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Cougars up by six over Dons at half, 38-32

Jan 12, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 8:02 pm | Updated: January 12, 2017 8:05 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs started the matchup with two quick back-to-back layups a minute into the first period. With a 3-pointer from Nick Emery, the Cougars took a five-point lead over the San Francisco Dons, 7-2.

The Dons began to close the gap at the 4-minute mark, but a few baskets exchanged between Emery and Eric Mika brought BYU to a 16-7 lead over San Francisco. The Cougars kept the pressure over San Francisco, extending to a 12-point lead after a jumper from Emery with 10 minutes left in the first period.

The Dons began to find the basket again with a little less than three minutes remaining, tightening the score to 34-30. After rebounding his own shot, L.J. Rose found the basket for a 3-point field goal with 2:38 on the clock. The Cougars held a six-point lead over the Dons at halftime, 38-32.

Emery led the game with 18 total points, followed by 9 points from Mika. The Cougars shot 48 percent from the field to 41 percent from the Dons. Both teams ended the half with 19 rebounds. 

Now Batting: Briielle Breland

Jan 11, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:42 pm | Updated: January 11, 2017 3:49 pm | Permalink

Each Wednesday until the season opener on Feb. 9, one of five new players on this year's softball roster will be featured on the blog. Check back every Wednesday to meet the newcomers.


Briielle Breland
Junior infielder

Why did you come to BYU?
I came to BYU because I am a new member of the church. I just got baptized last November. I was playing at another college (Grand Canyon) and I needed a better environment, so I came to BYU.

When did you start playing softball?
I started when I was four years old. My mom played, so she put me in it. Then I loved it and have played ever since.

What is your favorite softball memory?
With my club team we won the national championship in back-to-back years.

Who do you look up to in sports?
I really like Brandon Crawford form the San Francisco Giants. They are my team and he is a really good shortstop. Other than that, Hunter Pence because he is a weirdo.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I am literally the most superstitious person ever. There is literally not enough time to tell them all. One is whenever I start warming up throwing, I have to take my partner’s glove on the line open, and I throw the ball into an empty glove. In the batter’s box and in-between every inning I do things too.

Other than softball, what is your favorite sport?
Volleyball. I played volleyball all throughout high school. If I had started volleyball the same time I started softball, I probably would’ve stuck with volleyball because I love it so much.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A New Zealand and Australia trip. I really like the outdoors, and they have that kind of lifestyle, so that’s where I would like to go.

What is your dream job?
To be a dentist. That is what I’m going to school for. Or a dental hygienist. My major is exercise science. I want to go to dental school after I graduate.

What is your favorite thing about BYU aside from softball?
It is something I both like and dislike, but the location. I’ve never lived in snow or near mountains. Arizona is just flat and brown and dry, so this is different.

Getting to Know: Cheyenne Hill and coach Natalie Broekman

Jan 11, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 3:24 pm | Updated: January 11, 2017 3:38 pm | Permalink

Cheyenne Hillsophomore

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

Carrie Underwood.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Bora Bora.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?

“Centuries” by Fall Out Boy.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?

Julianne Hough.

What are you secretly good at?

Singing and organizing.

What is your favorite saying?

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years,"


Natalie Broekman, assistant coach

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

Meg Ryan.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Escargot and frog legs.

What are you secretly good at?

Sending handwritten notes!

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

“More Than Words” by Extreme

Tell us something interesting about you.

I love Costco with all my heart. Mostly, I love people-watching at Costco! You can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their cart!

What is your favorite thing about BYU gymnastics?

I love seeing the potential in my gymnasts and watching as my belief in them becomes their own! I love being able to offer encouragement and fine-tune these gymnasts during their last years in the sport. It’s awesome to see them become better than they’ve ever been! 

Kalani Sitake part of ESPNEWS CFP National Championship coverage

Jan 09, 2017 - Posted by at 2:24 pm | Updated: January 9, 2017 4:49 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake will be one of the coaches featured on the popular Coaches Film Room (ESPNEWS) program that is part of ESPN's MegaCast Production of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

This year's production on ESPNEWS will feature limited commercial breaks. During some breaks in the action on the other networks, ESPNEWS will stay with the Bristol, Conn., based production as the featured coaches provide in-depth analysis from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration – like last year during this Deshaun Watson TD throw.

Brian Griese, ESPN college football analyst and national championship winning quarterback with Michigan (1997), joins the coaches to add his insight. The following coaches will be particiapte in this year's Coaches Film Room:  

  • Matt Rhule (Baylor)
  • Steve Addazio (Boston College)
  • Kalani Sitake (BYU)
  • Mike MacIntrye (Colorado)
  • Dave Doeren (NC State)
  • Dino Babers (Syracuse)


Click the following link for more information about the ESPN MegaCast.

