-1

Foreman, Carling, Slade, Moeaki, Varley: 1-2

Nielson, Carling, Slade, Moeaki, Varley: 1-0

PLAYER

-- Center Lauren Riley-Varley: picked up back-to-back double doubles in the first two games of this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds against UCSB and 16 points and 13 boards at Arkansas State. The 16 points at Ark. State were season highs to date. Scored 12 points in the loss to New Mexico St. on 12/05/07 for her third double figure game this season and 22nd career double digit contest.

-- Guard Mallary Gillespie-Carling: has scored in double figures in 54 games during her career, seven so far this season and the last three straight. Ranks 16th in BYU's 1,000-point club with 1,137 to date.

-- Guard Mindy Nielson: tallied a season and career-high 15 points at Weber State on 12/12/07/07. Picked up season and career highs in blocks (5), steals, (5), rebounds (6) vs. Utah Valley on 12/08/07.

-- Guard Shawnee Slade: led the team in scoring with 15 points vs. Utah Valley on 12/08/07 marking her 13th career double digit game and her third this season. Grabbed a season and career high 11 rebounds vs. New Mexico State on 12/05/07. The 11 boards were team and game highs as well.

-- Center Cassie King: scored 10 points at Weber State on 12/12/07, a new season high for her.

-- Forward Keilani Moeaki: tallied a career- and game-high 19 points in the game vs. Hartford on 11/20/07. Had two blocks at Weber St. on 12/12/97 for new season and career highs.

-- Forward Coriann Wood: picked up season and career highs in points and rebounds in the game at UConn on 11/29/07 with eight points and five rebounds. She started her first collegiate game at Sacred Heart on 12/01/07.

-- Guard Jazmine Foreman: dished out season and career highs in assists with eight vs. Utah Valley on 12/08/07.

-- Guard Jaime Judkins: dished out three assists in the game at Weber St. on 12/12/07 for new season and career highs.

About This Week's Opponent

UTAH STATE UNIV. - Logan, Utah at 5 p.m. (12/29/07)

This year's team returns three starters and nine letterwinners who finished in sixth place in the WAC last season.The Aggies of Utah State have compiled a 3-7 record to date. They currently have two players scoring in double figures. Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro is averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She's followed by senior guard Taylor Richards who is contributing 10.7 points and 3.4 boards. She's the team's assist leader with a total of 26 to date. Jamelah Brown tops the list in the rebound category, grabbing 5.1 boards per game. Head Coach Reagan Pebley is in her fifth year at the helm of the Aggies' basketball program.

Utah State Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht Yr PPG RPG

F 33 Lindsey Shipley 6-0 Jr 7.7 3.1

C 12 Jenny Gross 6-2 Sr 5.8 4.9

G 04 Danyelle Snelgro 5-5 Jr 12.1 3.1

G 10 Jamelah Brown 5-10 Sr 7.7 5.1

G 11 Taylor Richards 5-4 Sr 10.7 3.4

Stat Comparisons BYU USU

Field Goals: .384 .387

Free Throws: .604 .717

Three-Pointers: .271 .363

Points Per Game: 55.6 62.1

Rebounds Per Game: 39.7 32.8

Series History

Record: 24-3 favoring BYU.

Last Meeting: The Cougars and Aggies have not played each other since a game on Feb. 26, 1987 in Provo, Utah. In that game, the Cougars picked up the 99-44 victory.

Media Availability

Team Practice Times - at home

-The BYU team practices at the Marriott Center MWF from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday's, practice is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Thursday's from 11:30 to 2 p.m.

- Coach Judkins and players are available for interviews prior to or after practice. All interviews are scheduled in advance. Norma Collett is the Basketball Communications Director for the team and can be contacted by phone or email.

Contact at: 801-422-4908, office, 801-372-0989, cell, and email norma_collett@byu.edu

Looking Ahead

January starts the MWC regular season and defending MWC Regular Season Champsions BYU prepares to defend its back-to-back league titles. The Cougars open MWC play with a 2 p.m., contest at CSU on Jan. 12, then return home to host UNLV Jan. 16 and Utah Jan. 19. Start times for the home games are 4 and 7 p.m., respectively.

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