Second Road Trip Takes BYU To New York and New Jersey

Cougar Team Is BY Head Coach Jeff Judkins (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

On a three-game winning streak, the BYU women's basketball team takes its second road trip in November this time to play at first-time opponents Stony Brook and Seton Hall. The Cougars (3-0) play at Stony Brook University (2-0) on Wed., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Then on Sat., Dec. 3 they go up against Seton Hall University (2-2) at 2 p.m.

Teams:BYU(3-0) vs.SBU (2-0) Date: 11/30/05 Time: 7 p.m.(EST) Arena:SB Sports Complex

Teams:BYU(3-0) vs.SHU (2-2) Date: 12/03/05 Time: 2 p.m.(EST) Arena:Walsh Gymnasium

Follow the women's basketball action live on BYU Radio

All of the women's basketball games can be heard on BYU radio via the internet at www.byuradio.org Veteran BYU broadcaster Jay Monsen calls the action. Fans can also access BYU Radio on the Dish Network.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 30 Mallary Gillespie 5-10 So 10.73.3

F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 Jr 4.0 4.3

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Sr 24.0 10.0

C 45 Dani Kubik 6-3 Jr 12.3 5.7

G/F 15 Jennie Keele 5-10 Jr 4.3 4.0

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Sr 1.7 1.3

G 10 Laura Stratton 5-6 Sr 2.0 1.5

G 23 Brit Brown 5-7 So 1.0 0.5

G 24 Vanessa Hutson 5-8 Fr 3.7 2.0

G/F 32 Shawnee Slade 5-11 Fr 2.3 1.0

F 41 Brittany Faddis 6-0 Fr 1.0 0.5

C 52 Lauren Riley 6-3 So 6.7 7.3

2005-06 Team Stats --

-- Shooting from the field: (.449, 80-178)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.661 , 37-56)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.449, 22-55)

-- Average points per game: 73.0

Player Notables in 2005-06

-- Leading scorer: Ambrosia Anderson - 24.0 ppg

-- Leading rebounder: Ambrosia Anderson - 10.0 rpg

-- Assist leader: Mallary Gillespie - 4.0 per game

-- Blocks leader: J. Keele & L. Riley - 2 to date (each)

-- Steals leader: A. Anderson, D. Kubik, M. Johnsen - 5 to date (each)

Anderson Picks Up MWC Player of the Week Honor

Ambrosia Anderson was named the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, marking her first career honor.

Anderson led the Cougars to a 71-67 road victory over Pac-10 foe UCLA and a 72-39 routing of UC Santa Barbara.ý She started both games and tallied a career-high 26 points and nine rebounds against the Bruins. In the home opener against UCSB, Anderson tallied 21 points and pulled down 12 boards, marking her first double-double of the season, and seventh overall.

For her performance in the week, Anderson averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.ý She shot 61.3 percent from the field (19-for-31) and was 6-for-10 from beyond the arc (.600).ý

Last Game

A quick start in the first half fueled by Mallary Gillespie gave the Cougars (3-0) enough of a cushion to fend off the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara (0-3) on their way to a 72-39 victory Saturday night in the Marriott Center.

Gillespie came out with a hot hand, scoring 14 points in the first seven and a half minutes on 4 for 4 shooting from three-point range and adding a field goal. BYU's offense followed Gillespie's lead through the first half, shooting 52 percent from the field and 62 percent from behind the arc as they went into the locker room at halftime with a 41-20 lead. Gillespie finished the game with a season-best 20 points, including a season-high six three-pointers. Head coach Jeff Judkins said it was great to see Gillespie pour in the points since she had not scored much in the previous two games even though she played solid.

After the explosive first half, the Cougars came out sluggish to start the second and allowed the Gauchos to go on an 11-3 run and pull within 13 points at 44-31. That was as close as the Gauchos would get, however, as the BYU defense shut the Gauchos down from that point on, forcing 18 turnovers on the evening and holding UCSB to 24 percent shooting from the field.

