First Road Trip Takes Team To Play U. of Portland

Coach Judkins talks over a play with team members during a game (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

With their first road trip of the season, the BYU women's basketball team takes its 2-1 record on the road for a game against the University of Portland (2-2). The game will be played at the Chiles Center on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. MST.

Teams: BYU (2-1) vs. U. Portland (2-2) Date: Nov. 30 Time: 7 p.m. Arena: Chiles Ctr.

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All of the women's basketball games can be heard live on BYU radio via the internet. Veteran BYU broadcaster Jay Monsen calls the action. Fans can also access BYU Radio on the Dish Network, Direct TV.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Jr 5.3 2.0

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 Sr 9.7 2.0

F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 So 2.7 1.7

F 32 Kristin Kozlowski 6-2 Sr 12.7 5.0

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 Sr 9.7 10.3

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Jr 14.0 7.3

G 30 Mallary Gillespie 5-10 Fr 140 1.7

F 50 Mary Martha Abell 6-3 Fr 5.0 1.7

G 13 Tiari Goold 5-7 So 1.7 0.3

F/G 15 Jennie Keele 5-10 Jr. 3.0 0.0

G/F 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 Sr 1.0 1.0

C 52 Lauren Riley 6-3 Fr 0.7 1.3

G 10 Laura Stratton 5-6 Jr 0.0 0.0

2004-05 Team Stats --

4 Shooting from the field: (.464, 83-179)

4 Shooting from the free-throw line: (.694, 43-62)

4 Shooting from three-point line: (.457, 21-46)

4 Average points per game: 76.7

Previous Game Recap

Despite a strong team effort led by junior forward Ambrosia Anderson's 17 points coming off the bench, the Cougars women fell by three, 73-76 to the No. 24 ranked Arizona Wildcats. BYU trailed for most of the first half despite a run in the early minutes of the half. The visiting Arizona team took a 45-33 advantage at the break. The Cougars got behind again in the second half of action but kept cutting into the Wildcat lead until the very end when they had a change to go for three to tie the game. But a blistering defense by Arizona kept BYU from scoring in the final seconds. In the contest Danielle Cheesman tallied her eighth career double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kristen Kolozwski also contributed in double figures with 13 points and three rebounds. Junior forward/guard Jennie Keele played in her first game after recovering from a broken foot injury suffered on the first day of practice this season.

2004-05 Cougar Notables

uThree all-conference performers in Julie Sullivan (Second Team), Danielle Cheesman and Ambrosia Anderson (Honorable Mention) return to the BYU team.

uThis year's team returns four starters from last year's lineup (Sullivan, Cheesman, Keele, Taylor)

uThe top leading scorer on the BYU team, Julie Sullivan, (10.4 ppg) and the top leading rebounder , Danielle Cheesman, (5.8 rpg) are back for their final year in the Cougar blue.

uThe 2004-05 team returns 11 letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that compiled a 15-14 record and finished 5th, 5-9, in conference play. For the first time, BYU did not play in the championship game of the MWC tournament. The Cougars lost in the quarterfinals 57-60 to UNLV.

u Cougar fans will get to see five new faces on the roster that include three freshmen and one transfer from Auburn University. The freshmen are Mary Martha Abell, from Monroe, Louisiana, Mallary Gillespie, from Vineyard, Utah and Mountain View High School, and Lauren Riley, a 6-3 center from San Clemente, Calif. Dani Kubik is a sophomore center from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She played one season at Auburn and will be eligible to play for BYU beginning in December.

Injury Update

There are no injuries to any players on the Cougar roster

About University of Portland

The Portland Pilots have compiled a 2-2 record and have one win and one loss at home so far this year. The team returns three starters, eight letterwinners and add seven newcomers to this year's roster. Toping the list in scoring is Jamie Medley a 5-11 senior forward who tallies 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She's followed by Ashlee Orndorff who scores 10.8 points and grabs a team high 9.5 rebounds per game. As a team, the Pilots shoot 44 percent from the field and62 percent from the free throw line and are 18 of 51 from behind the arc.

