BYU women's basketball opens 2022-23 on the road at Colorado State
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's basketball opens the 2022-23 regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. MT on the road at Colorado State. The game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.
First-year head coach Amber Whiting makes her official debut at the helm of the program after 21-year head coach Jeff Judkins retired following a historic run leading the Cougars. BYU went 26-4 last season, clinched a regular-season West Coast Conference championship and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Rams of Colorado State finished 21-12 overall last season with a 9-9 mark in the Mountain West. The Cougars and Colorado State have matched up 79 times in history, spending decades together in the same conferences over the years. BYU has a 55-24 record against the Rams, with the Cougars winning the last matchup, 51-42 in Provo in 2018.
- NEW ERA. BYU is had a new head coach for the first time in 21 seasons after the retirement of Jeff Judkins. Judkins, the winningest coach in school history (455 wins) paved the way for first-time head coach Amber Whiting, a Cougar alum to take the rains in 2022-23. BYU is will also need to replace the WCC Player of the Year (Shaylee Gonzales), another All-WCC First Team selection (Paisley Harding) and an All-WCC Honorable Mention (Tegan Graham). The Cougars are also replacing point guard Maria Albiero who was tied with Paisley Harding for the most played games in school history.
- WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS. BYU won its fifth regular-season conference title under head coach Jeff Judkins with a 15-1 record in league play. The last time the program won back-to-back regular-season titles was during the 05-06 and 06-07 campaigns.
- FINAL YEAR IN THE WCC. This the Cougars’ last year in the West Coast Conference before a move to the Big 12 Conference for the 2023-24 season. BYU was picked to finish third in the league in the preseason coaches poll.
- WINNERS. BYU won 25 games in the regular season last year, the most ever in the history of the program. The Cougars had previously won 24 games three different times, all coming under head coach Jeff Judkins (11-12, 13-14, 15-16).
- RETURNERS. BYU returns one of the nations’ top rebounders, All-WCC First Team selection Lauren Gustin in 2022-23. Gustin was a finalist for the Katrina McClain Award last year, averaging a double-double at 10.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The Cougars also return one of the squads deadliest 3-point shooters in Nani Falatea who hit 50 percent of her treys last season (21 of 42) to set a school record.
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