Big West

FOOTBALL: The conference formally accepted Arkansas State University as a football-playing member. The date the Indians debut in the Big West, however, is not firm. ASU and the other football members (Utah State, Boise State, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State and North Texas) are to begin immediately trying to accommodate their schedules for a proposed 1999 start.

The Indians were members of the old Big West football consortium of a few years ago. They are a Div. I independent in football and a member of the Sun Belt Conference in other sports.

Brigham Young

WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: A member of the 1997 National Team and two of the top Level 10 Junior Olympic gymnasts in the country will bolster BYU's team in the 1999 season. The three November signeees will join the Cougar squad in Fall 1998.

Kelly Parkinson of Houston is the international elite competitor, while Mindi Hilton of West Jordan and Jennifer Thomas of Gilbert, Ariz., join the Cougars from the top of the level 10 ranks.

Parkinson, the younger sister of BYU's freshman tennis sensation Holly Parkinson, is a 5-foot-1 all-arounder who was fourth at last year's Classic competition and earned a spot on the international team at the World Championship trials.

The 5-1 Hilton is the 1997 Regional Level 10 champion and was fourth nationally on bars.

Thomas finished second in the 1995 Level 10 Arizona championships and was first alternate to the 1996 and '97 Junior Olympic Na-tion-als.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BYU (4-4) hosts Idaho State (6-1) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Center. ISU's sole loss this season was by 17 points to Utah.


WOMEN'S TENNIS: Utah team members Anna Svedenhov and Megan Payne received national rankings in the latest ITA Rolex rankings. Svedenhov is ranked No. 33, after reaching the semifinals of the ITA Central Regional and carries a 9-1 record in singles. Payne is ranked No. 106 and carries a 6-3 record.


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Chelsey Wornell hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with three seconds left to cap a Southern Utah comeback that gave the Thunderbirds a 73-70 win over Weber State Thursday night in Cedar City.

Andie Willer hit a pair of treys as Weber State scored the game's first 10 points. Willer made another three as time expired in the half for a 34-32 Wildcat edge.

SUU came back to tie at 68 on a Jessica Littlefield jumper before the teams exchanged scores, setting up Wornell's game-winner.

Larsen led Southern Utah, which improved to 6-3, with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Willer led 0-9 Weber with 20.