Cougars versus Cougars

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The BYU women’s basketball team heads to Pullman, Wash. to take on the Washington State Cougars Saturday.

The team looks to gather its fourth win of the year after having defeated the Arizona Wildcats Tuesday. In Tuesday’s game the Cougars had three players score double figures to help pull the team to their 62-48 win.

“I think the big thing is focus,” senior guard Haley Steed said. “With that comes preparation too, being focused on the preparations you have made and bringing that into the game.”

BYU comes into this game with a 3-2 season, having lost games at Boston College and Harvard.

“Right now, with our team it’s just coming together,” Steed said. “We’re trying to find a better team chemistry to make those runs (of greatness) longer. I don’t think we’ve figured out what makes this team tick yet, but the season is young.”

The Washington State Cougars have a 1-3 run so far this year and have three players putting up double figures as well. They also return three starters from last season’s team who contributed to a 13–20, 5–13 record last year.

The Cougars have met each other before in the 2001-02 season where BYU grabbed a 94-67 win.

Players to watch in this year’s match up is BYU’s junior center Jennifer Hamson, who joined the Cougars just last Tuesday after finishing her volleyball season at BYU. After just one game with the Cougars, Hamson is already the team’s top scorer and rebounder, scoring an average 23 points per game and rebounding an average of 14 boards per game.

For the Washington State Cougars, lead scorer and rebounder is Lia Galdeira, who averages 17.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

BYU is ready to take to the road for their fifth game in row away from home and plan on beginning the game with a presence.

“We always just talk about how the first couple of minutes will set the tone for the game,” junior guard Kim Parker Beeston said.

The BYU Cougars play the Washington State Cougars Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bohler Gym.

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