Two Games At Hilton-Concord Thanksgiving Classic This Weekend

With a 2-2 record the Cougar women will spend Thanksgiving in Moraga, Calif., competing in the Hilton-Concord Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by St. Mary’s. The team will play two schools from the Big Ten Conference.

BYU is slated to play Wisconsin (2-3), Fri., Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. PT, and Northwestern (4-0) on Sat. Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. PT. All games will be played at the McKeon Pavilion.

2010-11 Stats Summary

-- Shooting from field: (.389, 103-265)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.356, 37-104)

-- Shooting from free-throw line: (.608, 31-51)

-- Average points per game: 68.5

-- Average rebounds per game: 44.0

-- Average assists per game: 20.3

-- Average steals per game: 11.5

-- Average blocks per game: 3.3

-- Average turnovers per game: 18.0

Record Watching

-- BYU head coach Jeff Judkins has compiled a 182-101 record as of Nov. 23 and is 18 wins away from picking up his 200th career victory.

-- Coach Judkins improved his home opener record to 9-1 with the 80-55 win over Washington on 11/20/10. He's also 11-6 against Pac-10 schools overall.

-- With the 11 points scored against Utah State University on Nov. 23, senior guard Mindy Bonham has tallied 925 points and is close to reaching BYU’s 1,000-point club.

Team Captains Selected

Mindy Bonham and Haley Hall have been chosen by their teammates as co-captians for the 2010-11 season. This is Hall’s third straight co-captain selection.

Player Updates/Injuries

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

Dayna Burgess is not expected to play in the upcoming games due to a knee injury.

Team Highlights (2010-11)

-- Best field goal percentage: (.477, 31-65) vs. Washington, 11/20/10

-- Best 3-point field goal percentage: (.440, 11-25) vs. Washington, 11/20/10

-- Best free throw percentage: (.688, 11-16) at Duke, 11/13/10

-- Most three pointers made: 11 vs. Washington, 11/20/10

-- Most rebounds: 56 vs. Utah State, 11/23/10

-- Most assists: 30 vs. Utah State, 11/23/10

-- Most blocks: 8 vs. Washington, 11/20/10

-- Most steals: 13 vs. Washington, 11/20/10

-- Least number of turnovers: 13 vs. Utah State, 11/23/10

-- The BYU bench outscored the Washington bench 33-10, the most to date

-- Six players scored in double figures in the home win vs. Utah State, the most so far this season, and during coach Judkins tenure

-- The Cougars scored 84 points in the home win over Utah State on 11/23/10, the most to date and the second straight time scoring 80+points. Last year BYU went 13-1 when they scored at least 70 points per game

ABOUT THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

The University of Wisconsin has compiled a 2-3 record to date capturing wins over Saint Louis and William & Mary. They lost at home to Marquette, 52-66 on Wed. Nov. 24. The Badgers return three starters and eight letterwinners who are coming off a 21-11 overall record last season where they finished third in the Big Ten and competed in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After four games, Wisconsin has three senior players scoring in double figures led by 27.0 points from 5-7 guard Alyssa Karel. She’s followed by forward Tara Steinbauer who tallies 13.5 points and grabs a team high 9.3 rebounds per game. Rounding out the double digit scoring is 6-4 forward Lin Zastrow who puts up 10.0 points and grabs 6.0 boards a contest. Head coach Lisa Stone is in her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program.

Series History

This will be the first meeting between these two schools.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The Wildcats have compiled a 4-0 record so far this season with wins over Dartmouth, LSU, Western Kentucky and Chicago State. They will play hosts St. Mary’s on Fri. Nov. 26 at the Hilton-Concord Thanksgiving Classic before battling BYU on Saturday. Northwestern returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that compiled an 18-15, 7-11T-8th record. Senior center Amy Jaeschke leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 22.6 points and 8.0 boards per game. Brittany Orban, a 6-0 junior forward puts up 13.5 points and grabs 7.0 rebounds a game. The third player who contributes in double digits is senior guard Beth Marshall with her 12.5 points and 1.5 rebounds while topping the list in assists with 19 total on the season. Head coach Joe McKeown enters his third year at the helm of Northwestern’s women’s basketball team.

Series History

Overall Series Record: Northwestern leads 2-0

BYU Record in Provo: N/A

BYU Record in Evanston: 0-1

BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 0-1

BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: N/A

BYU Record in Overtime Games: N/A

Longest BYU Win Streak: N/A

Longest Northwestern Win Streak: 2 (1988-1990)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: N/A

Largest Northwestern Margin of Victory: 30, 107-77 in‘ 88

Last Meeting

These two teams have not played each other in 20 years. Their last outing was played on Dec. 22, 1990 when both were participating in a Stanford tournament. In that matchup, Northwestern defeated BYU, 95-75. Their other meeting was two years earlier when the Cougars made a visit to Evanston on Dec. 2, 1988 where the Wildcats won 107-77.

What’s Next

The team will continue play on the road, this time going to Laie, Hawai’i to compete in the Hukilau Invitational which they host with BYU-Hawaii. The Cougars will battle the BYU-Hawaii on Fri., Dec. 3 and the University of San Diego on Sat. Dec. 4. Both games tip off at 2 p.m.

BYU makes a short trip to Orem, to battle Utah Valley University on Dec. 9 before hosting Weber State on Dec. 11 and Portland State on Dec. 18.

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