Second Half of MWC Schedule Begins

Cougar team set to play second half of MWC race, hosts TCU on Feb. 14 (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

To start the second half of the 2009 league race, the Cougar women’s hoops squad takes its (15-5, 5-3) record on the road to Ft. Collins to battle CSU (7-15, 2-7) on Wed. Feb. 10 in a 7 p.m. tip. The team returns to the Marriott Center to host TCU (14-8, 6-3) on Sat., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.

Game Information

When:2/11/09 Where: @ CSU Tip: 7 p.m. MST Arena: Moby

When:2/14/09 Where: vs. TCU Tip: 3 p.m. MST Arena: Marriott Ctr.

Broadcast Plans

Television: The game between BYU and TCU on Feb. 14 will air live worldwide on BYUTV. Jarom Jordan and Cougar standout Kristen Kozlowski will call the action.

Internet: Live audio streaming is available for both games via the internet at BYU Radio with Jay Monsen calling the action. A link is available by going to http://www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

Stats: Live stats through GameTracker are available as well. A link is available by logging on to the BYU women’s basketball home page at http://www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 So 7.3 3.7

22 Mindy Nielson G 5-10 So 11.1 4.2

32 Shawnee Slade F 5-11 Sr 10.2 4.1

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 So 6.4 3.6

54 Cassie King C 6-3 Sr 7.0 5.7

Off the Bench

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

23 Coriann Wood F 6-1 So 7.4 4.9

35 Kristen Riley C 6-3 Fr 3.9 3.4

14 Sarah Hostetter G/F 5-11 Sr 2.9 0.9

24 Dani Peterson F 6-1 Fr 1.7 1.7

55 Megan Marks F 6-3 So 1.5 1.5

21 Stephanie Buhler F 6-1 Fr (rs) 1.5 0.1

13 Jaime Judkins G 5-6 Jr 1.0 0.2

01 Jenteal Jackson G 5-7 Fr 0.8 0.7

2008-09 Cougar Stats Summary --

-- Shooting from the field: (.389, 462-1189)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.715, 201-281)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.282, 98-348)

-- Average points per game: 61.2

-- Average assists per game: 13.9

-- Average steals per game: 9.7

-- Average blocks per game: 3.7

-- Average turnovers per game: 17.3

This Week’s MWC Opponents

Colorado State (Feb. 11, 2009) in Ft. Collins, CO - 7 p.m. (MST)

In the first half of MWC play, CSU compiled a 2-7 league record, are in seventh place in this week’s standings, and have a 7-15 overall record. Topping the list in scoring for the Rams is Kandy Beemer who scores 8.0 points and grabs 2.1 boards per contest. Scoring 7.9 points and 7.3 points respectively are Britney Minor and Kim Mesdagh. The team’s leading rebounder is Amaka Uzomah who grabs 7.2 rebounds a game. Leading the way in assists is Zoi Simmons who’s dished out a total of 36 to date while Minor has the most steals on the team with 25. This is coach Kristen Holt’s first season with the Rams.

Colorado State Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

11 Meghan Heimstra F 6-2 Fr 4.5 3.3

13 Britney Minor F/G 5-10 Sr 7.9 4.1

35 Juanise Cornell F 5-10 Jr 7.1 5.4

15 Kandy Beemer G 5-5 Sr 8.0 2.1

23 Zoi Simmons G 5-6 So 5.7 3.2

Stat Comparison

Category BYU CSU

Points: 61.2 58.7

FG: .389 .353

FT: .715 .657

3FG: .282 .316

Reb: 37.8 41.1

Series Information

Record: BYU leads the series 48-23

Last Meeting: The Cougars beat the Rams 61-43 in the first contest this season when BYU hosted CSU on 1/10/09. In Ft. Collins, the Cougars have a 16-14 record beating CSU 60-39 last year at Moby Arena on 1/12/08.

