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BYU cakewalks over Westminster

BYU's Laura Stratton, left, and Tiff Dodge of Westminster eye the ball Tuesday in Provo.
BYU's Laura Stratton, left, and Tiff Dodge of Westminster eye the ball Tuesday in Provo.
Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News

PROVO — If Tuesday night's 85-42 season-opening exhibition rout of Westminster College is any indication, BYU women's basketball coach Jeff Judkins should have litte trouble juggling a lineup loaded with athletic diversity.

Need a sharpshooter? Well, Judkins has the likes of Mallary Gillespie and Nancy Seljaas, who combined to shoot 7-of-12, including 3-of-6 3pointers. Need a defensive specialist? Try Melinda Johnsen and Laura Stratton, who combined for nine steals. Need an inside presence? Consider Dani Kubik, Mary Martha Abell and Lauren Riley, who combined for 20 rebounds and led the Cougars' 42-14 advantage in scoring points in the paint.

Or, if you need a little bit of everything, there's senior forward Ambrosia Anderson. In a cameo-like 14 minutes, the smorgasbord player shot 6-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-2 behind the arc and added two pair of rebounds and assists for a team-high 14 points.

"She could have had 40 tonight," said Judkins, adding that the Cougars' depth "is the strength of this team . . . I've got a lot of combinations that can really help this team."

Of course, the team helped itself, shooting 44 percent from both the floor and behind the arc while holding the visiting Griffins to respective percentages of 24 and 16.

Joining Anderson in double figures were the starting backcourt of Gillespie and freshman Vanessa Hutson with 11 points each, while a pair of freshman reserves — Brittany Faddis and Cassie King contributed 10 apiece.

King — who Judkins will likely redshirt — scored hers in just nine minutes.

"I was talking to (director of basketball operations) Erin Thorn on the bench, and I said, 'Wow, offensively we don't have a problem — we can get anything we want,' " Anderson said. "We do have a lot of versatile players."

Westminster was lead by sophomore guard Amy Taggart, who shot 5-of-8 — including a pair of 3s — for a team-high 14 points.

The Griffins' Shalee Fackrell added a double-double with 12 points and as many rebounds — the senior center was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line but suffered through a 2-of-19 shooting night from the floor.

GAME NOTES: BYU led 43-16 at half, upping the advantage in the ragged second half. . . . Abell collapsed on the baseline late in the game with a knee injury; preliminary diagnosis suggested it wasn't serious ligament damage. . . . Next up for BYU: a Nov. 11 home exhibition against Mesa State.