Team to play UConn during this week's road trip.

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

The team's second major road trip of the year takes place this week during their nonconference schedule with two games against first-time opponents. BYU's (3-2) women's basketball team will battle powerhouse and no. 2 ranked Connecticut (5-0) on Thurs. Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET., then will travel to nearby Fairfield for a matchup against Sacred Heart (1-3) on Sat., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Game #6- 11/29/07: BYU @ UConn Time: 7 p.m. ET Arena: Hartford Civic Ctr.

Game #7- 12/01/07: BYU @ Sacred Heart Time: 2 p.m. ET Arena: William H. Pitt Ctr.

Following the Cougars --

Radio: Both of the games this week will air live on KOVO 960 AM.

Internet: They will also be heard live on the internet at Jay Monsen will call the action for both games.

Live stats: All of the games can be accessed with the live stats link by logging on


BYU Probable Starters

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

03 Jazmine Foreman G 5-5 Fr 3.2 1.4

30 Mallary G. Carling G 5-10 Sr 13.4 3.032 Shawnee Slade F 5-11 Jr 7.4 6.8

54 Cassie King F 6-3 Jr 5.0 3.2

52 Lauren R. Varley C 6-3 Sr 10.6 10.0

Reserve Players

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

22 Mindy Nielson G 5-10 Fr 6.6 1.6

45 Keilani Moeaki F 6-2 Fr 7.2 5.0

14 Sarah Red G/F 5-11 Jr (rs) 2.5 0.0

23 Coriann Wood F 6-1 Fr 2.3 1.7

05 Ashley Cheesman F 6-0 Sr 2.0 1.6

13 Jaime Judkins G 5-6 So 1.8 1.0

55 Megan Marks F 6-2 Fr 1.0 4.0

0 Lauren Nichols F 6-0 Fr (rs) 0.5 0.5

21 Stephanie Buhler F 6-0 Fr

Team Stats -- 2007-08

-- Shooting from the field: (.429, 117-273)

-- Shooting from the free-throw line: (.573, 43-75)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.266, 21-79)

-- Average points per game: 55.2

2007-08 Season Highlights and Notables


-- The captains on the 2007-08 season are seniors Mallary Gillespie-Carling and Lauren Riley-Varley

-- When playing on the road this season, BYU has a 1-1 record.

-- The 55 rebounds by the Cougars vs Fresno State on 11/17/07 are a season high and rank tied for third place in the program's history.

-- The win over Fresno State improved BYU's all-time record in home openers to 24-11 and under coach Judkins is now 6-1 in home openers.

-- The 78 points and the 55 rebounds recorded in the win over Fresno State are the most in both categories to date.

-- Starting lineups:

Foreman, Carling, Slade, Cheesman, Varley: 2-2

Foreman, Carling, Slade, King, Varley: 1-0


-- Center Lauren Riley-Varley picked up back-to-back double doubles in the first two games of this season. She tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds against UCSB and 16 points and 13 boards at Arkansas State. She led all players in the rebound category in those contests.

-- Varley's 16 points at Ark. State were season highs to date

-- Varley tops the list in rebounds for the team to date grabbing an average of 10.0 boards per contest.

-- Mallary Gillespie-Carling has scored in double figures in 51 games during her career, including four so far this season (17) at UCSB, (13) at Ark. St.,(17) vs. Fresno St., and (15) vs. Seton Hall.

-- Carling is the team's assist leader so far this year dishing out a total of 17.

-- Freshman Mindy Nielson tallied a career-high 11 points vs. Fresno State on 11/17/07.