Complimenting Gillespie's great first half and BYU's tough second-half defense, Ambrosia Anderson got into the mix and racked up her first double-double of the season and seventh of her career, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The great scoring from Gillespie and Anderson and strong team defense allowed Judkins to play everyone on his bench, including freshman Cassie King, who was going to redshirt but will now play this season.

Player Injury Report

Junior center Dani Kubik sprained her left ankle in the game against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 26 and is listed as probable for Wednesday night's game at Stony Brook.

Sophomore forward Mary Martha Abell, from Monroe, Louisiana suffered a torn ACL injury to her knee in the exhibition game against Westminster College on Nov. 1. She will use this season as an injury redshirt year.

Head Coach - Jeff Judkins

Overall Record: 80-46, in his fifth season at BYU.

An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins played basketball for the University of Utah Utah from 1974-78. While playing for the Utes, he helped the team win one conference championship and two berths in the NCAA Tournament.

He was a second-team academic All-American and three-time first-team District VII academic selection. Judkins earned three first-team All-WAC honors and was a member of the 1977 United States World Games team that captured the gold medal.

He played five years in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz. He was a second-round pick by the Celtics in 1978, the same year the Celtics selected Larry Bird with the sixth pick overall.

After his NBA career, he returned to the U of U in 1989, and remained with the men's program for 10 years. Judkins, a Salt Lake City native, graduated from Utah in 1978 with a degree in health and physical education. He is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Mary Kay, are the parents of five children: Jessica (25), Jordan (23), Jenna (21), Jaime (18), Jaxson (15).

This Week's Cougar Opponents

Stony Brook University

The Seawolves have compiled a 2-0 record to date with wins against Bucknell and Quinnipiac University. Stony Brook currently has three players scoring in double figures with junior guard Mykeema Ford leading the way at 19.0 points per game. Junior forward/center Jessica Smith follows with 18.0points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She's followed by Dana Ferraro who is averaging 10.5 points and tops the rebound category grabbing 11.5 boards a game. The Seawolves are averaging an impressive 84 points per game while holding opponents to just 66.5 points. The team is shooting 48 percent from the field, 65 percent at the free throw line and 45 percent from behind the arc.

Stony Brook Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 3 Dana Ferraro 6-1 So 10.5 11.5

C 33 Jessica Smith 6-0 Jr 18.0 7.5

G 01 Sidney Orndorff 5-8 Jr 7.5 1.5

G 10 Mykeema Ford 5-8 Jr 19.0 3.5

G 14 Jessica Boylan 5-10 Sr 3.5 2.0

Series Record: 0-0

Last time: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Seton Hall University

After playing four games so far this season Seton Hall has a 2-2 record. They hosted the Basketball Classic where they lost to Florida but beat St. Francis. Then they competed at the Florida International Tournament and defeated American University but then lost to hosts Florida International. The Pirates are led in scoring by Monique Blake who's averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard/forward Heta Korpivaara from Finland is contributing with 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Seton Hall is shooting 38 percent from the field, 65 percent at the free throw line and 26 percent from three point range. As a team, they are averaging 54.8 points per game.

Seton Hall University Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 3 Shantel Brown 5-7 Fr 9.0 4.0

F 11 Monique Blake 6-0 Jr 11.0 10.3

F/G 14 Heta Korpivaara 6-2 Jr 10.3 3.5

G 21 Keri Shutz 5-7 Sr 1.5 1.5

F 34 Julie Costello 6-2 Sr 4.5 5.8

Series Record: 0-0

Last time: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Team Travel Plans

The Cougars depart for New York on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Delta flight#1862, arriving at 4:21 p.m.

Hotel (Long Island): Holiday Inn Express, 3131 Nesconset Highway, Centereach, Long Island, 631-471-8000, 631-471-8623 fax.

Hotel (Teaneck NJ): Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd., 201-836-0600, 201-836-0638, fax.

BYU returns to Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Delta flight #1889, arriving at 10:33 a.m.

Up Next

After the two road games in the northeast, the Cougars play one more road game at UC Riverside on Dec. 7. The then return home to host Northern Arizona on Dec. 10 in a 2 p.m., tip off.

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