BYU hosts Montana State on Saturday
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's basketball will host the Montana State Bobcats on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. MT at the Marriott Center. The game will be streamed on the BYUtv App and BYUtv.org.
The game is BYU's home opener in Provo for the 2022-23 season. The Cougars went 15-0 last season at home and have won 30 consecutive home games.
Montana State won its season opener against Providence (Montana) on Monday. The Bobcats went 22-13 last year, winning the Big Sky Tournament and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament where they were defeated by Stanford in the first round.
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- MONTANA STATE. BYU and Montana State are meeting on the court for the 13th time. BYU holds a 9-3 advantage in the series, winning the matchup last season 89-67 in Bozeman. The Cougars also won the last game in Provo with a 72-58 win at the Marriott Center in 2020.
- LAST GAME: It was a tale of two halves, with BYU leading 39-35 at halftime against Colorado State in the season opener. The Rams got hot in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 47-23 and winning the game 82-62. Arielle Mackey-Williams was a bright spot, scoring 18 points, including 16 in the first half.
- MARRIOTT CENTER WINNING STREAK. Entering the season, BYU has won 30 consecutive games at the Marriott Center after back-to-back seasons of undefeated play at home. The school record is 33 games, set across 1978 to 1981.
- 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.
- 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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