The Cougars clinched their first WCC regular season crown with a 68-60 victory over San Diego on Feb. 18. With a season best 51 percent shooting from the field, the team put on a show for the record 2,293 fans at the Marriott Center for Senior Night. BYU’s title broke Gonzaga’s streak of 11-straight championships.
WCC Player of the Year Lexi Eaton-Rydalch
As the conference leader in scoring, Lexi Eaton-Rydalch averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Cougars while scoring 20 points or more in 26 games this season. The senior guard put up a career-high 38 points as the Cougars defeated Pacific on the road in February.
Rydalch took first place in WCC all-time scoring for both men and women and leaves BYU as the second all-time leading scorer with with 2,535 career points.
Rydalch was the only player under Coach Judkins to go to the WCC finals and NCAA tournament four times.
Double-double defender Kalani Purcell
New Zealand native and JC transfer Kalani Purcell was named WCC Newcomer of the Year as she led the conference in rebounds (12.3) and assists (5.4). Purcell also recorded 18 double-doubles on the season.
Purcell grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds during BYU’s win over Pepperdine in January and tied a career-high 19 points as the Cougars fell to Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
WCC Coach of the Year Jeff Judkins
Head Coach Jeff Judkins led his team to a No. 22 rank in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll after the Cougars won the regular season conference. In his 15th season as head coach, the Cougars went undefeated at home first time since 1979-1980. This was the seventh-straight season that BYU won 20 or more games under Judkins.
BYU’s 87-67 victory over Santa Clara on March 7 was the fifth time the Cougars’ scored over 80 points this season. The Cougars scored an average 69.7 points a game and held their opponents to 61.6 points a game.
BYU had at least three players put up double-digit figures in 17 games. Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher was the team’s second-highest scorer behind Rydalch with 12.7 points per game and the team’s best free-throw percentage (.794).