Women's Basketball Still Perfect

Women's Team Improve to 5-0 on the season with Saturday's win over Seton Hall. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SOUTH ORANGE -- Despite early foul trouble and sluggish first half, BYU (5-0) recovered to beat Seton Hall Saturday afternoon, 54-50, in New Jersey.

BYU's 5-0 start ties the best beginning in BYU history. The only other time the Cougars started off with five wins was during the 2002-03 season.

"We're excited to start off 5-0, especially considering we've played four of those games on the road," head coach Jeff Judkins said. "It wasn't a pretty win. We made the big plays when we had to, though."

In an uncharacteristic fashion, the Cougars struggled to maintain composure early. For the first time this season, BYU was out rebounded 25-19 in the first half, while shooting only 39 percent from the field and 38 percent from the free throw line.

Dani Kubik, Lauren Riley and Mallary Gillespie each received two personal fouls within the first eight minutes of the game, putting Seton Hall in the bonus for most of the first half. By the end of the half, Riley had three fouls.

Despite its struggles, however, BYU went into the half with a five-point lead, 28-23. The game marked the fourth time this season the Cougars went into halftime with the lead.

The Pirates came out strong in the second half, immediately cutting the Cougar lead to one. The second half was full of lead changes, as neither team took a dominant lead.

With just over five minutes left in the game, Seton Hall went on an 8-0 run to put the Pirates up by one point. But BYU stepped up, hitting key free throws at the end of the game to earn the four-point victory.

For the fourth time this season, two Cougars scored in double figures. Ambrosia Anderson posted 14 points, while Kubik netted 13 points. Anderson has led the team in scoring each game this season.

BYU's effort on the boards was much stronger the second half, as it took a 46-45 advantage on the game. The Cougars have out rebounded their opponents in every game this season.

The Cougars travel to California on Wednesday for a game against UC Riverside. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. (MDT). BYU then returns home on Saturday, when the team will face Northern Arizona at 2 p.m., in the Marriott Center.

Official Basketball Box Score

Brigham Young vs Seton Hall

12/3/05 2:00pm at Walsh Gym, South Orange, NJ

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VISITORS: Brigham Young 5-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

33 ANDERSON, Ambrosia.. f 5-21 2-9 2-4 1 8 9 2 14 3 5 2 0 35

45 KUBIK, Dani......... c 6-10 0-0 1-6 4 4 8 2 13 0 3 0 1 27

15 KEELE, Jennie....... g 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 4 1 3 2 0 0 23

30 GILLESPIE, Mallary.. g 1-5 1-4 4-6 2 1 3 2 7 2 2 0 1 23

35 JOHNSEN, Melinda.... g 1-8 0-2 4-5 3 4 7 2 6 3 0 0 2 35

01 SELJAAS, Nancy...... 2-5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 11

10 STRATTON, Laura..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

24 HUTSON, Vanessa..... 2-4 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 3 1 0 1 23

32 SLADE, Shawnee...... 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 9

52 RILEY, Lauren....... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 8

54 KING, Cassie........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

TEAM................ 2 2 4

Totals.............. 19-59 4-20 12-23 15 31 46 20 54 14 14 2 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-28 39.3% 2nd Half: 8-31 25.8% Game: 32.2% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-10 30.0% 2nd Half: 1-10 10.0% Game: 20.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 9-15 60.0% Game: 52.2% 3

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HOME TEAM: Seton Hall 2-4

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

02 WOMACK, Noteisha.... f 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 7 8 3 0 0 0 2 1 21

11 BLAKE, Monique...... f 8-17 0-0 2-5 3 5 8 3 18 1 4 1 2 34

03 BROWN, Shantel...... g 2-9 1-3 2-4 0 5 5 1 7 1 4 0 1 30

14 KORPIVAARA, Heta.... g 1-7 0-0 2-2 2 4 6 4 4 1 1 0 2 38

23 MESSINA, Brittney... g 5-10 1-3 5-6 1 2 3 2 16 0 2 0 0 29

21 SHUTZ, Keri......... 0-3 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 16

22 CALINDA, Harmonie... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 7

24 RHODIN, Jadis....... 0-4 0-2 3-4 3 4 7 2 3 1 1 1 1 19

34 COSTELLO, Julie..... 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 6

TEAM................ 1 1 2

Totals.............. 16-54 2-10 16-23 12 33 45 20 50 5 15 4 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 7-27 25.9% 2nd Half: 9-27 33.3% Game: 29.6% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-4 25.0% 2nd Half: 1-6 16.7% Game: 20.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 8-13 61.5% 2nd Half: 8-10 80.0% Game: 69.6% 2

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Officials: Kathy Lonergan, Bryan Brunette, Patti Fernandes

Technical fouls: Brigham Young-TEAM. Seton Hall-None.

Attendance: 372

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Brigham Young................. 28 26 - 54

Seton Hall.................... 23 27 - 50

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