No. 2 Seed BYU awaits Semifinal Opponent

BYU finished the MWC regular season in second place and are the No. 2 at the MWC Champs. Team plays Fri., at 2:30 p.m. PT (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

With a (20-8, 11-5) record and a second place finish in the 2010 MWC regular season, BYU’s women’s basketball team prepares for the MWC Championships.

As the No. 2 seed, the Cougars get a bye into the semifinals of the MWC tournament and will play Fri. Mar. 12 at 2:30 p.m. PT. at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Their opponent could be Wyoming or San Diego State. During the MWC campaign, BYU split the series with Wyoming and San Diego State.

BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 Jr 9.8 3.2

22 Mindy Bonham (Nielson) G 5-10 Jr 11.4 4.3

33 Haley Hall G 5-4 Jr 8.8 3.8

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 Jr 4.7 2.1

35 Kristen Riley C 6-3 So 8.4 5.8

2009-10 Stats Summary

-- Shooting from field: (.426, 693-1627)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.362, 199-550)

-- Shooting from free-throw line: (.656, 257-392)

-- Average points per game: 65.8

-- Average rebounds per game: 38.0

-- Average assists per game: 16.7

-- Average steals per game: 9.4

-- Average blocks per game: 3.5

-- Average turnovers per game: 17.0

Cougars in the NCAA Stats (as of Mar. 8, 2010)

Team

-- Assists Per Game - 12th (16.8)

-- Assist/Turnover Ratio - 22nd (0.99)

-- Three-Point Field Goals Per Game - 27th (7.1)

-- Three-Point Field Goal Percentage - 28th (36.2)

-- Scoring Defense - 31st (56.6)

Player

-- Assist/Turnover Ratio - Haley Hall, 16th (2.15)

Team Has Strong Showing In The MWC 2009-10 Race

With a 11-5 record in league play, the Cougar women had great success during the 2010 campaign clinching second place. BYU was picked to finish sixth in the conference.

2010 MWC Postseason Honors

Mindy Bonham - Second Team All-MWC

Mindy Bonham - All-Defensive Team

Jazmine Foreman - All-Defensive Team

Jazmine Foreman - Honorable Mention All-MWC

Coriann Wood - 6th Player of the Year

Coriann Wood - Honorable Mention All-MWC

Haley Hall - Honorable Mention All-MWC

Kristen Riley - Honorable Mention All-MWC

BYU HISTORY IN MWC CHAMPIONSHIP

-- The Cougar women have advanced to the championship game in six of the 10 years of the conference tournaments. BYU won the title in 2002 defeating UNLV 61-46 at the Thomas & Mack Center. That same year, the team went on to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.

-- BYU has never entered the MWC Championships lower than the six seed.

-- During last year’s MWC tournament in Las Vegas, the Cougars entered the tournament as the No.6 seed after being tied with Wyoming for fifth place in the MWC regular season. But, because of tie-breaker procedures they were the No. 6 seed. The Cougars fell to UNLV 58-66 in the first round.

Overall MWC Tournament Record: 14-9 (.643)

Championships won: One (2002)

Head Coach Jeff Judkins record in MWC Championships: 10-7 in eight appearances

Record vs. MWC Foes in conference tournament (entering 2010 Championship)

Team Record

Air Force Academy: 1-0

Colorado State: 3-1

New Mexico: 1-3

San Diego State: 1-0

TCU: 1-0

UNLV: 3-2

Utah: 3-3

Wyoming: 1-0

POSSIBLE MWC OPPONENT AT MWC CHAMPIONSHIPS

BYU AND WYOMING IN MWC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Cougars and Cowgirls have only met once in the league tournament. The first round matchup was on Mar. 6, 2002 with BYU getting the 82-69 win at the Thomas & Mack Center.

WYOMING - The team finished the 2010 MWC season tied with New Mexico for fifth place with a 9-7 league record. Three Cowgirls are scoring in double digits led by junior forward Hillary Carlson who scores 15.1 points a game and grabs 6.4 boards. She’s followed by Aubrey Vandiver who contributes 14.1 points and grabs a team high 9.9 boards per contest. Rounding out the double figure scoring is sophomore forward Emma Langford’s 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. She also has the most assists on the team with a total of 90 while Vandiver tops the list in the steals category with a total of 46 to date. Head coach Joe Legerski is in his seventh year with the Wyoming program.

