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Anonymous | Posted: 26 Nov 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Women Win Third Straight


PROVO, Utah – Behind a balanced attack that featured points from 12 different players, the BYU women’s basketball team won their third consecutive game with a 77-58 victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles Saturday.

"I don't think this was one of our better nights," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We didn't play as good as I know we can play. I think the key is we played good enough to win tonight. Our bench did a good job in the first half giving us a spark, both offensively and defensively they got us going. I'm happy with the outcome. It was nice to get a lot of kids in who needed some minutes and experience."

Sophomores Jennifer Hamson and Kim Parker led the way for BYU with 13 points apiece. Freshman Lexi Eaton also scored in double figures with 11 points. Nine other BYU players scored to contribute to the win.

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The BYU defense held the Eagles to 19-58 shooting for the game, a 32.8 percent rate. The Cougars also forced Eastern Washington into 21 turnovers against just 14 assists. BYU led the Eagles to commit 25 personal fouls, which led to three different Eastern Washington players fouling out.

Eastern Washington jumped out to an early 9-2 lead after nailing their first three 3-point attempts. BYU narrowed the lead to 11-8 with 15:09 remaining after sophomore Stephanie Vermunt hit two consecutive triples.

The Cougars tied the score at the 12:05 mark when Hamson posted up and scored to make it 11-11. The Eagles responded with a three-pointer to take the 14-11 lead, which proved to be their final lead of the game.

After falling behind again by three, BYU scored on three straight fast breaks to go up 17-14, which sparked a 25-5 run during the final 11:26 of the half. Despite trailing for the first eight minutes of the game, BYU went into the locker room with a 36-19 lead, largely due to suffocating defense that held the Eagles to 6-25 shooting in the half.

The two teams played evenly through the second half and exchanged baskets throughout. Parker and Hamson were the leaders for BYU in the second half with 11 and eight points, respectively.

Brianne Ryan kept Eastern Washington in the game with 14 of her game-high 22 points coming into the second half. But, discounting Ryan’s statistics, the Eagles managed to make only 13 field goals in 45 attempts in the game.

Next up for BYU is the Hukilau Invitational in Laie, Hawaii. The Cougars will face off against BYU-Hawaii on November 29 at 3 p.m. HST and will also play Arizona and Syracuse in the tournament. 

Postgame Notes


The Cougars held EWU to 24 percent shooting in first half and 32.8 percent for the game.

BYU’s bench scored 40 points and held the Eagles’ bench to only 16 points.

BYU forced 21 EWU turnovers and made 17 points off turnovers.

The Cougars’ largest lead came with 5:35 left in the second half, when they went ahead by 23.


Stephanie Vermunt scored three three-pointers for a new season high.

Haley Steed dished out eight assists, a season high.

Dani Peterson tied her career high of two steals.

Alexis Kaufusi recorded a season-high six points.

Jennifer Hamson recorded season highs of 13 points and four blocks. Hamson was also 9-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Lexi Eaton earned her fifth double-figure outing of the season with 11 points.

Kim Parker scored 13 points for her fourth double-figure outing of the season. 

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Norma Bertoch | Posted: 21 Nov 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Norma Bertoch

Home For Two Games This Week


Home For Two This Week
BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center playing two games during the Thanksgiving Week.
The Cougars (2-2) host Wisconsin (1-3) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m., and Eastern Washington (2-1) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Both games will air live worldwide on BYUtv.

Special Promotions for Wisconsin Game - TEAM NIGHT
BYU is encouraging any middle or high school girls basketball team to come for just $15. This includes up to 3 coaches, with a printed roster. Any family member that come can purchase a family pass for $15. Teams will have their own section, be recognized on the video screen, participate in halftime activities and have a meet 'n greet poster signing with the BYU Women's Basketball team, after the game.

Special Promotions for Eastern Washington Game - FAMILY PASS
Bring the entire family for $10. Normally, a family pass is $15.

