(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
With a 1-0 record, BYU’s women’s basketball team takes its first road trip of the season, playing three games in the Northeast.
The three games in five days road swing begins on Tues. Nov. 13 with a first time meeting at Dartmouth. BYU then plays at Boston College on Thurs. Nov. 15 and at Harvard on Fri. Nov. 16.
After two wins in exhibition action, the Cougar women’s basketball team kicked off the 2012-13 season with a home victory over instate rival Weber State 80-55 on Friday.
Sophomore Lexi Eaton scored a game-high 24 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Kim Beeston tallied 13 points and tied the team in rebounds with seven. Morgan Bailey grabbed the other seven boards and with her 11 points rounded out the double digit scoring for the Cougars. Haley Steed dished out a game-high nine assists. Freshman Kylie Maeda, who played in her first ever college contest, recorded a game-high four steals along with four assists.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins, enters his 12th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #21 Lexi Eaton, 24.0 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #41 Morgan Bailey & #4 Kim Beeston, 7.0 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #33 Haley Steed, 9.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #15 Kylie Maeda, 4.0 spg
BYU’S PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#33 Haley Steed – (5-4 guard, GS) 6.0 ppg; 1.0 rpg; 9.0 apg
#4 Kim Parker Beeston – (5-11 guard, JR) 13.0 ppg; 7.0 rpg; 2.0 apg
#21 Lexi Eaton – (5-10 guard, SO) 24.0 ppg; 3.0 rpg; 4.0 apg
#12 Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn – (6-0 guard/forward, JR) 9.0 ppg; 6.0 rpg
#45 Keilani Unga – (6-2 forward, SR) 9.0 ppg; 2.0 rpg; 2.0
Dartmouth opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 64-53 road win at Bryant. Sophomore Kamala Thompson led the way for the Big Green with 17 points and three steals. Another sophomore, Abbey Schmitt recorded a double double with 11 points and a game high 14 boards.
Dartmouth returns seven letterwinners including four starters from last year’s team that compiled a 6-22, 4-10 record, finishing seventh in the Ivy League.
• Head coach: Chris Wielgus enters her 27the season at Dartmouth
• Team’s leading scorer: #52 Kamala Thompson, 17.0 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #31 Abbey Schmitt, 14.0 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #3 Nicola Zimmer, 5.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #52 Kamala Thompson, 3.0 spg
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Graduate student Haley Steed and senior Keilani Unga have been chosen by their teammates as co-captains for the 2012-13 season. This is Steed’s fifth straight co-captain selection.
In the preseason USA Today Sports/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll released on Oct. 30, BYU received votes. WCC foe Gonzaga also garnered votes. Last year the Cougars began receiving votes in December and were ranked as high as No. 23 in February.
Player Injury Report
Sophomore guard Stephanie Rovetti suffered a cartilage injury to her left knee in a team practice. She is out for the season.
The Cougar team remains in the Boston area playing at Boston College on Nov. 15 and at Harvard on Nov. 16. The following week they are at Arizona on Nov. 20 and at Washington State on Nov. 24.