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Eventful Thursday for the Cougars in Miami Beach

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:26 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:30 pm | Permalink

Thursday proved an eventful day in Miami Beach for the Cougars. From meetings to practice, to a little free time to the official Miami Beach Bowl welcome bash, to cheering on the BYU women's volleyball team to victory—it was a great day to be a Cougar!

After team and positions meetings first thing in the morning, the team bused into Miami for practice at Florida International University. Following practice the team did a lift and media interviews prior to returning to Miami Beach and the wonderful hospitality at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Players enjoyed a few hours to hit the beach adjacent to the hotel while coaches continued to meet and prepare for Monday's bowl matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis. 

The evening got started with the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash & BBQ hosted poolside at Loews. After a fine meal, BYU and Memphis players convened at the pool to enjoy some music and a little fun-natured competition. Among those participating, BYU's Travis Tuiloma and Moose Bingham represented the Cougars in a dance challenge and Manu Mulitalo and Graham Rowley carried the flag for BYU in the splash competition. All represented well and the Cannonball efforts of Mulitalo and Rowley brought the winning approval of the crowd.

One highlight of the day came when many members of the team settled into the BYU hospitality suite to cheer on the women's volleyball team in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 2-seed Texas. The football team and members of the travel party enjoyed seeing the Cougars win a four-set thriller (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24) to advance to the NCAA Championship match on Thursday night.

Go Cougars!

Football arrives in Miami

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by at 10:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:24 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team traveled to Miami Wednesday in advance of Monday's inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against the American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis Tigers. 

The Cougars practiced in Provo Wednesday morning before making the trek across the country to South Florida. They will conduct their first practice in Miami on Thursday morning before the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash late Thursday afternoon officially welcomes both the BYU and Memphis teams to Miami. 

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the teams arrival Wednesday night at Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach. 

Miami Beach Bowl Fireside Sunday at 5 p.m.

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by at 10:32 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 12:52 am | Permalink

The BYU football team will conduct a fireside Sunday from 5-6 p.m. ET at Loews Miami Beach Hotel located at 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. The fireside will take place in Salon 3 in the hotel. Cougar fans and all interested in attending are encouraged to come to the fireside.

A great parking option is at a city-owned self-parking lot directly across the street from the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel. The parking lot cost is $2 for 2 hours. However, the parking fee will be covered for those attending. Each person that parks in the self-parking lot simply needs to bring the automated ticket with them to the fireside and present it at a table to have the self-parking fee covered.

Women's volleyball prepares for national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:08 pm | Updated: December 17, 2014 7:38 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball traveled to Oklahoma City yesterday in preparation for its national semifinal match against No. 2 Texas. The Cougars began the day meeting with the ESPN talent and having a photo shoot. The team then practiced in the unfamiliar Chesapeake Energy Arena for 90 minutes before heading off to a press conference. Amy Boswell, Alexa Gray, Jennifer Hamson and coach Shawn Olmstead took turns addressing the media. The Cougars returned to the hotel following the press conference to study for and take finals. The team concluded the day by heading to the Championship Banquet, where Ciara Parker represented the squad on the stage. At the conclusion of the banquet, Boswell was awarded the Elite 89 award for women's volleyball.

BYU faces off against No. 2 Texas Thursday at 6 p.m. CST. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and BYU radio.

New Track and Field Commit: Lauren Ellsworth

Dec 15, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:10 pm | Updated: December 15, 2014 3:23 pm | Permalink

At what point did you realize you could run in college?

“The first time I knew I could run in college was the end of my freshmen year. I had an unexpected finish to the year and I knew when it was over that I could only get better.”

What was the recruiting process like?

“It was a long process. I had certain criteria that I wanted the schools to fit. As each school didn’t fit it, I would cross them off. I basically narrowed it down to two schools. I went on a couple official visits and afterwards knew where I wanted to go.”

What were some of the criteria?

“I wanted to do both running and nursing. The coach was definitely important. I really liked Coach Shane and Coach Eyestone. They were definitely factors in my decision.”

What stood out at BYU?

“The team stood out to me. There wasn’t any drama, they were all pretty close. They were nice and they are good. You could tell that most of them liked each other.”

What is your best event?

“The 800-meters.” – Her time of 2:07.61 in the 800-meters last season ranked among the top-10 times in the nation.

Ellsworth is a senior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She will join the team in the fall of 2015. 

Get to know Mary Christensen, new BYU commit

Dec 12, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 3:47 pm | Updated: December 12, 2014 3:57 pm | Permalink

At what point did you realize you could run in college?

“It was my junior year. That was the breakout year for me. Since my sophomore year I was the top runner on the team, but in my junior year when I started placing higher, I started to realize I was better than I thought I was. Then I started getting letters from college coaches.”

What was your recruiting process like?

“I talked with most schools in the state. I didn’t really want to go out of state. It was just different when I toured BYU. It was really nice.”

“I came down to BYU at the beginning of November near the signing period and I toured the athletic facilities as well as the school.”

Why did you choose BYU?

“I just really liked the atmosphere. I liked the girls and how they all got along. I really like the coaching staff. They were really nice, and they seemed to really understand the girls. I really liked the facilities. They were very nice and looked like they could take care of an athlete.”

What stood out about the school?

“BYU didn’t seem like the best option for me until I toured there. I really liked the spirituality of the school and how everything ties together with that. That was really important to me.”

What is your best event?

“I would like to think my best event is the 1600 meters.”

What is your strength as a runner?

