2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Nebraska vs BYU

David McGee

No. 4 Seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (#13/#12) (26-6, 12-4 Big Ten) vs. No. 12 BYU Cougars (27-6, 14-4 West Coast Conference)

Monday, March 24, 8:10 p.m. (Central)
Pauley Pavilion - Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)

Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network (PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)

107.3 FM KBBK-Lincoln; 93.3 FM KFFF-Omaha; 880 AM KRVN, Lexington

Free Live Audio: Huskers.com

National Television: ESPN2 (PBP-Dave Pasch, Analyst-Doris Burke)

Tonight the Husker women's basketball team takes on BYU to earn a trip to the Sweet 16.

From the Athletic Department:

Nebraska Cornhuskers (26-6, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 6.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 12.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - So. - G - 14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 2.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (241-141); 24th Season Overall (436-281)

BYU Cougars (27-6, 14-4 West Coast)
41 - Morgan Bailey - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
5 - Jennifer Hamson - 6-7 - Sr. - C - 18.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg
4 - Kim Beeston - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
15 - Kylie Maeda - 5-5 - So. - G - 4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg
21 - Lexi Eaton - 5-10 - So. - G/F - 17.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Ashley Garfield - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
11 - Xojian Harry - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
23 - Makenzi Morrison - 5-8 - RFr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 0.6 rpg
10 - Stephanie Rovetti - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg
22 - Kristine Fuller - 5-11 - RFr. - G/F - 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
34 - Micaelee Orton - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 0.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
Head Coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, 1978)
13th Season at BYU (280-132); 13th Season Overall (280-132)

Scouting the BYU Cougars
BYU will play the Huskers with its first NCAA Sweet 16 berth on the line since 2002. Coach Jeff Judkins has led the Cougars to a school-record 27 wins after a 72-57 opening-round victory over No. 5 seed NC State on Saturday. BYU went 14-4 in the West Coast Conference, handing No. 6 NCAA Tournament seed Gonzaga its only loss in the last 21 games.

The Cougars feature one of the most productive posts in the nation in senior Jennifer Hamson. The 6-7 center is averaging 18.1 points and 11.4 boards per game, while leading the nation with 137 blocks on the season. Hamson nearly notched a triple-double with 12 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocked shots in BYU's first-round NCAA Tournament win over NC State.

Also a standout volleyball player for the Cougars, Hamson has focused solely on basketball this season, easily producing a career year. Last year, she averaged 11.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Hamson owns 1,413 points, 938 rebounds and 330 career blocks.

With Hamson at the center of attention, BYU's supporting cast has thrived. Sophomore Lexi Eaton has added 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, including a game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Hamson and Eaton have combined for 429 free throw attempts and 332 points at the line, while BYU has made 571-of-783 free throws on the year. Eaton also has knocked down 49 threes on the year (.374) as BYU's No. 2 long-range threat.

Kim Beeston, a 5-11 senior guard, has been BYU's top bomber from outside, draining 93-of-231 threes (.403). Beeston, who has made just 29 two-point shots, leads BYU with 134 assists and carries nearly a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Beeston struggled with her shooting touch in the NCAA first round, hitting just 1-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-6 from long range. However, over the five previous games, Beeston had hit 20-of-35 threes (.571).

Morgan Bailey gives BYU four starters averaging in double figures with 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The 6-2 junior forward has started 26 consecutive games and has proven herself as a force inside for the Cougars. She owns five double-doubles on the year, including 13 points and 12 rebounds in BYU's first-round win over NC State.

Kylie Maeda owns BYU's best assist-to-turnover ratio (104-to-49) and has shown the ability to hit the three, connecting on 25-of-67 shots (.373) from beyond the arc. Maeda hit 2-of-3 threes and 5-of-6 shots overall from the floor on her way to 14 points in the Cougars' first-round win over the Wolfpack. Maeda is averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Junior Ashley Garfield started the first seven games for BYU this season, and has assumed the role as the top Cougar off the bench. The 5-11 guard is averaging 4.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the season. A workhorse on the boards, Garfield owns six double-figure rebounding games this season, including a pair of 15-board efforts. She matched her career high with eight offensive rebounds against Pacific.

Xojian Harry has pitched in 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. The 5-11 junior guard is one of five Cougars to play in all 33 games this season. Redshirt freshman Makenzi Morrison (2.7 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and 5-6 junior Stephanie Rovetti (2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) also have provided regular contributions.

As a team, BYU is averaging 72.4 points per game, while surrendering 63.7 points per contest. The Cougars are hitting 43.6 percent of their shots from the floor, including 35.0 percent of their three-pointers. BYU has also hit 72.9 percent of its free throws. Opponents are hitting just 35.0 percent of their field goals, but have knocked down 34.2 percent of their threes while connecting on 73.8 percent of their free throws. BYU owns a plus-6.4 rebound margin but a minus-3.3 team turnover margin.

BYU entered the tournament as the No. 38 RPI team in the country, but went just 2-2 against the NCAA Tournament field during the regular season, with a win over Cal State Northridge, a win over Gonzaga and two losses to the Bulldogs.

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