Kenny Cox | Posted: 17 Dec 2021 | Updated: 28 Jan 2022

No. 20 BYU returns home to face Washington State Saturday

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PROVO, Utah – The No. 20 BYU women's basketball team will host Washington State on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Marriott Center at 12 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on and the BYUtv App.

Saturday's game will be a BYU family Christmas party, with free admission for the whole family with a BYU employee ID. There will be free donuts and hot chocolate for the first 1,000 fans, photos available with Santa and a BYU employee ID will also get free popcorn at the concession stands.

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 BYU Game Notes (8-1)

  • LAST GAME: BYU pushed the game to overtime but suffered its first loss of the season to Oklahoma on the road in Norman. Tegan Graham set the school record with 10 made 3-pointers in the game.
  • The Cougars dropped four spots to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 after their first loss. Despite the loss, BYU is ranked for the third consecutive week for the first time since 2007.
  • BYU is playing its fifth game in a row against a Power 5 opponent. The Cougars beat No. 17 Florida State, No. 22 West Virginia, Utah and lost to Oklahoma leading up to Saturday’s game.
  • Tegan Graham set a new school record with 10 three-pointers against the Sooners, topping the previous record of nine hit by Kim Beeston and Erin Thorn.

Washington State Game Notes (8-1)

  • The Cougars will be seeking their fourth-straight road win this Saturday at No. 20/22 BYU. WSU's current three-game winning streak in true road games is the longest road winning streak for the Cougars since the 2017-18 campaign. The last time Washington State won four-straight away games came during the 2014-15 season, when WSU won five-straight true road games.
  • Saturday's matchup against No. 20/22 BYU will mark the second time this season Washington State has played a top-25 opponent this season. WSU previously lost to No. 5/4 NC State (62-34) on Nov. 27 in the Bahamas. The Cougars knocked off three top-25 teams last season, as they defeated No. 21 Oregon State (61-55), No. 7/10 Arizona (71-69 OT), and No. 5/4 UCLA (67-63) in Beasley Coliseum.
  • Washington State is 6-5 all-time against BYU and will be seeking its third-straight win over the Cougars from Provo. Sunday's matchup against Stony Brook will mark the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.
  • At 8-1, WSU is off to its best starts to a season since the 2015-16 campaign, when the Cougars also went 8-1 through nine games. This season marks the eighth time in program history that the Cougs have opened a campaign at 8-1. Only the 1978-79 squad has a better record through nine games at 9-0. The 1978-79 team began the season at 10-0, which is the program-record for most consecutive wins to begin a season.

Consistent with current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU requirements, BYU Athletics will require masks in indoor venues when physical distancing isn’t maintained. This includes a requirement for those attending indoor athletic events, such as volleyball in the Smith Fieldhouse, basketball inside the Marriott Center and inside the loges at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Wearing a mask will be required for entry to indoor BYU venues. Masks will not be required for outdoor BYU venues.