(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU women’s basketball continues West Coast Conference action this week with two games. The Cougars (13-6, 4-2) host Saint Mary’s (14-5, 6-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. MST, in the Marriott Center where they are undefeated with a 9-0 record. BYU then travels to play at Santa Clara (12-8, 4-3) Saturday at 2 p.m. PST. Thursday’s game can be seen live on BYUtv while the road game at Santa Clara can be heard live on BYU Radio.
GAME PROMOTIONS - Saint Mary's
Kid's Night - Children 12 and under are FREE
Activities include face painting, photo booth and balloon animals
The team has outrebounded its opponents in 13 of the games played. The BYU bench has outscored the opponent’s bench 386-238. When comparing points in the paint, the Cougars have scored 510 points to 418 from opponents.
BYU has enjoyed a halftime lead in all but four games to date (at USF, at Gonzaga, vs. Seattle and at Washington State). In only four contests (at USF, at Gonzaga, at Boston College and at Washington State) the Cougars did not record more assists than their opponents. Balanced scoring has added to the team’s success this year. To date, three players have put up double figures in points in nine games and four players finished with double digit scoring in three games.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ’78), enters his 12th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #5 Jennifer Hamson, 10.9 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Hamson, 7.6 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #33 Haley Steed, 7.7 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #33 Steed, 2.1 spg
BYU’S PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#33 Haley Steed– (5-4 guard, GS.) 9.6 ppg; 4.2 rpg; 7.7 apg
#4 Kim Parker Beeston– (5-11 guard, Jr.) 10.6 ppg; 3.8 rpg; 2.2 apg
#12 Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn – (6-0 guard/forward, Jr.) 6.3 ppg; 2.4 rpg; 1.1 apg
#45 Keilani Unga– (6-2 forward, Sr.) 5.6 ppg; 4.1 rpg; 0.9 apg
#5 Jennifer Hamson– (6-7 center, Jr.) 10.9 ppg; 7.6 rpg; 0.4 apg
Saint Mary’s Capsule
The Gaels have compiled a 14-5, 6-1 record to date. Saint Mary’s only league loss to date was at home vs. San Diego on Jan. 17. On this year’s team, the Gaels return 10 letterwinners including three starters from last year’s team that went 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
• Head coach: Paul Thomas enters his seventh year with Saint Mary’s
• Team’s leading scorer: #3 Jackie Nared, 18.4 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #54 Danielle Maulding, 11.4 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #24 Morgan Hatten, 3.3 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #54 Maulding, 1.4 spg
The series is tied 1-1.
In last year’s WCC competition, these two teams split the series with each winning on its home court. At Saint Mary’s on Dec. 31, the Gaels defeated the Cougars 54-48. Senior Kristen Riley led the way for BYU with game highs in points (17) and rebounds (11) marking her second double-double of the season. Kim Parker Beeston also recorded double digits in scoring with 10 while Haley Steed dished out a team- and game-high five assists. For the game, the Cougars shot 33 percent from the field, 71 percent from the free throw line and went 6 of 21 from 3-point range. Saint Mary’s outrebounded BYU 43-31.
On Feb. 4, when the Gaels made their first ever appearance in the Marriott Center, the Cougar beat Saint Mary’s 83-47 in a game that saw every player on the BYU roster get playing time. Jennifer Hamson came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points and in rebounds with nine. Riley finished the game with 15 points and six boards. Steed dished out a game-best 10 assist. In this contest, the Cougars bettered their field goal percentage, this time shooting 47 percent. In this matchup as in the previous game, the Gaels had more rebounds grabbing 43 to 35.
Santa Clara Capsule
Santa Clara has compiled a 12-8 record going 4-3 in league action. They play at San Diego on Thursday night before hosting the Cougars Saturday afternoon. The Broncos return four starters from last year’s team that compiled a 12-18 record and finished in sixth place in the WCC with a 5-11 mark.
• Head coach: Jennifer Mountain is in her fourth season with Santa Clara
• Team’s leading scorer: #4 Ricki Radanovich, 11.6 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #32 Lindsay Leo, 7.3 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #12 Nici Gilday, 2.9 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #4 Radanovich, 2.1 spg
The Cougars lead the series 4-1.
The Cougars swept the series with the Broncos last season getting a 74-64 win at Santa Clara on Jan. 28, and then picking up an 84-57 victory in Provo on Feb. 23. In the contest at Santa Clara, BYU had five players score in double figures. When the Broncos were in Provo, five Cougars once again finished with double digits in points on the night that the team’s three seniors were recognized.
WCC action continues with BYU hosting San Diego on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. MST, before taking a road trip to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday, Feb. 9.