Team Hosts Air Force Wed, - Plays at Utah Saturday

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

In first place in the MWC standings with a (16-7, 8-1) record and on a five-game win streak, the Cougar women continue league play with two games this week. BYU hosts Air Force (7-15, 2-7), Wed. Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. They then travel north to instate rival Utah (12-11, 5-4) for a Sat. Feb. 12 matchup beginning at 4 p.m.

Both games will be on television. The Air Force game can be seen live worldwide on BYUtv, while the contest at Utah airs live on CBS C.

2010-11 Stats Summary

- Shooting from field: (.432, 622-1440)

- Shooting from three-point line: (.326, 169-519)

- Shooting from free-throw line: (.657, 203-309)

- Average points per game: 70.3

- Average rebounds per game: 39.7

- Average assists per game: 20.3

- Average steals per game: 8.8

- Average blocks per game: 3.8

- Average turnovers per game: 14.7

About BYU

-The Cougars are led in scoring by senior guard Mindy Bonham who averages 12.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Senior forward Coriann Fraughton follows averaging 11.0 points and a team high 7.0 rebounds per contest.

-Bonham also tops the list in assists and steals with a total of 124 and 46 respectively. She also has the team’s best free throw percentage at .778, 35-45.

-Freshman center Jennifer Hamson is tops in the field goal percentage category at .651, 56-86.

-The BYU bench has outscored its opponents 539 to 343 as of 2/06/11. The most points scored by the Cougar bench to date are 44 in the win over BYU-Hawaii on 12/3/10. The most bench points from an opponent on the year are 31 recorded by BYU-Hawaii.

-BYU’s reserves are outrebounding their opponents 345 to 242 as of 2/06/11. The most rebounds by the Cougar bench are 28 vs. Utah State on 11/23/10. The most boards by the opponent bench are Utah State with 24.

CSU Game Promotion - Ward Night

Bring your entire family/singles ward for just $10. Fans can call or visit the Marriott Center Ticket Office and pay the $10. You can get as many tickets as you need to cover your ward attendance for the game.

Record Watching

-BYU head coach Jeff Judkins has compiled a 196-106 record as of Feb. 6 and is four wins away from picking up his 200th career victory.

-Mindy Bonham has tallying a total of 1,164 points as of 2/6/11, which puts her in 16th place out of 20 on BYU’s 1,000-Points Club. She needs 121 points to tie for 15th place with Ambrosia Andersons’s 1,285 career points.

-Bonham has dished out a grand total of 422 career assists as of 2/6/11, which puts her in sixth place all time. She’s 10 assists away from tying for fifth place with current assistant coach Stacy Jensen’s 432.

-In the steals category, Bonham has a career total of 215 as of 2/6/11, placing her in seventh place all time and needs 14 to tie for sixth place with Karina Zapata’s career total of 229.

-Jazmine Foreman dished out seven assists in the home win over Wyoming on 2/2/11, which gives her a career total of 375. She needs three to tie for eighth place with Cindy Battistone’s career total of 378.

-In BYU’s number of games played category, Bonham and Foreman have played in a total of 114 games as of 2/6/11, which places the two tied for 13th place all time with Cindy Battistone and Nikki Eyre. Coriann Fraughton follows closely behind with a total of 112 games played and needs one more to tie with King’s 113 career contests played.

2010-11 Honors

-Mindy Bonham - MWC Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 29, 2011)

-Coriann Fraughton - - Hilton-Concord Thanksgiving Classic, All-Tournament Team

-Kristen Riley - Hilton-Concord Thanksgiving Classic, All-Tournament Team

Player Updates/Injuries

Freshmen Morgan Bailey and Stephanie Rovetti will redshirt the 2010-11 season.

