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In-state Rival Utah Up Next

Head Coach Jeff Judkins is in his fifth year at the helm of the women's program (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

With one league win under their belts, the Cougar women continue their quest for an MWC regular season title with a Saturday afternoon game in Salt Lake City against instate rival Utah. Tip off is set for 2 p.m., from the Huntsman Center.

Teams:BYU(11-1,1-0) @ Utah (9-3, 0-1) Date: 01/07/06 Time: 2 p.m. Arena: Huntsman Ctr.

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Utes and Cougars Game to air Live on CSTV

Saturday afternoon's game in Salt Lake City between the University of Utah and BYU will air live on CSTV nationwide.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G/F 15 Jennie Keele 5-10 Jr 5.0 3.9

G 30 Mallary Gillespie 5-10 So 9.8 3.8

F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 Jr 4.6 4.6

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Sr 20.7 8.7

C 45 Dani Kubik 6-3 Jr 8.4 5.5

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Sr 3.8 1.5

G 10 Laura Stratton 5-6 Sr 0.9 0.7

G 23 Brit Brown 5-7 So 0.6 0.3

G 24 Vanessa Hutson 5-8 Fr 2.8 1.5

G/F 32 Shawnee Slade 5-11 Fr 3.3 1.6

F 41 Brittany Faddis 6-0 Fr 1.1 0.4

C 52 Lauren Riley 6-3 So 6.8 6.3

2005-06 Team Stats --

-- Shooting from the field: (.423, 310-733)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.618 , 128-207)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.321, 68-212)

-- Average points per game: 68.0

Notables in 2005-06

-- Leading scorer: Ambrosia Anderson - 20.7 ppg

-- Leading rebounder: Ambrosia Anderson - 8.7 rpg

-- Assist leader: Mallary Gillespie- 3.25 apg

-- Blocks leader(s): A. Anderson and Lauren Riley- 7to date

-- Steals leader: Melinda Johnsen - 27 to date, 2.25 spg

-- BYU continues its best record and start in school history. During the 2002-03 season they went 5-0 through the first five games before the team's first loss.

-- BYU has outrebounded its opponents in 10 of 12 games to date

By The Numbers

1 game where the Cougars have shot at least 50 percent, vs. NAU, 50.8

2 games where four players have scored in double figures (@ Stony Brook and @ UC Riverside)

10 games where BYU has outrebounded opponents

10 games in which two players have scored in double figures

34 biggest margin of victory, vs. NAU 82-48

Cougar Honors To Date

Ambrosia Anderson was named the M WC Player of the Week on Nov. 28, 2005

MWC Pre Season Poll

Cougars Picked To Finish 6th In PreSeason Poll

Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Points

1. Utah (23) 214

2. New Mexico (2) 180

3. TCU (1) 164

4. UNLV 137

5. Colorado State 117

6. BYU 107

7. Wyoming 90

8. San Diego State 45

9. Air Force 31



Category Place Place

Scoring Offense 3rd, 68.0 ppg

Scoring Defense 2nd, 53.0 ppg

Scoring Margin 1st, +15.0

Free Throw Pct. 9th, .615 (128-208)

Field Goal Pct. 3rd, .423 (310-733)

Field Goal Pct. Def. 1st, .347 (233-672)

3-Point FG Pct. 5th, .321, (68-212)

3-Point FG Pct. Def. 2nd, .238, (41-172)

Rebounding Offense 1st, 43.8

Rebounding Defense 5th, 36.4

Rebounding Margin 3rd, +7.4

Assists 2nd, 15.17

Blocked Shots 9th, 2.42

Steals 3rd, 10.33

Turnover Margin 4th, +1.58

Assist/Turnover Ratio 5th, 0.85

Offensive Rebounds 4th, 14.50

Defensive Rebounds 1st, 29.33

3-Point FG's Made 3rd, 5.67

Category Name Place

Scoring Ambrosia Anderson 1st, 20.7

Scoring Mallary Gillespie 23rd, 9.8

Scoring Dani Kubik 30th, 8.4

Rebounding Ambrosia Anderson 2nd, 8.7

Rebounding Lauren Riley 11th, 6.1

Rebounding Dani Kubik 16th, 5.5

Field Goal Pct. Lauren Riley 2nd, ..529 (37-70)

Field Goal Pct. Dani Kubik 4th, .519 (41-79)

Field Goal Pct. Ambrosia Anderson 7th, .465 (99-213)

Assists Mallary Gillespie 10th, 3.25

Assists Melinda Johnsen 11th, 3.17

Steals Melinda Johnsen 6th, 2.25

3-Point FG Pct. Ambrosia Anderson 6th, .410 (25-61)

3-Point FG Pct. Mallary Gillespie 11th, .338 (22-65)

3-Point FG Made Ambrosia Anderson 5th, 2.08

3-Point FG Made Mallary Gillespie 8th, 1.83

Assist/Turnover Ratio Melinda Johnsen 5th, 1.58

Assist/Turnover Ratio Mallary Gillespie 6th, 1.56

Offensive Rebounds Dani Kubik 8th(t), 2.50

Offensive Rebounds Ambrosia Anderson 11th(t),2.25

Offensive Rebounds Lauren Riley 11th(t), 2.25

Defensive Rebounds Ambrosia Anderson 1st, 6.42

Defensive Rebounds Lauren Riley 13th(t), 4.08

Player Injury Repor

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: 88-47, 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).

Saturday's Cougar Opponent

University of Utah

No. 22 ranked University of Utah is currently 9-3 , 0-1 on the season. The team returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 26-8 overall and tied for first place with a 12-2 conference record. Elaine Elliott begins her 23rd year at the helm of the Utes program. Seniors Kim Smith and Shona Thorburn lead the Utes in scoring with 18.2 points from Smith and 12.4 for Thorburn. The duo also top the list in the rebound category with 7.2 and 6.0 boards per game respectively. The University of Utah is shooting 40 percent from the field, 69 percent at the free throw line and 32 percent when shooting from behind the arc. They are holding opponents to just 55.6 points while they score 66.4points per game.

Utah Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 04 Kim Smith 6-1 Sr 18.27.2

F 45 Jessica Perry 6-3 Fr 6.3 5.3

G 10 Shona Thorburn 5-10 Sr 12.0 6.0

G 21 Julie Larsen 5-4 Sr 8.6 1.3

G 32 Joh-Teena Filipe 6.1 Fr 4.3 4.1

Series Record: 30-53 for Utah

Last time: The two instate rivals and conference foes played three times last season with Utah getting all three wins, 61-53 in Provo on 1/29/05, then a 10 -point 68-58 victory in Salt Lake City on 2/24/05 and then finally in the semifinals of last year's conference championship in Denver, a 64-48 win for the Utes.

At the Huntsman Center, the Cougars have a 7-36 record. BYU's last victory was on 1/26/02, a 77-65 Cougar win. It was the same year that BYU went to the Sweet Sixteen and it was also Coach Judkins' first year as head coach.

Up Next

The MWC race continues with one game this week. BYU hosts UNLV on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., before taking a road trip to Laramie for a contest against the Cowgirls on Jan. 18.

The team returns home to host San Diego State on Sat. Jan. 21.

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