Senior Coriann Fraughton led all players with 19 points against the Cowgirls. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
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PROVO -- Finishing the first round of conference play, the BYU women’s basketball team shook off Wyoming with a 73-48 victory Wednesday, to stand No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference.
"I'm really happy about tonight," said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. "Defensively, it was probably one of our best performances. Tonight was the best all-around game Coriann has played since she's been here and our bench was solid. I told the girls before the game tonight that it was a big game and they definitely stepped up to the challenge. I'm really happy for the girls, they worked hard, stayed focused and deserve the win tonight."
Coriann Fraughton recorded her third-straight game in double figures with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and four rebounds.
Haley Hall and Kristen Riley each added 11 points to the total. There was a three-way tie on the boards between Hall, Riley and Jennifer Hamson, each with seven. Hall also contributed four assists. Mindy Bonham led in assists with eight.
Bonham went 6-0 to start the game, aided by two steals from Hall. Ten minutes into the half, Riley took the ball in for a layup on a steal, giving the Cougars the edge they needed to stay in control of the game.
Foreman cut off the Cowgirl 9-2 run with a field goal at 37 seconds on the clock to save the Cougar lead. Hall got the rebound off a Cowgirls’ missed shot and got the ball just past half court, sinking a three-pointer at the buzzer.
BYU went to the locker room with a 28-22 lead.
The Cougars started the second half with another run, going 11-2. Back-to-back threes from Riley and Parker gave the Cougars a 49-31 lead as they continued to distance themselves from the Cowgirls.
Fraughton’s three treys pushed the Cougars to their 25-point lead in the second half and a final 73-48 score.
The Cowgirls had two players in double figures—Aubrey Vandiver with 16 and Sewell with 14. Vandiver also had nine rebounds.
BYU heads to UNLV Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. matchup to start the second round of MWC play. The game can be seen live on The Mtn.
-The Cougars are now 14-1 when they lead at the half, 12-4 when they make more than five 3-pointers, 13-2 when they outrebound their opponent, 12-1 when they have under 16 turnovers and 9-1 when they play in the Marriott Center.
-BYU is also now 11-0 on the season when they score over 70 points.
-Every eligible player on BYU's roster saw minutes against the Cowgirls.
-This is the fourth consecutive game for BYU that more than two players have scored in double figures.
-The win over Wyoming is BYU's fifth consecutive win and ties their record for most wins in a row this season.
-Coriann Fraughton's 19 points led all scorers, was her 3rd straight double-figure game and 14th of the season. Her points were also the most she's recorded this season in conference play.
-Fraughton recorded a season-high three 3-pointers and two assists.
-Haley Hall's 11 points were her 7th double-figure performance this season. Hall also added a season-high seven rebounds.
-Kristen Riley's 11 points were her 4th straight double-digit performance and 11th time this season.