2011-12 Probable Starters          
No. Name   Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG
33 Haley Hall Steed   G 5-4 Sr 14.3 8.3
4 Kim Parker   G 5-11 So 10.5 4.0
21 Lexi Eaton   G/F 5-11 Fr 10.5 3.0
32 Dani Peterson F 6-1 Sr 5.8 4.8
35 Kristen Riley C 6-3 Sr 4.3 6.8

2011-12 Stats Summary
-- Shooting from field: (.394, 87-221)
-- Shooting from three-point line: (.303, 20-66)
-- Shooting from free-throw line: (.743, 55-74)
-- Average points per game: 62.2
-- Average rebounds per game: 40.0
-- Average assists per game: 15.0
-- Average steals per game: 8.0
-- Average blocks per game: 4.0
-- Average turnovers per game: 18.8

About BYU
--The Cougars leading scorer and rebounder is senior guard Haley Hall Steed who averages 14.3 points per game while grabbing 8.3 boards.
--Second on the team in the rebounding category is senior center Kristen Riley who averages 6.8 rebounds per game. She's followed by senior forward Dani Peterson, who records 4.8 boards a contest.
--Steed leads the way in assists and steals with 18 and nine respectively.
--Riley, Peterson and sophomore center Jennifer Hamson are all tied in the blocks category, each with four.
--True freshman Lexi Eaton has the team’s best free throw percentage (.857, 12-14).


The Wisconsin Badgers will be making their first ever trip to Provo and have compiled a 1-3 record to date with their lone win coming on the road at Milwaukee, a 68-51 victory. They return two starters among the eight letterwinners from last year’s team that went 16-15 and finished tied for third in the Big 10 conference with a 10-6 mark. Wisconsin is led by 6-0 junior guard/forward Taylor Wurtz who averages 15.8 points and grabs a team high 11.0 rebounds per game. Jade Davis, a 5-9 senior guard tops the list in the assists category dishing out a total of 12 to date. Wurtz also has the most steals on the team with seven. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey is in her first year at the helm of the Wisconsin basketball program.

2011-12 Probable Starters          
No. Name   Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG
23 Ashley Thomas   F 6-2 Sr 7.3 3.3
40 Anya Covington   F 6-2 Sr 8.3 8.5
00 Jade Davis   G 5-9 Sr 7.3 2.5
02 Taylor Wurtz G/F 6-0 Jr 15.8 11.0
05 Morgan Paige G 5-9 So 9.8 2.3

Series Breakdown
Overall Series Record: BYU leads 1-0
BYU Record in Provo: n/a
BYU Record in Madison: n/a
BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0
BYU Record under coach Judkins: 1-0
BYU Record in Overtime Games: n/a

Last Meeting
The two teams met for the first time last season when both were competing in the Concord-Hilton Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by St. Mary’s. In that matchup the Cougars picked up the 67-55 victory led by senior guard Mindy Bonham’s 16 points with 11 points from  Haley Hall. BYU enjoyed a 44-26 advantage at the break and finished the contest outrebounding the Badgers 36-34. The Cougars shot 39 percent from the field and 60 from the free throw line and made eight of 26 attempted three pointers.



The Eagles of Eastern Washington return to the Marriott Center after a 17 year absence. They play Oregon State on Nov. 22 before making the trip to Provo. To date, the team has compiled a (2-1) record with wins over Corban and WCC foe San Diego. This year’s team has three starters among the nine letterwinners back from last year’s team that compiled a 13-18 overall record, finishing sixth with a 8-8 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles have two players putting up double figures in points with senior guard Brianne Ryan tallying 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Aubrey Ashenfelter follows with 12.0 points and 3.3 boards. The team’s leading rebounder is freshman forward Melissa Williams who grabs 7.7 rebounds a game. Chene Cooper has the most assists and steals on the squad with 16 and nine respectively. Head coach Wendy Schuller enters her 11th season with the women’s basketball program.

2011-12 Probable Starters          
No. Name   Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG
20 Brianne Ryan   F 5-10 Sr 17.7 5.7
42 Melissa Williams   F 6-1 Fr 5.0 7.7
21 Carrie Ojeda   F 6-1 Jr  8.0 6.0
05 Chene Cooper G 5-10 Sr 8.0 2.7
32 Aubrey Ashenfelter F 6-0 So 12.0 3.3

Series Breakdown
Overall Series Record: BYU leads 2-1
BYU Record in Provo: 1-1
BYU Record in Cheney: n/a
BYU Record in Neutral Sites: 1-0
BYU Record under coach Judkins: n/a
BYU Record in Overtime Games: n/a

Last Meeting
The last game these two teams played goes back to the 1994-95 season where the visiting Eastern Washington squad picked up an 83-71 victory in Provo on Dec. 29, 1994.

What’s Next
BYU’s women’s basketball team takes to the road once again for three more games when it participates in the Hukilau Invitational in Laie, Hawaii. The Cougars will play BYU-Hawaii on Nov. 29, Arizona on Dec. 1 and Syracuse on Dec. 3. All games will be played on the BYU-Hawaii campus at the Cannon Events Center.

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