“I think I’m really good at pacing myself, and at the end I usually have a pretty good kick too.”

What are your goals for your final year of high school track?

“I really want to break a five-minute mile and 11-minute two-mile and just get my times down from there.”

 

Mary is a senior at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah. She plans to join BYU’s team in the summer of 2015.

Women's volleyball prepares for battle with No. 6 Florida State

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:34 pm | Updated: December 11, 2014 9:36 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began their first full day in Seattle by studying for finals and viewing film on their opponent. The Cougars then headed over to Alaska Airlines Arena for a press conference and practice. Coach Shawn Olmstead, junior outside hitter Alexa Gray and senior opposite Jennifer Hamson addressed the media and fielded questions. Following practice and a team activity, the Cougars returned to the hotel to continue school studies. BYU hits the floor Friday at 4 p.m. PST against Florida State with the winner advancing to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament against either No. 3 Washington or No. 14 Nebraska.

Tyler Haws Weekly Record Roundup

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 12:43 pm | Updated: December 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Permalink

Senior guard Tyler Haws continues his move up the record books. This week he moved into the top 10 in 3-pointers made, minutes played and games started at BYU. He passed Anthony Ireland on the West Coast Conference career scoring list for all games. Haws also set the WCC record for made free throws in a career and continues to add to it. He's also now top five nationally in five offensive categories and is top 25 in seven categories.

BYU Career Scoring List

Haws trails only four players on BYU's career scoring list:

Player Points to
4. Devin Durrant 128
3. Michael Smith 162
2. Danny Ainge 310
1. Jimmer Fredette 442

WCC Career Overall Scoring List

Haws is now fourth on the WCC career scoring list for all games after he passed Anthony Ireland on Wednesday night. His total includes points scored during his freshman season in the Mountain West:

Player Points to
3. Terrell Lowery 14
2. Kevin Foster 236
1. Hank Gathers 356

National Rankings

Haws currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in seven offensive categories:

  • 1st in total points
  • 1st in field goals made
  • 3rd in free throws made
  • 3rd in points per game
  • 3rd in field goal attempts
  • 8th in free throw attempts
  • 21st in free-throw percentage

Watch Lists

Haws was named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List and to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. His offensive production compares favorably with the 49 others on both lists. Haws is:

  • 1st in points per game with 24.3 (2nd most is Nebraska's Terran Petteway at 20.6)
  • 1st in totals points with 243 (2nd is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant with 190)
  • 1st in free throws made with 65 (2nd most is Harvard's Wesley Saunders at 48)
  • 1st in free throw attempts with 71 (2nd most is Harvard's Wesley Saunders at 58)
  • 1st in field goals made with 78 (2nd most is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant at 68)
  • 1st in field goal attempts with 157 (2nd most is Georgia State's RJ Hunter at 130)
  • 5th in free-throw percentage with 91.5 percent (trails Stanford's Chasson Randle, SMU's Nic Moore, Oregon's Joseph Young and Iowa State's Georges Niang, though Haws has 30 more attempts than the next closest of the four)

Head-to-Head

Haws has now faced two other Wooden/Naismith watch list candidates with three more such games left on the schedule.

San Diego State 92, BYU 87, 2OT Nov. 24, 2014 at Maui Invitational

Winston Shepard (Naismith Trophy Watch List) and Tyler Haws (Naismith and Wooden Award lists):

Utah 65, BYU 61 Dec. 10, 2014 at the Marriott Center

Delon Wright (Naismith and Award lists) and Tyler Haws (Naismith and Wooden lists)

BYU vs. Stanford Dec. 20 (Chasson Randle)

BYU vs. Gonzaga Dec. 27 and Feb. 28 (Kevin Pangos)

 

BYU falls to No. 13 Utah 65-61

Dec 10, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:19 pm | Permalink

The two teams started off the second half trading buckets. Chase Fischer made a 3-pointer to put BYU up 38-34. Utah responded by going on a 10-0 run to take the 44-38 lead with 16:05 left in the game.

Tyler Haws nailed a shot beyond the arc to get within three, but the Utes answered back with a three of their own to take the 52-42 lead with 11:30 remaining.

Kyle Collinsworth and Haws both made layups to keep the Cougars within striking range despite the Utes’ lead, but two treys and a layup from Anson Winder energized the crowd, making the score 61-57 with 3:27 left with Utah leading.

With 1:27 remaining, Collinsworth made a putback off of a miss, putting BYU within three points. However, late free throws sealed the deal for Utah. The Utes won 65-61. Haws led all scorers with 23 points.

BYU leads Utah 31-30 at the half

Dec 10, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:01 pm | Permalink

The game started off with a big block from Josh Sharp that led to Tyler Haws’ first jumper of the night and BYU’s first points. Utah answered back quickly, going on a 7-0 run to lead 7-2 with 17:11 left in the first half.

The Utes pushed ahead, but a tag-team block from Corbin Kaufusi and Haws gave the Cougars the possession and Haws made a jumper to make it 19-11 with 10:45 remaining in the half. Utah answered back with a quick 5-0 run. Skyler Halford got a steal and broke away for a layup, which put BYU down 24-15 with 9:26 left.

BYU went on a six-minute, 14-0 run that included back-to-back dunks and a three from Kyle Collinsworth along with two 3-pointers from Haws go up 31-28 with 33 seconds left. The Utes closed out the first half with two made free throws to make the halftime score 31-30 with the Cougars leading.

Haws and Collinsworth led all scorers in the first half with 12 and 11 points respectively. Halford had three steals and two assists off the bench.