BYU defeats Seattle in a non-conference game


A technical foul on BYU gave Seattle some extra points, nut that didn’t stop the Cougars as they pushed through for a non-conference win.

Another road victory makes eight consecutive wins for the BYU women’s basketball team, which is currently ranked in the top 25. The Cougars have won 19 out of their last 20 games.

“We haven’t played a team like this all year — a team that really trapped and played the zone,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said in a news release. “It was kind of like a street ball game. I thought a lot of players did well tonight, but we need to continue getting better defensively, especially off the dribble.”

The Cougars (19-3, 7-1) shot well from the floor. Sophomore Stephanie Vermunt got major playing time and she didn’t waste a second of it. Shooting 4-for-5 from the 3- point line, she had 14 points. She shot 80 percent from outside the arc.

“I was proud, I thought that a lot of players played well tonight,” Judkins said. “Vermunt came in and hit some big shots for us.”

In the second half Vermunt was called for a technical foul, allowing Seattle (12-9, 9-5). Even with the technical, BYU pushed the ball up and down the court.

Seniors Kristen Riley, Haley Steed and Dani Peterson also played wel. Riley had another double-double, recording 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Steed, who is in the top 10 in NCAA women’s basketball in assists, had five during the game. She is leading the WCC.

Riley and sophomore Jennifer Hamson dominated the post positions. Hamson had six blocks and nine points.

“Jenn [Hamson] is really good defensively,” Judkins said. “She’s helping and she’s timing things well and I think she’s going to get better. I think she’s in the right spot.”

Guard Kim Parker was a big presence on the court as she scored 15 points.

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