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Alexa Anderson | Posted: 21 Nov 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Alexa Anderson

Cougars fall to Rams despite double-double from Rydalch


Final Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. —Playing the last game of its two-game road trip, BYU women’s basketball lost to Colorado State 61-55, despite a season-high 29 points from senior guard Lexi Eaton Rydalch.

“We had a lot of turnovers again tonight, but we fought back and gave ourselves a chance to win the game,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “We need to be able to make the shots when they count and we need to do a better job starting off the game.”

Along with her 29 points, Rydalch grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. She also added three steals and two assists. Rydalch finished the game shooting 5 for 7 from the 3-point line and 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

Kalani Purcell was one point away from recording her own first double-double as a Cougar. Purcell scored nine points to go along with 10 rebounds.

BYU started off the game slow as Colorado State took an early 13-2 lead in the first period, due to a series of BYU turnovers. The Cougars rallied back to make the score 13-7 behind a 3-pointer from Rydalch and a jumper from Purcell. The Rams then extended their lead 17-10 to end the quarter. Rydalch finished the period with five rebounds and six points, shooting 2 for 2 from behind the arc.

Rydalch came out hot in the second period scoring five straight BYU points, followed by a Micaelee Orton free throw to put the Cougars within six 22-16. BYU then went four minutes without scoring a basket as the Rams pulled away 28-16. At the 2:03 minute mark, Orton stopped the Cougars’ scoring drought with a reverse layup. Kristine Fuller Nielson and Kylie Maeda hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit within nine, 33-24 at the break. 

The Cougars ended the half shooting 8 for 27 from the field, with five of those field goals coming from behind the arc. Rydalch went into halftime with a game-high 11 points, while Purcell grabbed nine boards through the first 20 minutes of play.

BYU scored its first second half points at the 7:57 mark off Rydalch’s fourth 3-pointer of the contest to cut the lead to eight 35-27. The Cougars kept battling back as they went on a 4-0 run fueled by three straight steals, forcing a Rams timeout with the score 39-31. The Cougars pulled within five, cutting the score to 41-36, but Colorado State guard Jamie Patrick hit a three at the buzzer to extend the lead to 44-36 going into the fourth period. The Cougars outscored the Rams 12 to 11 in the third period.

Rydalch and Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher recorded two steals apiece in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Pulsipher finished the contest with a game-high five steals. Midway through the fourth period, BYU went on an 8-0 run backed by a series of free throws from Rydlach to bring the Cougars within four 51-47. CSU guard Ellen Nystrom then fouled Pulsipher giving her a chance to bring the Cougars within two. Pulsipher missed the first free throw and made the second pulling BYU within three, 51-48. Teams traded baskets throughout the final two minutes of the game with the Rams finishing on top.

BYU recorded a season-high 13 steals, scoring 16 points off of Colorado State turnovers. Both the Cougars and Rams were plagued by turnovers, with BYU committing 20 turnovers and CSU giving the ball away 22 times. BYU and Colorado State pulled down 33 rebounds apiece.

The BYU women’s basketball team will return home to the Marriott Center to host in-state foe Utah State next Tuesday, Nov. 24. The game will begin at 11 a.m. MST and will be broadcast on BYUtv. Fans can also follow live stats and listen to the game on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to media outlets can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.

Postgame Notes

After two periods, BYU had pulled down 21 rebounds while CSU had 17.  At the end of the game, both teams had grabbed 33 boards each.

In the first half, the Cougars shot 62.5 percent from 3-point range, compared with 33.3 percent for the Rams. For the game, BYU shot 50 percent from behind the arc while CSU shot 38 percent from 3-point range.

BYU finished the game with a season-best 13 steals. CSU recorded five steals. In points in the paint, the Cougars finished with two more than the Rams, 18 to 16 and in points from turnovers, BYU got 16 points, while CSU had 13.

In the assists category, the Rams finished with the advantage dishing out 13 to the Cougars 11.


Lexi Eaton Rydalch
Lexi Eaton Rydalch led BYU with 11 points in the first half along with six rebounds. She ended the game with her first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career from game highs in points with 29 points and in rebounds with 11. Rydalch was also perfect at the free throw line going 6 for 6.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell grabbed a first half high nine boards. She also contributed four points. Purcell ended the game with nearly a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points.

Cassie Broadhead
Cassie Broadhead dished out a team-best four assists. She also recorded a season-best four points, going 2 for 2 from the charity stripe.  

Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher
Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher had a game- and season-high five steals in the game.

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Norma Bertoch | Posted: 20 Nov 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Norma Bertoch

On the road at Colorado State, Saturday


Game Notes - BYU at CSU

PROVO, Utah —With a 1-1 record, BYU women’s basketball continues with its first road trip of the year. The Cougar women head to Ft. Collins, Colorado to take on former Mountain West Conference foe, Colorado State on Sat., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. MT.

Fans can listen to the game on BYU Radio on Sirius XM 143 and on the internet at The Cougars and Rams game will also be streamed on the Mountain West Network (MWN) and Campus Insiders websites. Web links are available on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page on

Three returning starters and nine letterwinners anchor this year’s team. Last year, the Cougars compiled a 23-10 record, won the West Coast Conference tournament and competed in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

After two games, BYU has two players that are scoring in double figures. Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher (18.5) and All-American Lexi Eaton Rydalch (17.0). All-American Kalani Purcell, a junior college transfer, leads the way in the rebound category (10.5). She pulled down a season-best and game-high 15 boards in the loss at No. 24 Oklahoma on Thursday.

• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) 15th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #23 M. Morrison Pulsipher, 18.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #32 K. Purcell, 10.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #03 K. Maeda, 5.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: ##20 C. Broadhead, 1.5 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #34, M. Orton, 1.0 bpg

Colorado State has compiled a 2-0 record to date with home wins over Western State and Incarnate Word. The Rams return seven letterwinners including three starters from a team that finished last season with a 23-8 record and won the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 15-3 mark. CSU competed in the first round of the WNIT postseason tournament where they lots to Northern Colorado 48-53. 

After two games, the Rams are scoring 72.0 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field, 25 percent from behind the arc and 60 percent at the free throw line.

• Head coach: Ryun Williams (South Dakota, ‘92) 3 years
• Team’s leading scorer: #13 E. Nystrom, 11.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #04 E. Hesseldal, 9.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #13 E. Nystrom, 3.5 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #13 E. Nystrom, 4.5 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: Four players are averaging 1.0 bpg (#3 Wharry, #4 Hesseldal, #24, Kantze, #34 Arias

Series History
BYU leads the series 54-22.

Last Time
These two former MWC foes played last season at EnergySolutions Arena on Dec. 6, 2014. In that matchup, the Cougars recorded the 69-58 win. The last time BYU played at Moby Arena was on Feb. 23, 2011 with the Cougars coming away with the 64-55 victories. BYU is 19-14 in Ft. Collins.

What’s Next
The Cougar women return home for one game next week. They host Utah State on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in an 11 a.m. tip off. Elementary kids from Utah Valley will be in attendance. The game between BYU and USU will air live on BYUtv, on the internet at and will be simulcast on BYU Radio on Sirius XM 143.

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