Portland Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 14 Whitney Grant 5-6 Jr 9.8 1.5

G 25 Hanna Seltzer 5-8 Sr 4.3 2.3

F 11 Meagan Bermingham 6-1 Fr 7.5 4.3

F 22 Jamie Medley 5-11 Sr 14.0 9.3

C 23 Ashlee Orndorff 6-2 Sr 10.8 9.5

Series Record: 4-4 tied.

Last Meeting: BYU and Portland met last in Provo during the 1998-99 season with the Pilots getting the 62-57 win. Portland has won the last four games with BYU and are 2-2 at home, 2-1 away and 0-1 when playing on a neutral court.

Head Coach - Jeff Judkins

Overall Record: 60-36, begins his fourth season at BYU.

Under Coach Judkins, the team has gone to back-to-back NCAA appearances as well as to the title games of the MWC Championships, winning the title game in 2001-02.

An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins played basketball for the University of Utah Utah from 1974-78. While playing for the Utes, he helped the team win one conference championship and two berths in the NCAA Tournament.

He was a second-team academic All-American and three-time first-team District VII academic selection. Judkins earned three first-team All-WAC honors and was a member of the 1977 United States World Games team that captured the gold medal.

He played five years in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz. He was a second-round pick by the Celtics in 1978, the same year the Celtics selected Larry Bird with the sixth pick overall.

After his NBA career, he returned to the U of U in 1989, and remained with the men's program for 10 years. Judkins, a Salt Lake City native, graduated from Utah in 1978 with a degree in health and physical education. He is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Mary Kay, are the parents of five children: Jessica (24), Jordan (22), Jenna (20), Jaime (17), Jaxson (14).

2004-05 Roster Breakdown

Seniors (4):

Danielle Cheesman, Kristen Kozlowski, Julie Sullivan, Kali Taylor

Juniors (5):

Ambrosia Anderson, Julie Cross, Jennie Keele (Overdiek), Nancy Seljaas, Laura Stratton

Sophomore (3):

Dani Kubik, Tiari Goold,Melinda Johnsen

Freshman (4):

Mary Martha Abell, Mallary Gillespie, Lauren Riley, Summer Sykes

By Position

Forward (6):

Mary Martha Abell, Ambrosia Anderson, Danielle Cheesman, Kristen Kozlowski,

Summer Sykes

Guard (6):

Julie Cross, Mallary Gillespie, Tiari Goold, Laura Stratton, Julie Sullivan, Kali Taylor

Guard/Forward (3):

Melinda Johnsen, Jennie Keele, Nancy Seljaas

Center /Forward(2):

Dani Kubik, Lauren Riley

Team's Practice Schedule/Media Interviews

The BYU team practices at the Marriott Center from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. On Tuesday's , practice time is from 1 to 3 p.m., and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursdays.

Media interviews with coach Judkins and players can be done prior to or at the end of practice. All interviews must be scheduled in advance with the women's basketball athletic communications director, Norma Collett at 801-422-4908, 801-372-0989 during regular business hours or via email at: collett@byucougars.com

No interviews will be given the day of a game until after the game. Updated information on the women's basketball team is available 24 hours a day on the BYU web site at www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

Stats on the team are updated on the web site every Monday morning. Media members may contact Norma Collett to receive news releases and game notes via email.

All working media personnel will be put on a media gate list for entry into the arena. The list will be available by the elevators near the main ticket office in the Marriott Center. No other credentials are needed. Media will be assigned a seat on press row to cover each home game.

Traveling Plans for the Week

The Cougar team departs on Mon. Nov. 29 on Delta flight #1411 at 3 p.m., and arrives in Portland at 3:56 p.m. The team's hotel is the Marriott Portland Downtown, at 1401 SW Naito Parkway, 503-226-7600, 503-221-1789, fax. On Wed. Dec. 1, the Cougars return on Delta flight #3800 arriving in Salt Lake City at 12.:20 p.m.

What's Next

BYU returns for one more home game against George Washington who will be making their first trip to Provo and the Marriott Center. That game is on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. It is scheduled to air live on BYU-TV. After that game, the Cougars will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to play in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational on Dec. 10 and 11. There they will battle Vanderbilt on Dec. 10 and hosts Hawaii on Dec. 11.

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