One Game At TCU, One At Home Against UNLV

Team tied in 1st place with TCU and SDSU. Plays at TCU Wednesday night (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

After the victory over Utah on Sat., the BYU women’s basketball team improved its league record to 5-2 and is tied in first place with TCU and SDSU.

This Wed., Feb. 3, the Cougars (14-5, 5-2) are at No. 21 TCU (15-5, 5-2) in a 6:30 p.m. tip. On Sat., Feb. 6, BYU begins the second half of MWC play hosting UNLV (9-12, 2-5) at 2 p.m.

BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 Jr 10.1 3.4

22 Mindy Bonham (Nielson) G 5-10 Jr 11.5 4.2

33 Haley Hall G 5-4 Jr 8.6 3.9

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 Jr 4.9 2.3

35 Kristen Riley C 6-3 So 8.9 5.5

2009-10 Stats Summary

-- Shooting from field: (.441, 489-1108)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.356, 131-368)

-- Shooting from free-throw line: (.650, 191-294)

-- Average points per game: 68.4

-- Average rebounds per game: 39.2

-- Average assists per game: 16.8

-- Average steals per game: 9.8

-- Average blocks per game: 3.4

-- Average turnovers per game: 17.7

Cougars in the NCAA Stats (as of Jan. 31, 2010)

Team

-- Scoring Defense - 29th (56.3)

-- Field Goal Percentage - 29th (.444)

-- Rebound Margin - 27th (+6.3)

-- Assists Per Game - 11th (16.9)

-- Assist/Turnover Ratio - 26th (0.95)

Player

-- Assist/Turnover Ratio - Haley Hall, 20th (2.18)

Team Starts MWC Race Strong

With a 5-2 record in league play, the Cougar women are off to their best start since the 2006-07 campaign when they began conference play with a 7-1 record, eventually winning the regular season crown with a 12-4 finish. That year they went on to play in the title game of the conference tournament before losing to New Mexico. The team went on to play a first round game in the NCAA Tournament.

Player Injury Report

Freshman guard Kim Parker suffered a season ending injury in the game at Weber State. She has torn ligaments in her left foot.

Sophomore guard Jenteal Jackson will apply for a medical redshirt for this year due to an on-going back problem.

Freshman To Redshirt

Stephanie Vermunt, a 6-0 freshman guard/forward from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada will redshirt the 2009-10 season.

Team Captains

Senior guard Jaime Judkins and junior point guard Haley Hall have been selected by their teammates as co-captains for the 2009-10 season.

THIS WEEK’S MWC OPPONENTS

TCU - Wed. Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT (Ft. Worth, TX) - Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

No. 20 TCU is tied with BYU and SDSU for first place in this week’s MWC standings with a 5-2, 15-5 record. The team’s two league losses were on the road at Wyoming and at New Mexico. At home they have a perfect 10-0 record and are also 3-0 in conference play. On the Horned Frogs team three players are putting up double digit points led by 15.0 from Emily Carter, 13.6 from Helena Sverrisdottir and 10.3 points from TK La Fleur. On the rebound category, Starr Crawford tops the list grabbing 9.2 boards a game. Sverrisdottir, a 6-1 junior forward, leads the team in assists and in steals with a total of 101 and 43 respectively. Jeff Mittie is in his 11th season as the women’s basketball coach at TCU.

TCU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

11 Starr Crawford F 6-0 Fr 9.9 9.2

15 Emily Carter F 6-1 Jr 15.0 3.1

04 Helena Sverrisdottir G/F 6-1 Jr 13.6 7.1

01 Antoinette Thompson G 5-7 Fr 4.1 3.3

24 Eboni Mangum G 5-8 Sr 7.0 2.5

Stat Comparison

Category BYU TCU

FG: .441 .405

3FG: .356 .356

FT: .650 .738

Points: 68.4 72.2

Reb: 39.2 41.5

Series Information

Overall Series Record: BYU leads 8-6

BYU Record in Provo: 3-3

BYU Record in Ft. Worth : 4-3

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 5-6

BYU Record in Overtime Games: N/A

Longest BYU Win Streak: 4 (2006-2007)

Longest TCU Win Streak: 3 (2007-2009)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 17, 73-56 in 2006

Largest TCU Margin of Victory: 20, 75-55 in ‘09

A Look Back at the Series during the 2009 MWC Race

TCU and BYU split the series last year in MWC action with the Cougars picking a win in Ft. Worth, and the Horned Frogs getting a victory in Provo. In the series history, BYU has a 4-3 record when playing at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Last season, the Cougars captured a 62-46 victory and were the only team to beat the Horned Frogs at home during the MWC race.

First meeting in 2009 – Fort Worth, TX on 01/13/09 Score: 62-46 for the Cougars

The BYU Cougars put up their 10th straight win after a solid victory over TCU in Fort Worth. Mindy Nielson led all scorers with 22 points. Jazmine Foreman had nine boards, to go with her nine points and six assists.

