BYU Women’s Basketball tips off in just a couple of weeks and the Lady Cougars are looking to build on last year’s performance.
The team looks just as good, if not better than, last year with the return of many team leaders and the debut of incoming freshman, including Kristine Fuller out of Crystal Beach, Florida. She can play the guard and forward positions. In high school, Fuller scored 41 points in one game, so fans should expect her to make a major impact early on.
After winning the West Coast Conference Tournament and making it to the NCAAs last season, The Lady Cougars are hungry for more.
BYU lost some height after forwards Kristen Riley and Dani Peterson graduated. Head coach Jeff Judkins will try to use the smaller line-up to his advantage to run the opposition off the court.
“The strength of this team is that we can really shoot the ball and we can really put the ball on the ground and we can run. This team is by far the fastest team that I’ve had,” Judkins raved.
And run they will. BYU’s deepest position is at guard led by seventh-year graduate Haley Steed and fellow senior Keilani Unga who is back after missing two seasons. Keilani started all 33 games two years ago. Now, with two kids, she will have to juggle basketball with motherhood. Her biggest contribution to the team will be her leadership.
The Lady Cougars return just five upperclassmen. The rest of the team is full of young guns, but what they lack in experience they make up for with raw talent.
“The freshman look great,” said sophomore guard Lexi Eaton. “They pick up things quickly and they’re athletic and smart so i’m excited to play with them.”
“Our freshmen class that just came in is a really good class,” added Steed. “I know that the program is in good hands in the future because that class is loaded.”
When the Lady Cougars take the court on November first both the experts and the rookies will be hitting the ground running and shooting for a ticket to the big dance.