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Local/Utah sports briefs: BYU soccer advances in NCAA Tournament

By Staff | Nov 19, 2023

BYU soccer into NCAA quarterfinals

PROVO — No. 1 seed BYU women’s soccer scored three unanswered goals to defeat No. 5 Michigan State 3-1 on Saturday night, sending BYU to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons.

Brecken Mozingo scored two goals and assisted the third to send BYU (19-2-3) to an Elite Eight matchup with No. 3 North Carolina (13-1-8); the Tarheels defeated Texas Tech 1-0 on Sunday.

“The girls have fought and have earned the right to play at home in the Elite Eight game, which not many people can say,” BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said in a release from the school. “We’re really excited and really looking forward to our next match.”

That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, and will stream on ESPN+.

MSU’s Gabby Mueller scored first Saturday to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 in the 52nd minute. MSU fouled Mozingo in the box three minutes later and she put in her penalty kick to equalize.

Mozingo scored again in the 60th minute, then assisted Ellie Walbruch for an 80th minute goal.

Brett Hein, Standard-Examiner

WSU volleyball 4th entering Big Sky tourney

Playing for at least a share of second place, Weber State volleyball opened its match Saturday at Northern Colorado by taking the first set, then lost the next three on the way to a defeat in the regular-season finale.

WSU is 18-9 overall and went 11-5 in the Big Sky, good for fourth place.

Dani Richins totaled 13 kills, Baylee Bodily 11 and Ashley Gneiting 10 for Weber State.

Makenzie Harris racked up 22 kills for Northern Colorado, who took the win 16-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-19.

As the No. 4 seed, Weber State opens the Big Sky tournament against No. 5 Portland State (16-11, 9-7) at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The two only met once this season, a WSU sweep victory on Oct. 14.

Northern Colorado hosts the conference tournament by virtue of winning the regular-season title in 2022. Below is the schedule, with all games streaming on ESPN+.


10 a.m. — No. 4 Weber State vs. No. 5 Portland State

1 p.m. — No. 1 Sacramento State vs. No. 8 Idaho State

4 p.m. — No. 3 Montana State vs. No. 6 Montana

7 p.m. — No. 2 Northern Colorado vs. No. 7 Eastern Washington


4 p.m. — WSU/PSU vs. Sac State/ISU

7 p.m. — UM/MSU vs. NoCo/EWU


7 p.m. — Championship match

Brett Hein, Standard-Examiner

Weber women rally but fall at Utah State

Weber State women’s basketball rallied from 18 points down in the second quarter to tie the game midway through the third but couldn’t get over the hump, ultimately trailing from start to finish in a 72-62 loss Friday night at Utah State.

Junior guard Kendra Parra led Weber State (0-4) with 22 points. After WSU got down 31-13, Parra erupted for 12 second-quarter points to start the climb back. Parra bookended a 9-2 run with a 3-pointer to start and a layup to finish, tying the game 48-48 with 4:45 left in the quarter.

Kaiija Lesane knocked down a 3 to start the fourth quarter but Weber State wouldn’t hit a field goal the rest of the game, finishing 0 of its last 12.

Cheyenne Stubbs led Utah State (2-2) with 18 points. The Aggies finished 25 of 43 (58%) from the field.

The Wildcats next play two games in a tournament hosted by the University of San Diego. WSU plays host San Diego on Nov. 24 and either UNLV or UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 25.

Brett Hein, Standard-Examiner

Boise State blows out USU football

LOGAN (AP) — George Holani ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns as Boise State cruised to a 45-10 victory over Utah State on Saturday night.

Holani broke loose on a career-long 75-yard touchdown run and added a 26-yarder, each in the second quarter, as the Broncos built a 31-10 halftime lead. Holani carried 10 times and had 158 yards rushing in the half.

Taylen Green threw two touchdown passes for Boise State (6-5, 5-2 Mountain West Conference). Ashton Jeanty and Jambres Dubar combined for 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Broncos.

Cooper Legas completed 8 of 12 passes and threw a touchdown pass for Utah State (5-6, 3-4). Davon Booth ran 12 times for 125 yards.

Osobor leads USU over Marshall 83-60

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Great Osobor scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to power Utah State men’s basketball to an 83-60 victory over Marshall at the Cayman Islands Classic on Sunday night.

Ian Martinez scored 15 points and added six rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (3-1). Darius Brown II shot 3 for 8 (1 for 4 from 3-point range) and 4 of 4 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points.

BYU beats up Morgan State 93-50

PROVO (AP) — Jaxson Robinson scored 19 points and Fousseyni Traore added 17 on 8-of-11 shooting and BYU men’s basketball beat Morgan State 93-50 on Saturday night.

Noah Waterman finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for BYU (4-0). Richie Saunders had 12 points, four assists and three steals.

Robinson made a jumper and then threw down a dunk 26 seconds later to cap a 13-2 run that gave the Cougars a 14-point lead midway through the first half.

Traore scored the first nine points in an 11-0 run to open the second half and BYU scored 20 consecutive points — as the Bears went scoreless for 7-plus minutes — to take a 75-36 lead when Dallin Hall hit a 3-pointer with 8:58 left.

Utah men fall to St. John’s 91-82

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Daniss Jenkins had 19 points, Jordan Dingle scored 18 and St. John’s cruised to a 91-82 victory over Utah in the consolation final of the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.

Jordan Dingle hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 in the first half as St. John’s (3-2) took a 52-43 advantage into halftime.

Jenkins handed out eight assists for the Red Storm. Dingle hit four 3-pointers and added five assists. Soriano totaled 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Branden Carlson finished with 22 points and eight rebounds to pace the Utes (3-2). Cole Bajema had 14 points and Gabe Madsen scored 11. Rollie Worster totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

The last time the two teams played, Utah beat St. John’s 72-68 in the first round of the 1977 NCAA Tournament.

Big Sky gets 4 teams in FCS Playoffs

Four teams will represent the Big Sky Conference, with three seeded teams, as the FCS Playoffs bracket was revealed Sunday morning.

Montana, Idaho and Montana State all claimed one of the top eight seeds and their associated first-round byes, while Sacramento State was also chosen. Undefeated South Dakota State is the No. 1 overall seed.

FIRST-ROUND (NOV. 25): Gardner-Webb at Mercer, Duquesne at Youngstown State, NC Central at Richmond, Nicholls at Southern Illinois, Sacramento State at North Dakota, Drake at North Dakota State, Chattanooga at Austin Peay, Lafayette at Delaware

SECOND ROUND (DEC. 2): GW/Mercer at No. 1 South Dakota State, Laf/Del at No. 2 Montana, Sac/UND at No. 3 South Dakota, Nicholls/SIU at No. 4 Idaho, NCC/Richmond at No. 5 Albany, Drake/NDSU at No. 6 Montana State, Chatt/AP at No. 7 Furman, Duquesne/Youngstown at No. 8 Villanova

Brett Hein, Standard-Examiner


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