In 2009 - Provo, Utah on 1/10/09

Score: 61-43 in favor of BYU

The BYU women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Colorado State, 61-43, in the team’s MWC opener. Senior Shawnee Slade led the Cougars with 16 points, while Keilani Moeaki added 10 points to the effort. The Cougar defense helped boost the team, forcing 23 turnovers and out-rebounding the Rams, 40-36. Slade’s 16 points were a game-high mark, and Cassie King had eight rebounds.

Key Stats in 1st Game BYU CSU

Field Goal Percentage: 22-of-57 (39%) (13-of-50) 26%

Free-Throw Percentage: 11-of-14 (79%) 12-of-17 (71%)

Three-point Percentage: 6-of-18 (33%) 5-of-18 (28%)

Rebounds: 40 36

TCU (Feb. 14, 2009) in Provo, UT - 3 p.m. (MST)

The Horned Frogs come to Provo with a 6-3 league and 14-8 overall record and are in third place in the league standings. They host UNLV on Tues., Feb. 10 before traveling to Provo. Three players are scoring in double digits for TCU led by Helena Sverrisdottir’s 16.2 points and a team high 7.0 rebounds per game, and has dished out a record 111 assists on the season. She’s followed by TK LaFleur who puts in 14.5 points, grabs 5.4 boards a game and has a strong defensive presence getting 48 steals to date. Rounding out the double scoring threat is Emily Carter who contributes 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. Head Coach Jeff Mittie is in his 10th season with TCU.

TCU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

15 Emily Carter F 6-1 So 11.4 3.6

41 Rachel Renschler F 6-2 So 8.8 5.3

42 Michah Garoutte F 6-2 So 6.6 4.2

04 Helena Sverrisdottir F 6-1 So 16.2 7.0

12 TK LaFleur G 5-8 Jrr 14.5 5.4

Stat Comparison

Category BYU TCU

Points: 61.2 71.9

FG: .389 .420

FT: .715 .776

3FG: .282 .389

Reb: 37.8 37.0

Series Information

Record: BYU leads the series 8-5

Last Meeting: In the first time these two MWC foes played, the Cougars grabbed the 62-46 victory in Ft. Worth on 1/13/09. When playing at the Marriott Center, the Horned Frogs have a 2-3 record, winning last in Provo, a 72-61 victory on 3/8/08.

In 2009 - Ft. Worth, TX on 1/13/09

Score: 62-46 in favor of BYU

Consistently strong defense and another strong offensive performance from Mindy Nielson helped BYU win their tenth-straight game, as they beat TCU 62-46 in Fort Worth. Nielson led all scorers with 22 points. Guard Jazmine Foreman had nine boards, a new career high, to go with her nine points and six assists. Stephanie Buhler went 2-of-7 from the three-point arc; her six points also tied a career-high.

Key Stats in 1st game BYU TCU

Field Goal Percentage: 25-of-62 (40%) (11-of-49) 22%

Free-Throw Percentage: 7-of-10 (70%) 21-of-27 (71%)

Three-point Percentage: 5-of-24 (21%) 3-of-16 (19%)

Rebounds: 43 35

Travel Itinerary

Team Flight: Delta flight #4536 departs Tues., Feb. 10 from Salt Lake City at 5 p.m., and arrives in Denver at 6:35 p.m. The team will then bus to Ft. Collins.

Team Flight: Delta flight #4425 departs Thurs., Feb. 12 from Denver at 8:45 a.m., and arrives in Salt Lake City at 10:19 a.m.

Team Hotel: Marriott Ft. Collins, 350 East Horsetooth Road, 970-226-5200, 970-282-0561, fax.

What’s Next

After the home game against TCU on Valentine’s Day, the Cougars travel to Albuquerque to battle the New Mexico Lobos on Tues., Feb. 17. The team then returns home to host UNLV on Sat., Feb. 21 and SDSU on Wed., Feb. 24 before traveling to Salt Lake City to take on instate rival Utah on Sat., Feb. 28.

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