Norma Bertoch | Posted: 28 Nov 2000 | Updated: 28 Nov 2000

Cougars Defense Shines In Win Over Thunderbirds

Cedar City, Utah (Nov. 28, 2000) Erin Thorn's final two-pointer and clutch free-throws from freshman Julie Whetten with just seconds remaining in the game, gave the BYU women a seven-point advantage and a 64-57 win over Southern Utah, Tuesday.

The victory over the Thunderbirds extends BYU's record to 2-1 while SUU falls to 2-4 on the year.

"It was our defense that won the game for us," said Cougar coach Trent Shippen on the bus traveling home from Cedar City. "This is a huge win for us on the road. Our defense and rebounding were also keys in the victory over a very talented, well-coached team."

Shippen also credited the Cougars' ability to take care of the ball, as the team tallied only eight turnovers to SUU's 14.

Thorn led all scores with 17-points and six rebounds. Senior center Caroline Beus had 10 points and toped the BYU list on the boards with nine. The Cougars shot 36 percent from the field and were 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

For the Thunderbirds Sarah Mortensen had 16 points and ten rebounds with teammate Megan Woolston contributing 13 points and five rebounds. Southern Utah shot 39 percent from the field and 53 percent at the line.

BYU heads to the northwest for a game against the Cougars of Washington State on Thurs., Nov. 30.