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Title Winners Take Final Regular Season Game
LARAMIE -- The BYU women's basketball team rounded out their regular season with a 69-53 win over Wyoming on the road to keep the outright Mountain West Conference regular season title for 2011.
"I'm so very proud of this team. They understand each other and this was a great effort by everybody. Our depth and aggressiveness were a big key for our victory," said head coach Jeff Judkins.
"Mindy and Coriann played solid games for us and Jen's inside presence were also huge."
The win is the 12th straight for the squad and the longest single-season win streak for a BYU women's team since the 1992-93 season.
Freshman Jennifer Hamson had a career high 18 points and added nine rebounds.
Senior Mindy Bonham also tallied 18 points to go along with three rebounds, two steals and three assists.
Joining Bonham and Hamson in double digits was senior Haley Hall who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars took a quick 11-5 lead after a 3-pointer from Hall, forcing the Cowgirls to play catch-up for the rest of the half. Wyoming brought the score close with just a 2-point deficit towards the end but a 5-0 run from BYU closed out the half with the Cougars staying on top.
Back from the halftime break, the Cowgirls took the first shots of play to again bring the score within two. However, BYU's 7-0 run response kept the advantage with Cougars.
With under a minute to play and a 14-point advantage with BYU, Hall and Jazmine Foreman put the game away with back-to-back possessions at the charity stripe to add four more points to the board. Free-throws from Wyoming's Brenna Freeze brought the advantage back down to 16 as the Cougars took the final win.
The Cougars will now prepare for the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas to be played March 8-12. As the regular season title holders, BYU will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament and play their first game in the semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. MT.
With both this year's men and women's basketball teams being crowned MWC regular season champs, a send-off party for both teams has been organized for Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in the Marriott Center before the squads leave for Las Vegas.
-For the 11th time on the year and the seventh in MWC action three players scored in double figures. When three players put up double digits in points the Cougars have compiled a 9-2 record.
-The Cougars were up 33-28 at the break improving their record to 21-1 when leading at halftime.
-BYU grabbed 39 rebounds to Wyoming’s 32 improving its mark to 16-2 when outrebounding opponents.
-In the game, the Cougars put up six three pointers extending their record to 19-4 when they get at least five treys in a game.
-The team finished with 13 turnovers and improved its mark to 20-1 when getting 16 or under miscues.
-Jennifer Hamson finished the game with 18 total points to lead all scorers in the game. She had 11 in the first half which are the second most in league play she’s scored in the first half. The points are the sixth in double figures in MWC play and the eighth on the year. At the break she was the only player in double digits for the game.
-Mindy Bonham tallied 18 points picking up her 20th season, 60th career and 11th league game in double figures.
-Haley Hall put up 10 points marking her ninth and 27th double figure contest. It was also her sixth in league games. She also dished out a team high four assists.
Last MWC Contest At Wyoming
With the 65-49 road win at New Mexico on Tuesday, the Cougar women’s basketball team (22-7, 14-1) clinched the 2011 MWC regular season title.
BYU has one remaining game traveling to Laramie for a Sat. Mar. 5 battle against Wyoming (22-6, 12-3). Tip off is at 2 p.m.
2010-11 STATS SUMMARY
- Shooting from field: (.429, 762-1778)
- Shooting from three-point line: (.338, 211-625)
- Shooting from free-throw line: (.674, 275-408)
- Average points per game: 69.3
- Average rebounds per game: 38.6
- Average assists per game: 19.3
- Average steals per game: 8.3
- Average blocks per game: 4.1
- Average turnovers per game: 14.3
-The Cougars are led in scoring by senior guard Mindy Bonham who averages 12.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Coriann Fraughton follows averaging 11.7 points and a team high 7.4 rebounds per contest.
-Bonham also tops the list in assists with a total of 154. She also has the team’s best free throw percentage at .780, 46-59.
-Haley Hall has the most steals on the team with 55.
-Freshman center Jennifer Hamson is tops in the field goal percentage category at .576, 72-125. She also has the most blocks on the team with 40.
- The BYU bench has outscored its opponents 646 to 387 as of 3/2/11. 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 403 to 288 as of 3/2/11. 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.
ABOUT NEXT MWC OPPONENT
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
Wyoming is in third place in the latest MWC standings with a (22-6, 12-3) record. They beat San Diego State 63-50 on Wed. Mar. 2 in San Diego. For the Cowgirls there are two players scoring in double figures with senior Aubrey Vandiver leading the way averaging 18.6 points and a team high 9.2 boards a contest. Hillary Carlson follows contributing 16.8 points per game while grabbing 7.1 rebounds. Another senior, Jade Kennedy has the most assists on the team with a total of 106. Vandiver leads in the steals category with 38. Head coach Joe Legerski is in his eighth season with the women’s basketball program.
Overall Series Record: BYU leads 49-21
BYU Record in Provo: 19-8
BYU Record in Laramie: 20-13
BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 3-0
BYU Record under Jeff Judkins: 13-8
Team Flight: Delta #4518 departs Salt Lake City, Fri. Mar. 4 at 12:40 p.m., arriving in Denver at 2:06 p.m. The team then takes a bus to Laramie.
Team Flight: Frontier F9 1076 departs Denver, Sat. Mar. 5 at 9:10 p.m., arriving in Salt Lake City at 10:34 p.m.
Team Hotel: Hampton Inn, 3715 E. Grand Ave., 307-742-0125, 307-742-0126, fax.
After finishing the 2011 league race on the road, the team heads to Las Vegas for the 2011 MWC Women’s Basketball Championships from the Thomas & Mack Center Mar. 8-12. The tournament winner receives an automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA tournament.