December 6, 2017
After two close losses on the road last week, the BYU women’s basketball team returns home for a pair of games against in-state foes with recruiting and bragging rights at stake.
The Cougars (3-4), who dropped a 79-74 overtime game at Northern Colorado and lost 56-54 at Colorado State last week, has now lost three straight games. BYU hosts Utah State (1-6) in the Marriott Center on Wednesday afternoon and plays rival Utah on Saturday.
“First of all, those two teams that we played will probably win their conference,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said on his weekly coach’s show. “We were right there. The games came right down to the wire, but we just didn’t make the plays that we needed to. Talking about it as a staff, we were this close to being 5-2, or even 6-1.”
BYU has an opportunity to pick up wins at home this week. Utah State has struggled out of the gate, but Judkins believes the Aggies have played a tough schedule. Sophomore guard Olivia West leads Utah State in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
The Cougars have dominated the series with the Aggies (35-3) and Utah State hasn’t won in the Marriott Center since 1978.
On Saturday BYU hosts Utah in their annual battle.
“Utah is a very, very good team,” Judkins said. “They’re legit. They just beat Saint Mary’s, which is one of the better teams in our conference, so they’re going to come in with a lot of confidence.”
Last year Utah won in a rout in Salt Lake City, 77-60, but the Cougars won four of the five previous meetings.
The Utes will host Pepperdine on Wednesday.