A Game At Long Beach State This Week

BYU to play at Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. PT (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

With a 7-2 record and a five-game winning streak, BYU’s women’s basketball team takes a road trip to southern California to battle the Long Beach State 49ers (2-6). Tip off is at 5:30 p.m. PT on Sat., Dec. 20.

Game Information

When:12/20/08 @:Long Beach St. Tip: 5:30 p.m. PT Arena: Walter Pyramid

Broadcast Plans

Internet: Audio streaming is available for the game via the internet at BYU Radio with Jay Monsen calling the action. A link is available by going to http://www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

Stats: Live stats through GameTracker are available as well. A link is available by logging on to the BYU women’s basketball home page at http://www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 So 8.1 3.6

22 Mindy Nielson G 5-10 So 11.7 3.0

32 Shawnee Slade F 5-11 Sr 12.4 5.0

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 So 5.8 3.9

54 Cassie King C 6-3 Sr 8.6 5.1

Off the Bench

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

23 Coriann Wood F 6-1 So 9.3 4.8

35 Kristen Riley C 6-3 Fr 3.4 3.0

14 Sarah Hostetter G/F 5-11 Sr 2.0 1.0

55 Megan Marks F 6-3 So 1.7 0.5

01 Jenteal Jackson G 5-7 Fr 1.0 0.8

24 Dani Peterson F 6-1 Fr 0.7 1.3

13 Jaime Judkins G 5-6 Jr 0.3 0.1

21 Stephanie Buhler F 6-1 Fr (rs) 0.0 0.0

2008-09 Cougar Stats Summary --

-- Shooting from the field: (.406, 217-535)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.740, 108-146)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.266, 45-169)

-- Average points per game: 65.2

-- Average assists per game: 14.8

-- Average steals per game: 9.2

-- Average blocks per game: 3.6

-- Average turnovers per game: 18.2

TEAM NOTABLES

-- With the 61-60 overtime victory over instate rival Utah St., the Cougars improved to 7-2 on the year and are on a five-game winning streak. The team is off to its best start since the 2005-06 season when BYU began the year 8-1.

-- Grabbed a season high 55 rebounds vs. Utah St., tying for second place in the programs history. Last time BYU had 55 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on 12/9/06.

-- The overtime win against USU breaks a five-season long overtime losing streak. BYU’s last overtime win came against USC on 11/29/01. BYU is now 4-1 overall when playing two overtime periods.

-- In the game vs. Weber St., shot 49.2 percent (29-49) from the field; and shot 49.0 percent (24-49) against USC in Hawaii on 12/6/08, tying for the second best field goal percentages of the season. The best field goal percentage to date is 50.0 (20-40) on 12/5/08 vs. Wright State.

-- Four players scored in double figures in the win over Weber St., making it the first time this season four players scored in double digits in back-to-back games. The team had four score in double figures vs. USC.

-- Had five blocks vs. Weber State on 12/10/08 for the second best total of the season. Had a season-high seven blocks vs. Oregon back on 11/21/08.

-- Has a 4-2 record when making at least five three pointers a game. Had five vs. Wright State and eight vs. USC. The eights vs. the Trojans are the second best of the year. Also had eight treys in the win at Nevada.

-- Dished out a season high 19 assists vs. USC. Had 18 in the home win vs. Weber St., on 12/10/08 as well as vs. SUU on 11/28/08 and vs. Oregon on 11/21/08.

-- With the 65-64 win over USC in Hawaii, BYU improved to 2-0 against Pac-10 schools this year. Head Coach Jeff Judkins is 9-4 overall against the Pac-10.

-- Had 14 steals vs. SUU for season bests.

-- In the game vs. UConn, BYU went 7-8 from the free-throw line (87 percent), the second best of the year.

-- There were 3,109 fans in attendance at the UConn game, the highest crowd of the year.

-- When the nation's No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies were in town on 11/25/08, they were the highest ranked women's basketball team to ever play in the Marriott Center and the highest ranked team that BYU has ever played.

-- In the victory at Nevada, BYU was perfect from the line in the first half going 9-9, and finished the game making 17 of 18.

-- With the 67-45 victory over Oregon on Fri., Nov. 21, coach Jeff Judkins improved to 7-1 in home openers.

-- There were 3,109 fans in attendance at the UConn game, the highest crowd of the season.

