On the Road Again at San Diego

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

After providing head coach Jeff Judkins his 220th win with the 80-56 home victory over Pepperdine to become the all-time winningest coach in BYU women’s basketball history, the Cougar women (15-3, 4-1) continue WCC action on the road.
This time they head to southern California to take on the University of San Diego (11-3, 2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 14 in a 2 p.m., PT tip from Jenny Craig Pavilion om the Toreros campus.

Cougar fans can follow the action from San Diego live on BYU Radio (Sirius XM-143 & @ byuradio. org). No live video or live stats will be available for the game.

2011-12 Stats Summary
- Shooting from field: (.448, 486-1085)
- Shooting from three-point line: (.360, 125-347)
- Shooting from free-throw line: (.730, 224-307)
- Average points per game: 73.4
- Average rebounds per game: 40.5
- Average assists per game: 19.3
- Average steals per game: 10.1
- Average blocks per game: 5.9
- Average turnovers per game: 16.6

About BYU
-The Cougars leading scorer is sophomore guard Kim Parker who averages 11.1 points per game.
-Kristen Riley is at the top of the leaderboard in rebounds averaging 6.4 per game.
-Haley Steed leads the way in assists and steals with 123 and 42 respectively.
-Jennifer Hamson tops the list in blocks with 38.
-Dani Peterson has the team’s best field goal percentage (.578, 52-90).
-True freshman Lexi Eaton has the team’s best free throw percentage (.886, 31-35).
-Stephanie Vermunt is the squad’s best scorer from behind the arc, shooting (.591, 26-44).

Winningest Coach in BYU History
-BYU head coach Jeff Judkins became the all-time winningest coach in BYU women’s basketball history, picking up his 220th career win when the Cougars defeated Pepperdine, 80-56 Thurs. Jan. 12, 2012. Judkins passed former BYU coach Courtney Leishman (1977-89) for the record and is now 220-111 (.665) in his 11th season as head coach of the Cougars. Leishman finished at BYU with a 219-124 (.638) record.
- Judkins picked up his 200th career victory in the 64-55 road win at CSU on 2/23/11 last  season. The win marked the fifth 20-plus win season for coach Judkins, and the second straight.

SATURDAY WCC OPPONENT
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego has compiled a 12-3, 3-0 record picking up its latest victory, an 80-58 home win over LMU. The Toreros returns eight letterwinners including two starters from last year’s squad that went 17-14, 5-9.   San Diego’s leading scorer is senior guard Dominique Conners who averages 16.1 points and grabs 5.6 rebounds. She’s followed by senior forward Morgan Woodrow who contributes 15.1 points and 5.4 boards a game. Rounding out the double digit scoring is sophomore forward Amy Kame who tallies 12.1 points and grabs the second most rebounds with a 6.0 average. Senior guard Izzy Chilcott is tops on the glass for the Toreros grabbing 6.6 boards a contest. To date, Conners has the most assists and steals with 43 and 36 respectively. San Diego averages 71.1 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. Head coach Cindy Fisher has been with the women’s basketball program for the past 12 years.

Series Breakdown
Overall Series Record: BYU leads the series 1-0
BYU Record in Provo: n/a
BYU Record in San Diego: n/a
BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0
BYU Record under coach Judkins: 1-0
BYU Record in Overtime Games: n/a

Last Meeting
These two new WCC teams played each other last season when the Toreros were participating in the Hukilau Invitational in Laie, Hawaii on the BYU-Hawaii campus. In that matchup, the Cougars picked up the 70-44 victory on Dec. 4, 2010 where Kristen Riley scored 10 points and teammate Kim Parker dished out a game high six assists. BYU started the game slow getting behind by 10 points just four minutes into the contest, but battled back closing out the first half on a 10-0 run, taking a 32-13 advantage into the locker room. The Cougars dominated the second half, going up by as much as 27 points. Jennifer Hamson and Dani Peterson came off the bench contributing seven and six points respectively in the winning effort with Hamson also grabbing five rebounds and recording one block.

San Diego Itinerary
Team Flight: Delta #2078 departs Salt Lake City on Fri., Jan. 13 at 3:05 p.m., and arrives in San Diego at 3:59 p.m.
Team Flight: Delta #2295 departs San Diego on Sun., Jan. 15 at 10:10 a.m., and arrives in Salt Lake City at 1:07 p.m.
Team Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley/Hotel Circle, 595 Hotel Circle South, 619-291-5720, 619-297-7362, fax.

What’s Next
After the game at San Diego, the Cougars take another trip to California, this time heading to Los Angeles for a game at Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Jan. 19. The team returns home for one game on Sat. Jan. 21 as they take on Portland in a 2 p.m., tip. That game airs live worldwide on BYUtv. The following week, BYU steps out of WCC action traveling to the state of Washington to battle Seattle University on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.