-- Shawnee Slade scored 16 points vs Fresno State marking her 11th career double figure contest

-- Freshman Keilani Moeaki tallied a career- and game-high 19 points in the game vs. Hartford

About This Week's Opponents

UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT - Hartford, CT (11/29/07)

Connecticut returns all five starters from last year's team that tallied a 32-4 record, won the Big East conference title and advanced to the NCCA Regional Four. Head Coach Geno Auriemma, is in his 23rd season at the thelm of the Huskies program with an impresssive 621-120 record. So far this season, UConn has tallied a 5-0 record, most recently winning the Paridise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands. Maya Moore and Tina Charles top the list in scoring with Moore's 18.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Charles contributes 14.0 points and grabs a team high 7.6 boards a contest.

Connecticut Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht Yr PPG RPG

F 44 Brittany Hunter 6-3 Sr 5.3 4.3

C 31 Tina Charles 6-4 So 14.0 7.6

G 20 Renee Montgomery 5-7 Jr 9.6 3.2

G 25 Mel Thomas 5-9 Sr 9.8 3.4

G 32 Kalana Greene 5-10 Jr 9.8 5.0

Stat Comparisons BYU UC

Field Goals: .429 .530

Free Throws: .573 .652

Three-Pointers: .266 .390

Points Per Game: 59.6 83.0

Rebounds Per Game: 40.8 43.4

Series History

Record: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

SACRED HEART - Fairfield, CT (12/01/07)

In the 2007-08 campaign, the Pionners return two starters and six letterwinners from a team that compiled a 22-10 record, and finished tied for First Place in the Northeast Conference. Ed Swanson is in his 19th season with the Pionners and has a 278-202 record. Prior to the meeting with the Cougars on Saturday, Sacred Heart will host Albany, Wednesday Nov. 28. As of 11/25, the team had a 1-3 record. Toping the leader board in scoring is Kaitlin Sowinski, a 6-4 junior center who averages 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.In rebounds, Stephanie Ryan tops the list where she grabs 7.3 boards per contest.

Sacred Heart Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht Yr PPG RPG

C 00 Kaitlin Sowinski 6-4 Jr 18.0 6.0

G 04 Maggie Cosgrove 5-3 Fr 4.8 3.3

G 22 Stephanie Ryan 5-10 Jr 6.0 7.3

G 24 Khalia Cain 5-7 Jr 7.8 2.8

G 35 Alisa Apo 5-9 Fr 5.0 1.8

Stat Comparisons BYU SH

Field Goals: .429 .362

Free Throws: .573 .709

Three-Pointers: .266 .284

Points Per Game: 59.6 54.0

Rebounds Per Game: 40.8 35.2

Series History

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Travel Plans

Flights: On Tuesday, Nov. 27 the team departs on Delta flight# 0048 departs SLC at 1:33 p.m., arriving in Cincinnati at 6:55 p.m., then Delta flight# 1174 departs Cincinnati at 7:45 p.m., arriving in Hartford at 9:37 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 2 the team leaves Hartford on Delta flight# 1500 at 6:10 a.m., arriving in Cincinnati at 8:20 a.m., then departs Cincinnati on Delta flight# 0793 and arrives in SLC at 10:40 a.m.

Team Hotel: The BYU team will be staying at the Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd., 860-249-8000, 860-249-8181, fax.

Media Availability

Team Practice Times - in Connecticut

-The team has the following scheduled practices:

Wed., Nov. 28 -- at the Hartford Civic Center at 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 29 -- shootaround at 11:30 a.m., at the HCC

Fri., Nov. 30 -- practice on the Hartford campus at a TBA time

Team Practice Times - at home

-The team practices are held at the Marriott Center MWF from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday's, practice is scheduled from

1 to 3 p.m., and on Thursday's from 11:30 to 2 p.m.

- Coach Judkins and players are available for interviews prior to or after their practices. All interviews are scheduled in advance. Norma Collett is the Basketball Communications Director for the team and can be contacted by phone or email. Contact at -- office: 801-422-4908, cell: 801-372-0989 and email:

Looking Ahead

After the two-game road swing through Connecticut, the Cougar team returns home for two games. They host New Mexico State on Dec. 5, and nearby Utah Valley University on Dec. 8. Both games tip off at 4:30 p.m.

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