Wyoming Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

14 Jade Kennedy F 6-1 Jr 7.3 5.0

21 Emma Langford F 6-2 So 11.9 4.1

41 Hillary Carlson F 6-3 Jr 15.1 6.4

03 Randi Richardson G 5-7 Jr 4.4 2.3

20 Aubrey Vandiver G 5-11 Jr 14.1 9.9

Stat Comparison

Category BYU WY

FG: .426 .422

3FG: .362 .393

FT: .656 .704

Points: 6.8 67.9

Reb: 38.0 38.6

Series Information

Overall Series Record: BYU leads 47-21

BYU Record in Provo: 18-8

BYU Record in Laramie: 19-13

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 3-0

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 11-8

BYU Record in Overtime Games: 1-2

Longest BYU Win Streak: 17 (1978-1987)

Longest Wyoming. Win Streak: 3 (1989-1990)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 39, 99-60 in ‘84

Largest Wyoming Margin of Victory: 19, 75-56 in ‘05

How They Fared in 2010 MWC Campaign

BYU and Wyoming split the series this season with each team winning on its home court.

BYU AND SDSU IN MWC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Cougars and Aztecs have compiled a 1-0 record in the conference tournament. The two schools only meeting in the league championships was during the 2000 campaign. On Mar. 8, BYU picked up the 78-37 win in first round action from the Thomas & Mack Center.

SAN DIEGO STATE -

The team finished the 2010 MWC race tied with Utah for third place with a 10-6 record. Currently, three players are scoring in double digits for SDSU led by seniors Jene Morris and Quenese Davis. Morris tops the list with 16.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while Davis contributes 12.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and a team high 5.3 assists per contest. Junior center Paris Johnson rounds out the double figure scoring with 11.5 points and 6.4 boards. Jessika Bradley leads the way in rebounds grabbing 6.5 boards per game with Morris having the most steals on the team with 82. Head coach Beth Burns is in her 13th season with the Aztecs women’s basketball program.

San Diego State Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

01 Jessika Bradley F 6-3 Jr 7.3 6.5

32 Paris Johnson C 6-4 Jr 11.5 6.4

02 Coco Davis G 5-9 Jr 5.4 4.2

03 Quenese Davis G 5-10 Sr 12.4 5.5

05 Jene Morris G 5-9 Sr 16.3 2.7

Stat Comparison

Category BYU SDSU

FG: .426 .443

3FG: .362 .337

FT: .656 .692

Points: 65.8 65.0

Reb: 38.0 36.6

Series Information

Overall Series Record: BYU leads 26-13

BYU Record in Provo: 15-3

BYU Record in San Diego: 10-10

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 14-4

BYU Record in Overtime Games: N/A

Longest BYU Win Streak: 13 (2001-2007)

Longest SDSU Win Streak: 3 (twice, ‘95-’96; ‘81-’91)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 32, 82-50 in 2004

Largest SDSU Margin of Victory: 26, 85-59 in 1996

How They Fared in 2010 MWC Campaign

BYU and San Diego State split the series this season with each team winning on its home court.

TEAM TRAVEL

Team Flight: (Thurs. Mar. 11) Southwest Airlines Flight# 154 departs Salt Lake City at 10:50 a.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m.

Team Flight: (Sun. Mar. 14) Southwest Airlines Flight # 770 departs Las Vegas at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Salt Lake City at 12:50 p.m.

Team Hotel: Green Valley Ranch - 2300 Paseo Valley Parkway, 702-617-7777, 702-617-7738, fax.

TEAM PRACTICES IN LAS VEGAS

Thurs. Mar. 11 - Team will practice from 3 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., at Cox Pavilion

Fri. Mar. 12 - Team shootaround from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., Thomas & Mack Center

Sat. Mar. 13 - Team shootaround from 9 am. to 9:55 a.m., Thomas & Mack Center

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