The BYU Women’s Basketball team, a.k.a. The Jimmerettes, made history tonight in Los Angeles. The Lady Cougars defeated 4-seed Nebraska 80-76, and became only the third 12-seed in the history of the Women’s NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16.
Good for the Lady Cougs. This is the first time since 2002 that BYU is advancing to the second week of the big dance. When the Cougars made their run in 2002, they were led by future WNBA star, Erin Thorn. But the Cougars eventually fell to women’s basketball powerhouse Tennessee. Next week will likely be a similar plot. The Lady Cougs will probably be facing the undefeated UConn Huskies. Not an easy task at all. Geno Auriema and the UConn women’s basketball program have been nearly unstoppable for the past 20 years.
BYU actually hosted Auriema’s Huskies back in 2008. It didn’t end well. BYU lost by 49 points in front of the Marriott Center crowd. But that BYU team didn’t have Jennifer Hamson and Morgan Bailey in the front court. Bailey and Hamson dominated the Huskers tonight, and killed any runs the Huskers made to cut the deficit. BYU dominated this game from start to finish.
It’s really impressive to see what Jeff Judkins has done with BYU Women’s Hoops. When he took over in 2001, women’s hoops at BYU hadn’t done anything on the national scene since Tina Gunn was rocking opponents.
Many thought Judkins would be making a quick pit-stop in Provo before he ultimately landed a head coaching gig in the men’s game. Coaching in his 13th season as the main man of BYU women’s hoops, Juddy has built a solid program that is always competing in post-season basketball. This is the sixth NCAA Tournament appearance under his watch, and the third time BYU has advanced.
Congrats again to the Lady Cougs, and congrats to this awesome BYU fan for leading the Jimmerettes to Sweet 16 glory!
— CougarCenter Podcast (@Cougar_Center) March 25, 2014