Cougars dominate Tigers 91-62

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:04 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs dunked for the Cougars’ first points of the second half. An L.J. Rose 3-pointer extended BYU’s advantage 54-33 with 18:39 on the clock. Back-to-back dunks by Eric Mika then gave the Cougars a 25-point lead. The Tigers made their first 3-pointer of the night with 14 minutes to go to counter BYU’s 67-42 advantage.

Both teams went cold from the field for over three minutes before Nick Emery brought BYU back into action with a basket from 3-point range. Pacific answered with 3-pointer of its own, but it wasn’t enough the spark the Tiger offense. Freshman Colby Leifson checked into the game and hit a shot from the arc for an 83-52 lead with seven minutes to go. The Cougars led by a game-high 34 points as Leifson hit another 3-pointer with 2:54 left in the game. 

Elijah Bryant scored a total of 17 points while Erik Mika tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. The Cougars outshot the Tigers 42 percent to 19 percent from beyond the arc as BYU's bench contributed 30 points in the victory. 

Three Cougars with double-digit points give BYU 47-29 first half advantage over Pacific

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 8:01 pm | Permalink

Freshman TJ Haws opened the West Coast Conference matchup with a basket from the top of the arc. After two and a half minutes of play, Nick Emery capped the Cougars’ 8-1 opening run with a 3-pointer.

A trip to the charity stripe by Elijah Bryant increased BYU’s lead 13-8 before the Tigers countered with a jump shot to bring the score within three. The Cougars continued to fuel their offense as another pair of Bryant free throws gave BYU its first double-digit advantage of the game, 25-14, with ten minutes to go.

The Cougars built a 15-point lead as BYU held Pacific to a two minute scoring drought. The Tigers struggled to get back into rhythm as Haws fired another 3-pointer to put BYU up 38-23 with 4:34 left on the clock. The Cougars led by 18 going into halftime on a Bryant shot from the arc.

Bryant led BYU with 13 points while Haws and Eric Mika added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mika also tallied nine rebounds in the first half. The Cougars shot 43 percent from the field as they held the Tigers to 32 percent shooting and 0-8 from 3-point range.

Getting to Know: Shannon Hortman and Natasha Trejo

Jan 04, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:04 pm | Updated: January 4, 2017 2:43 pm | Permalink

Shannon Hortmanfreshman

What is your favorite movie?

“She’s the Man.”

What is your favorite app?

Google Maps—I’d be lost without it.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

The Blue Hole in Jamaica.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

Sleeping Beauty.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

“Nobody’s Perfect” by Hannah Montana

What are two things you must have on road trips?

Hot fries and a pillow.


Natasha Trejo, sophomore

What are your favorite movies?

“What About Bob?” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?

Emma Watson.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

Boston.

What are you secretly good at?

Playing and piano and guitar.

What kind of music do you like?

Jazz music: Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé. 

What is your favorite saying?

“Be someone who makes everyone feel like a somebody.”

BYU blows out Santa Clara, 89-59

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:28 pm | Permalink

Coming out of the break, Mika again came away with the first points of the half, and sophomore Nick Emery then found his first points of the game with a jumper to put the Cougars up 47-26. Leading by 23 at the 13:05 mark, Steven Beo found the basket again for his third 3-pointer of the contest and was quickly followed by Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika layups to push the BYU edge to 30 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Junior Corbin Kaufusi suited up for the Cougars for the first time this season and checked in with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. BYU then used points from nearly every athlete on the roster, including 3-pointers from Nick Emery, Payton Dastrup and Colby Leifson to finish the contest.  BYU reached the large lead of the game at 35 points with 3:28 remaining, 84-49, and the Cougars finished off the Broncos with a final score of 89-59.

Three Cougars tallied double-digit scoring. Mika finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, with Haws and Beo close behind with 17 and 12, respectively. Aytes logged eight points, and Emery and Childs finished with seven each. 

Cougars carry double-digit lead over Broncos at the break

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Despite the Broncos winning the opening tipoff, Cougar senior Eric Mika came away with the first four points of the game. After two quick fouls on freshman Yoeli Childs, sophomore Braiden Shaw checked into the game. Senior L.J. Rose came away with a three-point play after a takeaway on the other end and the Cougars went up 7-3. BYU went up nine at the 11:54 mark after junior Jamal Aytes came up with a layup, then quickly extended it to 11 with an Eric Mika throw down, 20-9.

Mika reached double digits in points, 10, only nine minutes into the contest, and Aytes had an impressive showing in the first half, going 4-of-4 from the field and finishing with eight points. Freshman Steven Beo drained his second 3-pointer for the Cougars at the 6:20 mark to put them up 21, 35-14. BYU continued to hit from the field including points from freshman TJ Haws, Childs and Mika. The Cougars maintained a comfortable 18-point lead into the locker room, 44-26.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Haws and Aytes were close behind, with eight points each. Beo finished the half with seven points. Rose had five points, four rebounds and three assists. Childs ended with two points and two rebounds.