On the road at Nevada

(Photo by BYU Photo/Todd Wakefield)

With a perfect 6-0 record, the BYU women’s basketball team plays its next game on the road. The Cougar women travel to Reno to battle Nevada (4-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. PT. 

Live audio, live stats and live video streaming will be available for the game by going to the BYU women's basketball schedule page

About BYU 
The 6-0 start to the 2013-14 season is the team’s best start since the 2005-06 campaign when they went 8-0 before losing a home game to NC State. That year the Cougar women went 10-1 during their nonconference portion of the schedule. 

BYU is averaging 75 points per game, is holding opponents to 64 and it has outrebounded all but one of its opponents (tied Wash. St.).

Four Cougar players are currently scoring in double figures. BYU has recorded more blocks than all of its opponents and has dished out more assists in all but one (tied Arizona).

BYU returns nine letterwinners and two starters from last year’s team that had a 23-11 record, finished tied for third in the West Coast Conference and competed for the second straight year in the postseason WNIT.

In the coaches’ preseason poll, BYU was picked to finish fourth in the WCC regular season race behind San Diego, Saint Mary’s and league favorite Gonzaga. Senior center Jennifer Hamson was named to the preseason all-conference team, her second such honor.

• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) enters his 13th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #5 Jennifer Hamson, 19.3 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 J. Hamson, 10.2 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #4 Kim Beeston, 4.8 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #4 Beeston, 1.3 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #5 Hamson, 3.7 bpg

About Nevada 
Nevada has compiled a 4-3 record so far this season. Most recently, the team picked up a 95-87 home win over Wake Forest on Saturday. 

The Wolf Pack is averaging 79 points per game and grabbing 44 rebounds. It returns 11 letterwinners including four starters from last year’s team that tallied an 8-24 record.

Nevada was picked to finish 10th in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll. The Wolf Pack is the second of three teams the Cougars will play from the MWC this season.

• Head coach: Jane Albright (Appalachian State, 1977) 5th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #3 Danika Sharp, 13.1 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #24 Emily Burns, 7.8 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #32 Arielle Wideman, 4.1 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #32 Wideman, 1.9 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #55 Mimi Mungedi, 2.3 bpg

Series History 
BYU leads the series 6-1. When playing in Reno BYU is 2-1 

Last Meeting 
These two teams met last on Dec. 22, 2011 in Provo when BYU defeated Nevada 84-53. In that matchup, the Cougars were led in scoring by Kristen Riley who put up 17 points. Also scoring in that contest were three current players. Kim Beeston (Parker) contributed 11, with Jennifer Hamson and Lexi Eaton tallying 10 points each. Hamson finished the game with 10 rebounds recording her first double-double of that season and the second of her career. She also had three blocks while Eaton swiped four steals. The Cougars shot 59.3 percent from the field and held the Wolf Pack to 32.1 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers. BYU enjoyed a 44-22 advantage at halftime, then went on a 20-4 run in the first nine minutes of the second half to take a 64-26 lead and never looked back. 

Up Next 
After the game at Nevada, the Cougar team continues its nonconference portion of the 2013-14 season on the road playing at Creighton on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. CT. 

The Cougar women then take a short trip to Ogden to play Weber State on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

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