Mindy Bonham led the Cougars with 21 points in BYU's victory over the Colorado State Rams. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
FORT COLLINS -- Keeping its eight-game win streak alive and tallying head coach Jeff Judkins' 200th career victory, the BYU women's basketball team (20-7, 12-1) took their talents on the road and defeated home team Colorado State 64-55, Wednesday, to keep first place in the Mountain West Conference.
"We got really good bench play today and this was definitely a great team effort," Judkins said. "Mindy did a really good job and she had great game, especially in the first half. Defensively we were able to hold them in spurts and that was good for us."
The scoring began on a Coriann Fraughton (Wood) 3-pointer but the Rams would come back from there and continue on to take a 12-5 lead before BYU brought the score back close.
Both teams battled hard to finish out the first half with the Cougars coming out on a 33-25 halftime lead. Senior Mindy Bonham had 17 points at halftime to lead all players. Bonham finished with 21 points on three 3-pointers to tie her season-high.
Back from the half, BYU took control of the game as they went on an 18-10 run in the first eight minutes of second-half action.
Coriann Fraughton joined Bonham, in the second half, in double figures as she finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Cougars shot 43.9 percent from the field compared to Colorado State's 40.8 while the Rams were able to grab three more rebounds than BYU.
Up next for BYU is a home game in the Marriott Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. against the San Diego State Aztecs. The Cougars' five seniors will be recognized at the conclusion of the game.
-With the 64-55 win over CSU in Ft. Collins, head coach Jeff Judkins picks up his 200th career victory.
-The Cougars went into the break up 33-25 improving their record to 19-1 when leading at the half.
-For the third time in league play two BYU players finished in double figures.
-BYU put up 11 three pointers which are the most in MWC games so far this year. When the team makes at least five treys in a game they have a 17-4 record.
-Senior Mindy Bonham scored 17 points in the first half to lead all scorers going into the break. The points are the most she’s tallied in the first hall all season and in league play. She was 3-4 from three-point range. Bonham would finish the game with 21 marking her 18th season, 58th career and ninth in league play in double digits. The 21 points tied for season highs.
-Bonham dished out six assists for team and game highs. She also had three blocks, which are new season highs.
-Coriann Wood was in double figures with 13 points for her ninth in league play, 20th on the year, and 46th overall.
-Kim Parker made three of the four three pointers she attempted. They tie for season highs and are the most in league play.