Deseret First Duel

The Deseret First Duel was first introduced in 2007 as a rivalry series between BYU and Utah that includes competition in the 12 sports the two universities compete head-to-head with during regular-season play. Entering this week, the standings have the teams tied 16-16. A win in Salt Lake City would give BYU five points and the trophy for women’s basketball.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S MWC OPPONENTS

AIR FORCE

The Air Force Academy has compiled a (7-15, 2-7) overall record and is in ninth place in the most recent MWC standings. Two players are scoring in double figures for the Falcons with senior guard Raimee Beck toping the list with a 11.3 point average while grabbing 4.9 rebounds a game. She’s followed by Dymond James who’s averaging 10.6 points and a tem high 7.1 boards a contest. Megan Muniz has the most assists on the team with a total of 88 with teammate Jamela Satterfield leading the way in steals with 39 to date. Head coach Andrea Williams is in her first season at the helm of the academy’s women’s basketball program.

Series History

Overall Series Record: BYU leads 25-1

BYU Record in Provo: 12-0

BYU Record in Colo. Sprngs.: 11-1

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 17-1

Last Meeting – in Colorado Springs on Jan. 8, 2011 (BYU won 88-60)

Senior guard Haley Hall’s 18 points led all players in the game with a perfect 4-for-4 performance from behind the 3-point line and 6-for-6 from the field.

Teammates Jennifer Hamson, Alexis Kaufusi and Stephanie Vermunt joined Hall in double digits with 14, 10 and 13 points, respectively. Hamson’s points were a new career-high and Vermunt’s points were her third double-figure performance of the season.

The Falcons took a quick 3-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game but the Cougars, led by six straight points from Hamson, took the lead themselves and never looked back.

BYU held the 16-point advantage as they left the court for halftime with Hamson’s 12 points leading the way.

Three more players contributed double-figures points in the second half to join Hamson as the Cougars extended their lead and took the win.

UTAH

Utah enters the week in fifth place in the most recent MWC standings with a (12-11, 5-4) record. They host San Diego State on Wed., Feb. 9 before Saturday’s match up with BYU. Sophomore guard Iwalani Rodrigues leads the offense for the Utes averaging 14.5 points and 3.1 boards a game. She’s followed by Michelle Plouffe who contributes 13.5 points and a team high 7.6 rebounds per contest. Rounding out the double figure scoring is Janita Badon who tallies 12.6 points and grabs 6.0 boars a game. Badon also leads the way in the assists and steals categories for Utah with 134 and 60 respectively. The interim head coach for Utah is Anthony Levrets.

Series History

Overall Series Record: Utah leads 60-36

BYU Record in Provo: 18-21

BYU Record in Salt Lake City: 9-30

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 9-9

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 9-13

Last Meeting – in Provo on Jan. 12, 2011 (BYU won 68-50)

A season-high 1,327 fans were in attendance to watch the BYU women’s basketball team take down conference rival Utah 68-50.

Haley Hall guided the Cougars (11-6, 3-0) to victory in the second half, scoring all of her 16 points after halftime. Jennifer Hamson and Mindy Bonham also hit double figures with 10 points each. Coriann Fraughton grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, tying as a game-high.

Full-court pressure from BYU did its job, running the shot clock out for the Utes and leading to four steals in the first half. The Cougars scored 10 points off the turnovers.

BYU kept at least a five-point lead for most of the half, but with four minutes left, Utah’s Chelsea Bridgewater put in a layup to bring the score to 25-24. Dani Peterson scored four to end the half with a 29-26 Cougar lead.

No one scored for the first three minutes of the second half until Michelle Plouffe laid the ball in for the Utes (9-8, 2-1). Utah free throws tied the game, but a layup from Hamson pushed the Cougars ahead with 15 minutes left to play.

Redshirt freshman Kim Parker hit a key three-pointer with 12 minutes to play, giving the Cougars a seven-point lead. Kristen Riley pushed that lead to 10 at the seven-minute mark.

What’s Next

After the league game against instate rival Utah, the women’s basketball team continues league action at home on Sat. Feb. 19 when TCU comes to the Marriott Center. Tip off for the game is 1 p.m. Then BYU takes to the road once again for a matchup in Ft. Collins with Colorado State on Feb. 23, before returning home to host San Diego State on Feb. 26.

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