Josh Carter | Posted: 9 Dec 2020 | Updated: 24 Dec 2020

BYU plays Montana State in home opener Thursday

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M. Albiero Drive vs. TAMUK 2019-20

PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball plays in the Marriott Center for the first time this season on Thursday, Dec. 10, against Montana State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST and the game will be streamed live on the BYUtv App.

BYU vs. Montana State Game Notes

Montana State vs. BYU Game Notes


  • BYU is coming off a convincing 87-66 win over in-state rival Utah State on the road in their first of three games this week, improving its record to 2-1 on the year
  • Three Cougars are averaging double figures in scoring: sophomore guard Shaylee Gonzales (20.7 ppg), sophomore forward Lauren Gustin (13.3) and senior guard Paisley Johnson Harding (12.0)
  • In addition to leading the team in scoring, Gonzales is also averaging a team-high 2.3 spg
  • The team's leading rebounder is sohomore forward Lauren Gustin (13.7 rpg); Gustin also leads the team in assists, averaging 3 apg
  • BYU was picked to finish second in the 2020-21 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll after tying for second in the WCC regular season standings last season. BYU finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 13-5 record in WCC play and a 18-11 record overall
  • Three Cougars were selected to the 2020-21 Preseason All-WCC Team: Gonzales, Harding and senior center Sara Hamson. Harding was named to the All-WCC First Team last season while Hamson is the reigning WCC Defensive Player of the Year


  • After having its season-opener against South Dakota canceled due to COVID-19, Montana State beat North Dakota 84-72 on Dec. 6 to move to 1-0 on the year
  • Senior guard Tori Martell led the Bobcats with 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, against North Dakota. Martell was the 2019-20 Big Sky Conference Top Reserve of the Year
  • Sophomore guard Darian White had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds versus North Dakota
  • White was selected to the 2020-21 Preseason All-Big Sky Team after being named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year last season
  • Montana State head coach Tricia Binford is in her 16th season with the Bobcat program and has accumulated a 253-202 record thus far


  • BYU holds a 13-4 all-time series lead over Montana State
  • The Cougars are 5-1 against the Bobcats under head coach Jeff Judkins and 7-2 versus Montana State in the Marriott Center
  • BYU won its last matchup with the Bobcats 75-54 on Dec. 22, 2017, at home


After its matchup with Montana State, the Cougars remain at home to play Boise State on Saturday, Dec. 12, at noon MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.