Cougar Corner: Finishing up Fall Sports

Cougar Corner: Finishing up Fall Sports

by Mike Miller

With finals approaching and the fall sports concluding, BYU sports is slowing down a bit. While there are still some things to talk about, unfortunately for Cougar fans most of it is not good news.

Men’s Basketball

This week’s performances were a mixed bag. The Cougars had an impressive in-state win over Utah State on Wednesday, handing the Aggies an 82-71 defeat. The ROC made its presence felt in this game with USU shooting 45 percent on free throws. In the second half while shooting into the ROC, they started 0-6 from the line before finishing 2-8.

On Saturday, the Cougars were unable to replicate their previous performance, losing 83-71 to Creighton in the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota. The 12-point loss made the game look closer than it actually was.

Next Up: On Saturday, BYU faces another in-state foe, this time traveling to Ogden to play Weber State. The game tips at 6:00 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on KJZZ and ESPN+.

Women’s Basketball

The Cougars were handed their first loss of the season, falling 99-91 in overtime at Oklahoma. A school-record performance from Tegan Graham was the highlight of the night for BYU. She scored 30 points, with all of her points coming on 10 three-pointers, a school record for most threes in a game.

Next Up: The Cougars will look to get back on track and continue the school’s impressive year against the PAC-12 when Washington State visits on Saturday. The game is at 12:00 p.m. MST and will be on BYUtv.

Football

Athletic director Tom Holmoe secured BYU’s long-term head coach when he extended Kalani Sitake’s contract through 2027. Amidst reports of an interview with Oregon and interest from other top positions, Cougar Nation is surely relieved Sitake chose to stay home as BYU prepares for the move to the BIG 12.

Next Up: The 2021 BYU football season concludes on Saturday with the Independence Bowl against Alabama Birmingham. The game begins at 1:30 p.m. MST on ABC.

Women’s Volleyball

BYU traveled east to the Pittsburgh regional, where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Purdue in the Sweet 16. A five-set thriller that was winnable for the Cougars makes the loss all the more painful. In the winner-take-all fifth set, BYU held a 14-11 lead, needing just one more point to advance to the Elite Eight. Unfortunately, they squandered their lead, ultimately losing the set 16-18. Despite the loss, BYU still has much to be proud of this year, along with several building blocks for next year.

Featured image courtesy Matt Gade, Deseret News

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