Asked BYU's radio host Ty Brandenburg to tell me the latest on the Cougars and he was succinct. "We're hot," he said.
No doubt. BYU, playing in its first season in the West Coast Conference, is on a seven-game win streak led by freshman G Lexi Eaton. The 6-footer leads three players averaging in double figures, averaging 10.6 points. C Kristen Riley adds 10.6 with 6.9 rebounds.
But you can't overlook Seattle University. True, the Cougars are the biggest program the Redhawks have faced this season since probably a 72-53 loss to Washington in November. But SU hardly whimpers in the light. The Redhawks (12-8) have won six of their past eight games, including a 86-58 decision against UC Irvine on the road Sunday.
Both teams can shoot and defend. But Seattle U. needs to watch its ball handling against BYU's bigger lineup. The Cougars average 10.2 steals and 6.0 blocks a game.
BYU's presence in the WCC has brought some national recognition. It joins No. 22 Gonzaga in the Associated Press ...