BYU Women’s Basketball First 3 Stories

BYU Women’s Basketball 2016-17 Season Preview

BYU women’s basketball is returning for the 2016-17 season after a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament last season.

“This team has a lot of depth,” head coach Jeff Judkins said. “We have a lot of kids that hopefully, through many years of learning from their coaches, will understand that their opportunity will come and they will be able to make the most of it.”

The Cougars went 26-7 last season, winning the regular season West Coast Conference championship and making the NCAA tournament as a No. 7 seed. Their 78-69 loss to the No. 10 seed Missouri in the tournament has BYU looking for redemption.

But the team will have to replace its second all-time leading scorer, Lexi Eaton Rydalch. Rydalch led the team in scoring last year, averaging 24.2 points per game.

Judkins said it will be a team effort to replace Rydalch.

Read more at The Daily Universe.

BYU Women’s Basketball Beats Westminster 77-59

The BYU women’s basketball team defeated Westminster 77-59 in the Marriott Center on Wednesday night in its first exhibition game. The Cougars finished with three double-digit scorers in the blowout victory.

Kalani Purcell – last season’s West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year – finished with 11 points and 1- rebounds. Cassie Broadhead and Kristine Nelson each added 11 points.

“I think Kalani played solid,” head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Cassie played really well tonight. I think you saw some things from her that she could help us with.”

The Cougars came out hot, taking a 23-12 lead in the first quarter and they never looked back. They led 41-24 at the half.

BYU struggled to maintain an offensive rhythm in the second half, going scoreless for a two-minute stretch in the fourth quarter.

Judkins wants the team to focus more on time and score.

Read more at The Daily Universe.

BYU Women’s Basketball Wins Second Exhibition Game

The BYU women’s basketball team defeated Colorado Mesa 81-62 on Friday night in its second exhibition contest. The Cougars had three double-digit scorers in their dominating victory.

Despite the 19-point victory, BYU head coach Jeff Judkins wasn’t completely satisfied with his team’s effort.

“I thought we played well the other night,” Judkins said. “Tonight, I don’t think we played as well as we needed to.”

The Cougars turned the ball over 20 times on the night, which translated to 22 of Mesa’s 62 points.

Senior Makenzi Pulsipher, who was named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team last season, scored 15 points. Junior Cassie Broadhead added 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting.

“I thought the starting team was fine,” Judkins said. “I thought Cassie played really well. She had one of her best halves.”

Read more at The Daily Universe.

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