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Mavericks lead Cougars 62-55 in high-scoring NIT first half

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 10:05 pm | Permalink

After UT Arlington opened the game with a 5-0 run, Eric Mika knocked down a jumper to start the scoring for BYU. A jumper by Davin Guinn and two baskets from Yoeli Childs kept the Cougars within striking distance and UTA built a 13-8 lead with 17:16 remaining in the half. Nick Emery beat his man to score his first basket of the night and added a 3-pointer a few possesions later and BYU cut the lead to two. The teams traded baskets before Mika threw down a fast break dunk and added a pair of free throws to tie the score at 19 at the 12:54 mark. 

The Mavericks knocked down a basket from behind the arc, but TJ Haws answered for BYU with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 22. The Mavericks scored once more to retake the lead but Mika drew a foul on the following possesion and knocked down a pair of free throws to even the game once again. A quick 8-0 run put UTA ahead 32-24 with 10:10 remaining in the half. 

The Cougars fought back with a 9-2 run that included made free throws from Mika and Emery and BYU trailed 34-33 at the nine minute mark. Emery continued the scoring to keep BYU close and hit a long ball to tie the game at 38 with 7:31 left in the half. The Mavericks answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and a 6-4 run despite a pair of layups from Mika to take a 44-42 lead. TJ Haws scored next for BYU with a 3-point basket from long range and a pair of free throws from Mika tied the score at 47 with 4:16 to go before half time. 

The Mavericks knocked down two 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the half to put together a 14-7 run and the teams headed into the break with UT Arlington leading 62-55. 

Getting to Know: Brittni Hawes and assistant coach Brogan Evanson

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 10:53 am | Updated: March 15, 2017 11:06 am | Permalink

Brittni Hawes, redshirt junior

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Shailene Woodley.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
Water and music.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Obstetrician.

What is your favorite/the most interesting class you’ve taken at BYU?
Mind, Body, Health from Professor Cougar Hall.


Brogan Evanson, assistant coach

Who is your celebrity alike?
I’ve been told … Tea Leoni but everyone tells me I look like someone they know.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I don’t think any of my music is embarrassing but the gymnasts would say my 80s collection.

What do you like to do?
I love to bake desserts and cook breakfast.

What are you secretly good at?
I am not good yet, but I took a year of beginning piano lessons when I was 23. Someday I will get good at playing an instrument.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Maui, Hawaii, and I love to cruise the world.

What is your favorite thing about working with BYU gymnastics?
The relationships I get to build with the gymnasts and recruits.

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:43 pm | Updated: March 10, 2017 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Bull named Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week

Mar 07, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:21 am | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:29 am | Permalink

Picking up another honor this week, McKenna Bull was named the Madness West Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the San Diego Classic I last week.

On Monday, Bull was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. This is her first Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week nod. She is the second Cougar to be recognized by College Sports Madness after Libby Sugg was the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week following the first week of the season.

Bull won all three games she started at the San Diego Classic I, picking up victories over San Diego State, Miami (Ohio) and Boston University. In the 6-2 win over Miami, she broke the BYU record for strikeouts in a career, surpassing Paige Affleck's 803 after notching a season-high 11 strikeouts. By the end of the weekend, Bull upped her total to 808. She also picked up another shutout victory, leading the Cougars to a 9-0 win in five innings over Boston U. In over 21.0 innings pitched, she had a 0.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.

A full list of College Sports Madness' players of the week from different conferences can be seen on its website.

Williams and Langi to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 02, 2017 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:09 am | Updated: March 3, 2017 9:58 am | Permalink

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi are both participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in their quest to get drafted and continue their football careers at the next level.

Workouts for Williams, will begin Friday, March 3. The NFL Network's live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and continues each day through Monday's conclusion of the event.

Williams finished his BYU career as the school's career leader in rushing with 726 carries and 3,901 yards. He capped off his career with 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. His average of 137.5 rushing yards per game ranked No. 5 nationally.

Langi is scheduled to workout with the defensive linemen and linebackers beginning on Sunday, March 5. The versatile Langi played several different positions for the Cougars over the years, including middle and outside linebacker, defensive end and running back. 

Fans can view live coverage on the NFL Network and track results online at NFL.com/combine.

The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29.

Getting to Know: Hannah Miller

Mar 01, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 11:16 am | Updated: March 1, 2017 11:19 am | Permalink

Hannah Miller, freshman

What is your favorite app?
Twitter.

What is your favorite movie?
“World War Z.”

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Power” by Kanye West.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Hannah Montana theme song.

What are you secretly good at?
Dancing.

Who is your favorite professor at BYU?
Jane Hinckley.

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.  

Conluding day one of MSPF Championships

Feb 24, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:50 pm | Updated: February 24, 2017 10:57 pm | Permalink

In the women's 5000 meter run, Laura Young recorded a new personal record of 16:15.66 as she took sixth overall. Alice Jensen likewise set a new personal record, finishing in 16:45.35 and in 12th overall. Yesenia Silva came in 19th overall with a time of 16:51.37.

Rory Linkletter recored a second-place finish overall in the men's 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.49 while Nicolas Montanez set a new personal record of 14:09.08 and took eighth overall. Daniel Carney also set a personal record in his debut in the event, taking 13th overall in 14:13.94.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Tatenda Tsumba took third overall in the preliminaires with a time of 6.74 and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Curtis Brown finished just one spot out of qualifications in ninth place in 6.85. 

Tsumba took fourth overall in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.25, with Brown in 10th in 21.74. Drew Tingey finished in 22.00 and took 14th place, and Jesus Serrano took 22nd overalll in 22.44. 

In the women's 200 meters, Keesha Miller set a new personal record of 25.18 and took 21st overall. Lauren Baxter finished in 37th overall in 25.73. 

Serrano and Max Scheible competed in the men's 60-meter hurdles, Serrano finishing in 8.36, with Scheible close behind with an 8.41.  

The men's DMR squad finished in 9:50.53 for third place overall.

Men's heptathletes Kevin Nielsen, Jackson Walker and Brian Matthews all participated on Friday, with Nielsen finishing the day in third place with 3129 points, Walker in ninth with 2866 points and Matthews in 12th with 2721 points. Walker and Matthews both set new personal records in the long jump of 6.85m and 6.65m, respectively. 

Penthathlete Lindsay Yetter sits in third place overall with 3395 points.