The BYU women’s basketball team takes to the road heading to the East to play a series of games this week, beginning with Dartmouth Tuesday.
“They have some really good shooters,” BYU Coach Jeff Judkins said. “We’ve got to do a good job of not letting them get open shots. We’ve got a deeper bench then they do, but it’s hard when you’re on the road and it’s a long ways away and everything’s totally different, so they’ll be a good challenge for us.”
After a win in their first game of the season, the Cougars look forward to playing more teams and gaining some more wins.
“We want to play these games one at a time,” Judkins said. “Take care of business tomorrow, and hopefully beat Boston College, then take care of Harvard. We want to just go as a team and get better as a team.”
Keeping a good focus and staying strong in the fundamentals will help the team gain a win from a team like Dartmouth.
“I think we’re more athletic than them,” sophomore guard Lexi Eaton said. “But they’re smart so we really have to focus on our defensive principles to help carry us this game.”
Something the Cougars have going for them is the experience of players on their team who help lead and guide the younger players.
“I think experience makes a huge difference,” Eaton said. “We have a 7-year point-guard that leads the team well and that’s huge. I definitely think that experience will give us an edge. We’ve seen a lot, we’ve been to the tournament, so we know what it takes to win.”
The team has three games this week with only a one-day break in between, even though they are away from home they plan on taking care of themselves in order to play their best.
“We’ve got to make sure we get plenty of sleep,” senior guard Haley Steed said. “We’ve got to eat well, sleep well and just take care of our bodies.”
BYU takes on Dartmouth Tuesday at 5 p.m. PST before taking on Boston College and Harvard Thursday and Friday.