After BYU women’s basketball lost to the New Mexico State Aggies on Wednesday night, the Cougars look for a win against Robyn Fairbanks and the Utah Valley State Wolverines Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
The BYU women’s basketball team is in danger of losing its fourth straight game, something that has not occurred in a decade. The last time the women’s basketball team lost four straight games was during the 1997-1998 season when the Cougars finished 15-14 and fifth in the Western Athletic Conference.”Utah Valley’s a great team,” said Mallary Gillespie-Carling, co-captain of the team. “They are coached very well and you can’t take them lightly.”
The Cougars are going to have their hands full with Fairbanks. A 6-foot-1-inch center from Raymond, Alberta, Canada, Fairbanks shoots 42.2 percent from behind the three-point arc and is a threat down in the post. She averages 22.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and one block per game.
The Wolverines (9-1) might not have played the greatest opponents, but they are playing great basketball, said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins.
The Cougars lost their last two games against Sacred Heart and New Mexico State by a combined seven points after getting blown out by Connecticut last Thursday. The Cougars may be lacking some confidence with many of their young players, but BYU looks to bounce back against UVSC.
Although BYU and UVSC are evenly matched teams, the Wolverines are not to be taken lightly.
“They [UVSC] runs the offense well, and it’ll be difficult to play defense against their offense,” Judkins said.