Weber State is up next for BYU’s women’s basketball


From Oklahoma to Kansas to Utah.

The BYU women’s basketball team had a week full of traveling. The past two games were out-of-state, but Saturday will be the last away game for the Cougars until Nov. 29.

BYU takes on Weber State in the Dee Events Center in Ogden at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re going to have a dog fight,” coach Jeff Judkins said. “We haven’t beaten Weber State up there the last two times.”

The Cougars’ most recent victory over the Wildcats on Weber State’s turf was in 2005, by a 63-47 score. The last time BYU played there, in 2009, was a nail-biter — BYU losing by one point.

Weber State hasn’t won a game this season but has only played away games. Saturday will mark the Wildcats’ home opener.

Following the one win and one loss on the road earlier this week, Judkins has insights on what needs to be the focus Saturday.

“We need to really focus, and be way more aggressive, and play hard, and not let their inside presence  bother us,” Judkins said. “I think if we do that we’ll be in good shape.”

Sophomore starting guard Kim Parker sees both positive and negative aspects of away games.

“When you’re on the road, sometimes there’s the ref situation, [and] you don’t have as many of the fans for you cheering,” Parker said. “But I think road games … make you focus more.You’re not in your daily routine; you’re not going to school every day; you’re not thinking about other things. So it’s good in that way.”

Parker said a huge factor for the game will be keeping their composure.

“This was a tough week,” Judkins said. “We didn’t really want to plan it this way, but sometimes you have to.”

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