Key Stats in 1st game BYU TCU

Field Goal Percentage 25-62 (40.3%) 11-49 (22.4%)

Three-Point Percentage 5-24 (20.8%) 3-16 (18.8%)

Free-Throw Percentage 7-10 (70%) 21-27 (77.8%)

Rebounds 43 35

Second meeting in 2009 – Provo, UT on 02/14/09 Score: 55-75 for the Horned Frogs

Huge 3-point shooting from the Cougars couldn’t quite keep them on top as BYU fell to the Horned Frogs in the Marriott Center. Freshman Stephanie Buhler led BYU with a career-high nine points, all three-point shot attempts. Sophomore point guard Jazmine Foreman brought down nine rebounds to lead the Cougars. The BYU bench contributed 27 of the team’s total points, compared to TCU’s 14 bench points.

Key Stats in 2nd game BYU TCU

Field Goal Percentage 19-60 (31.7%) 22-59 (37.3%)

Three-Point Percentage 9-34 (26.5%) 9-19 (47.4%)

Free-Throw Percentage 8-11 (72.7%) 22-26 (84.6%)

Rebounds 39 44

UNLV - Sat. Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. MST (Provo, UT) - Marriott Center

UNLV has compiled a 9-12, 2-5 record placing eighth in this week’s conference standings. They host Wyoming on Tues. Feb. 2 before making the trip to Provo for Saturday’s game. Junior guard Erica Helms is one of two players on the Rebels team scoring in double figures. She’s averaging 13.2 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. Kelli Thompson, a 6-0 freshman guard/forward combo follows with 12.7 points and 4.3 boards per contest. In the rebound category, sophomore guard/forward Jamie Smith tops the list grabbing 9.5 boards per game. Helms is also the team’s assist and steals leader with a total of 76 and 39 respectively. Kathy Olivier is in her second season as UNLV’s women’s basketball coach.

UNLV Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

45 Kelli Thompson F 6-0 Fr 12.7 4.3

11 Jamie Smith G/F 6-0 So 8.6 9.5

03 Sandrine Nzeukou C 6-2 So 6.5 5.2

15 Erica Helms G 5-7 Jr 13.2 2.1

30 Mia Bell G 5-6 Fr 6.2 1.9

Stat Comparison

Category BYU UNLV

FG: .441 .367

3FG: .356 .322

FT: .650 .684

Points: 68.4 63.2

Reb: 39.2 38.0

Series Information

Overall Series Record: BYU leads 24-12

BYU Record in Provo: 13-2

BYU Record in Las Vegas: 10-9

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-1

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 14-7

BYU Record in Overtime Games: 1-2

Longest BYU Win Streak: 5 (twice, 2001-02; 2005-07)

Longest UNLV Win Streak: 3 (twice, 1975-79; 2004)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 26, 74-48 in 2005

Largest UNLV Margin of Victory: 13, 77-64 in ‘04

First Meeting this MWC Season

In the first game of the MWC 2010 season the Cougars and Rebels met in Las Vegas on Jan.6 with the visiting BYU team picking up the 10-point 71-61 victory. When playing in Provo UNLV has a 2-13 record. Their last win in the Marriott Center was during the 2003-04 when the Rebels picked up a 67-59 victory on Mar. 6, 2004.

Game Summary

Last outing between BYU and UNLV. Jan. 6, 2010, Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas. BYU won 71-61

The Cougars won their fifth straight game, first in conference, in a 71-61 victory in Vegas. They took an early 13-7 lead in the first half after back-to-back 3-pointers from Haley Hall and Jazmine Foreman. Coriann Wood finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, for her second double-double of the season.

Key Stats in 1st game BYU UNLV

Field Goal Percentage 27-65 (41.5%) 22-53 (41.5%)

Three-point Percentage 8-26 (30.8%) 5-18 (27.8%)

Free-Throw Percentage 9-12 (75%) 12-17 (70.6%)

Rebounds 40 36

COUGARS TRAVEL PLANS to TCU

Team Flight: Tues. Feb. 2 - Delta #4535 departs Salt Lake City at 10:06 a.m, and arrive in Dallas/Ft. Worth at 1:43 p.m.

Team Flight: Thurs. Feb. 4 - Delta #4745 departs Ft. Worth at 8:30 a.m, and arrive in Salt Lake City at 10:23 a.m.

Team Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Ft. Worth University Drive - 3150 Riverfront Dr., 817-335-1300, 817-336-6926, fax.

TEAM PRACTICES AT TCU

Practice: Tues. Feb. 2 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (6-8 p.m.)

Shootaround: Wed. Feb. 3 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (12-1 p.m.)

WHAT’S NEXT

After the game at TCU and the home contest vs. UNLV, the Cougar team continues the second half of MWC action playing at the Air Force Academy on Feb. 13 before returning home to host CSU on Feb. 17 and Wyoming on Feb. 20.

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