Last Non-Conference Game Brings Portland State to Marriott Center

Head Coach Jeff Judkins talks to players during a time out in a recent game. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

On a two-game winning streak and a 6-1 home record, the Cougar women's basketball team hosts its final non-conference team. The Portland State Vikings come to Provo on Sat., Jan. 8 in a 2 p.m. tip off.

Teams: BYU (8-4) vs. Portland St. (2-9) Date: 01/08/05Time: 2 p.m. Arena: Marriott Ctr.

Follow the women's basketball action live on BYU Radio

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

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 Sr 10.3 3.3

F 32 Kristin Kozlowski 6-2 Sr 11.0 4.8

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Jr 11.3 5.8

F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10So 3.0 2.0

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 Sr 8.3 9.3

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 30 Mallary Gillespie 5-10 Fr 8.6 2.3

C 45 Dani Kubik 6-3 So 7.0 2.5

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Jr 4.7 1.9

F 50 Mary Martha Abell 6-3 Fr 2.6 2.0

G/F 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 Sr 2.6 1.4

C 52 Lauren Riley 6-3 Fr 2.3 1.8

G 13 Tiari Goold 5-7 So 1.1 0.8

G 10 Laura Stratton 5-6 Jr 0.2 0.4

2004-05 Team Stats --

4 Shooting from the field: (.435, 295-678)

4 Shooting from the free-throw line: (.723, 154-213)

4 Shooting from three-point line: (.328, 60-183)

4 Average points per game: 67.0

Lineup Update

Starters: Record:

Seljaas, Sullivan, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 6-4

Sullivan, Anderson, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 2-0

Previous Game Recap

BYU's women's basketball defeated the Bobcats of Montana St. University 80-42, Tuesday, at the Marriott Center.

The Cougars took advantage of their obvious size advantage in outrebounding the Bobcats 49-30 that included 18 offensive rebounds leading to 21 second-chance points. BYU dominated inside, scoring 32 points in the paint.

Defensively, BYU came out strong to start the game keeping Montana St., scoreless until the 16:01 mark in the first half and the Bobcats didn't score again until the 7:14 mark.

Kristen Kozlowski posted her seventh double-figure scoring game of the season with 14 points while Nancy Seljaas came off the bench to score 14 points and set a new season high. Lauren Riley also had a season and career high six rebounds. Teammate Dani Kubik playing in her second game of the year scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds.

About the Cougars

u To date, the Cougars have compiled a 8-4 record, 6-1 at home.

u The team's leading scorer is junior forward Ambrosia Anderson, who tallies 11.3 points.

u Senior forward Danielle Cheesman tops the list in the rebound category with 9.3 per game.

u Cheesman notched her third double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. Weber State on 12/30/04. It was her 10th overall.

u Cheesman joined BYU's elite 1,000 point club when she hit a three-point bucket just minutes into the Weber State game on 12/30/04. She becomes the 14th student-athlete who has reached that similar milestone during their BYU college career.

u Senior point guard Julie Sullivan is one of the team's best free throw shooter, with a percentage of .825, (33-40).

u Sullivan has scored in double figures in seven games to date.

u Sullivan was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hilton Woodland Hills Beach Classic in Malibu, Calif., on Dec. 20-21.

u Anderson picked up her first double double of the 2004-05 campaign with the 20 points and 12 rebounds against SEMO on 12/10/04.

u To date, Kristin Kozlowski has scored in double figures in seven games.

u In the past 12 games, the Cougars have shot 50 percent or better from the field three times, vs. USC on 12/18/04 (55.3, 26-47), vs. GW on 12/06/04 (50.0, 27-54) and vs. SUU on 11/19/04 (52.6, 30-57).

u Freshman Mallary Gillespie put in seven three pointers in the game vs. Nevada on 11/24/04, that's two shy of BYU's all-time record holder in three pointers, Erin Thorn. Thorn tallied nine treys vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff at a tournament in Denver on 12/14/01.

Player Injury Report

Junior forward Jennie Keele will get a medical redshirt for the rest of this season. The injury she suffered to her foot on the first day of practice is not complete healed. She's only been able to play for a few minutes at a time. To date, she's played in six games.

About Portland State University

The Vikings finish out their non-conference schedule playing the Cougars on Saturday afternoon. So far this year they've tallied a 2-9 record with wins over UC Irvine and Utah State College. Sophomore guard Heather Arns leads the Vikings in scoring with 12.5 points and a team high 5.1 rebounds a game. Heidi Stuart and Delaney Conway also contribute to Portland State's offensive effort with 9.9 points from Stuart and 9.3 from Conway. The Vikings shoot 35 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free throw line. They score 53.2 points a game and allow opponents to shoot 69.3 points per game.

Portland State Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 3 Heidi Stuart 5-9 Sr 9.9 4.5

G/F 13 Delaney Conway 6-0 Fr 9.3 4.6

G 20 Heather Arns 5-9 So 12.55.1

G 23 Jameelah Magee 5-10Sr 7.8 2.7

C 42 Carly Fromdahl 6-2 Fr 5.6 4.2

Series Record: 2-0 for BYU

Last Meeting: The two schools played last year in Portland with the cougars picking up the 82-60 win. The Vikings last played at the Marriott Center in 1988. In that game BYU beat Portland State 103-83.

Head Coach - Jeff Judkins

Overall Record: 66-39, 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 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's, and Friday's. On Tuesday's , practice time is from 1 to 3 p.m.

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.

What's Next

BYU opens the 2005 MWC campaign hosting conference foes Wyoming and Colorado State on Jan. 13 and 15.

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