-- Team was perfect from the line in the first half going 9-9 in the game at Nevada, finishing making 17 of 18.

-- The 67-45 victory over Oregon on 11/21, improved coach Jeff Judkins record in home openers to 7-1.

PLAYER NOTABLES

Shawnee Slade:

-- scored 18 points vs. SUU on 11/28 for new season highs.

-- put up a team high 16 vs. Weber St., on 12/10 marking her sixth double digit performance of the season and 26th overall.

-- tops the list in scoring on the team with 12.4 points per contest.

-- recorded a season best eight boards vs. Utah St., on 12/13.

Mindy Nielson:

-- scored 11 points in the victory over Weber St., for her fourth double digit game of the season and 11th overall, also dished out a season-high seven assists.

-- picked up new season and career highs in points with 27 at Nevada on 11/18 and was also 9-10 from the free throw line.

Cassie King:

-- has scored 14 points twice to date for season and career bests vs. Utah St. on 12/13 and vs. USC on 12/6.

-- tops the list in the rebound category grabbing 5.1 boards a game.

Jazmine Foreman:

-- grabbed a season high eight rebounds vs. Utah St., on 12/13 five coming in the first half.

-- scored a season and career high 19 points vs. USC on 12/6 and went 4-4 from the free-throw line, two of those sealed the win in the final seconds of the contest.

-- dished out eight assists vs. Wright St., on 12/5 for new season highs and tops this category on the team with a total of 40 for a 4.44 average.

-- picked up new season and career high four steals vs. Weber St., on 12/10.

Keiliani Moeaki:

-- grabbed eight rebounds which mark a new career best vs. Utah St. on 12/13.

Coriann Wood:

-- scored 13 points vs. Utah St., on 12/13, her fifth double digit game of the year and sixth overall, the points also mark three back-to-back double figure performances on the year.

-- tallied a season and career high 15 points vs. Weber St., on 12/10 for her fourth this season and fifth double digit performance of her career. The 15 points are just one more than her 14 points scored before fouling out of the game against USC on 12/6.

Kristen Riley:

-- set a new career high nine points, vs. SUU and was 4-6 from the field.

Megan Marks:

-- eight points vs. SUU were new career highs and was perfect 4-4 from the field.

Jenteal Jackson:

-- scored four points in the win over Weber State for season and career highs.

This Week’s Cougar Opponent

Long Beach State (Dec. 20, 2008) in Long Beach, CA - 5:30 p.m.

The 49ers of Long Beach State have compiled a 2-6 overall record so far this year. They return 13 letterwinners and four starters. Two players who have started in all games during the 2008-09 campaign are scoring in double figures for LBSt. Courtney Jacob, a 5-11 junior forward, tops the list with 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. Fellow junior Whitney Fields follows with 11.1 points and she grabs a team high 7.8 boards per game. Head Coach Mary Hegarty is in her sixth season with the 49ers.

Long Beach State Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

24 Whitney Fields F 6-1 Jr 11.1 7.8

21 Courtney Jacob F 5-11 Jr 11.4 6.1

25 Brett Timmons F 6-2 Jr 3.5 3.8

05 Lynea Williams G 5-9 Sr 5.0 1.9

11 Adelle Walton G 5-7 Fr 8.5 2.3

Stat Comparison

Category BYU LBST

Points: 65.2 57.1

FG: .406 .363

FT: .740 .639

3FG: .266 .239

Reb: 35.7 41.6

Series Information

Record: Long Beach leads the overall series with a 3-0 record.

Last Meeting: March 16, 1985. These two teams have not played in over 23 years. They played in 1985 in the first round of the NCAA tournament where the 49ers won 112-85.

Travel Itinerary to Long Beach

Flight: Dec. 19 - Jet Blue# 233 departs Salt Lake City at 5:21 p.m., and arrives in Long Beach at 6:14 p.m.

Flight: Dec. 21 - Jet Blue# 232 departs from Long Beach at 8:40 a.m., and arrives in Salt Lake City at 11:27 a.m.

Team Hotel: Marriott Long Beach, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, 562-425-5210, 562-425-2744, fax.

What’s Next

The Cougars final game in 2008 is on Dec. 30 at home as they host Arkansas State in a 7 p.m. tip off. They then play one more non-conference road game at the University of Portland on Jan. 3 before the start of the MWC race.

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