Norma Bertoch | Posted: 10 Feb 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

San Francisco women come to play Cougar women Saturday afternoon

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PROVO, Utah— With an 88-49 home win over Pepperdine Thursday night, BYU women’s basketball improved its record to 15-9, 9-4 on the year and remains in third place in West Coast Conference play.

The Cougar women remain at home for Saturday’s league game against San Francisco (13-11, 7-6 WCC). The game tips off at 2 p.m., MST and will be carried live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio.

BYU vs. San Francisco Game Notes

San Francisco at BYU Game Notes

Pink game and Girls and Women in Sports Day, 12 p.m. Marriott Center. FREE food, photos, autographs with female student-athletes. FREE admission to basketball game.

Junior guard Cassie Broadhead is one of three players putting up double digits in points for the Cougars. Broadhead, who also leads the WCC in scoring, is averaging a team-best 18.5 points a game. Senior guard Makenzi Pulsipher is next in scoring contributing 13.3 points and 3.5 boards. Senior All-American Kalani Purcell rounds out the double figure scoring output for BYU by averaging a double-double with 12.1 points and a team-and league-high 10.6 boards per game.

On the season, BYU is scoring 67.9 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from behind the arc and 71.0 percent from the charity stripe. The Cougars also pull down 36.8 rebounds a contest.

• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78), 16th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #20 C. Broadhead, 18.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #32 K. Purcell, 10.6 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #32 K. Purcell, 5.1 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #32 Purcell, 2.2 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: ##32 K. Purcell, 1.0 bpg

The San Francisco Dons are in fourth place in this week’s WCC standings with a 13-11, 7-6 record. They’ve recorded league wins over Santa Clara, Portland, Pacific, LMU, BYU and already swept the series over San Diego. San Francisco lost at Santa Clara 74-61 Thursday night.

USF returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team that compiled a 21-12, 9-9 record, won the WCC Championship and competed in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Rachel Howard leads the way in scoring for the Dons with 16.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a contest. Anna Seilund is the second player to put up double digits in points with an 10.6 average. Michaela Rakova tops the leaderboard in the rebound category pulling down a team-best 5.8 boards a game.

USF is scoring 67.0 points per game while shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line. The Dons grab 38.3 rebounds a game.

• Head coach: Molly Goodenbour (Stanford, ‘93), First season
• Team’s leading scorer: #11 R. Howard, 16.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #14 M. Rakova, 5.8 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #21 A. Seilund, 3.8 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #21 A. Seilund, 1.3 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #11 R. Howard, .79 bpg

BYU leads the all-time series vs. San Francisco, 12-4. These two conference foes have already played once this year in San Francisco with the Dons picking up the 70-63 home win. When playing in Provo, USF has a 1-7 mark. The last time that the Dons won at the Marriott Center was on Feb. 16, 2012, a 71-64 win. Head coach Jeff Judkins is 12-4 in the all-time series with San Francisco.

After hosting this week’s two games, the Cougar women take one final road trip in WCC action. BYU is at San Diego on Feb. 16 and at Saint Mary’s on Feb. 18. Both games will be carried live on BYU Radio.