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BYU Roundup: Gustin chosen for 2024 Women’s College All-Star Game

By BYU sports information - | Mar 29, 2024

Harold Mitchell, Special to the Herald

BYU senior Lauren Gustin fights for position during the Big 12 game against Cincinnati at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2023.

CLEVELAND – Lauren Gustin has accepted an invitation to participate in the nationally televised 2024 Women’s College All-Star Game. Gustin will join 19 other seniors who will suit up for their respective programs one last time at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State on April 6 with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The Women’s College All-Star Game will provide 20 of the country’s brightest stars one final opportunity to represent their programs and be recognized against the backdrop of the sport’s championship weekend. Intersport, an award-winning Chicago-based agency that first launched a national women’s college basketball all-star event alongside the WBCA 25 years ago, will host the event.

Gustin led the nation with 30 double-doubles in 33 games (2nd – 26), total rebounding with 504 rebounds (2nd – 410), rebounding average with 15.3 boards per game (2nd – 13.2), defensive rebounds per game with 10.1 (2nd – 9.4) and is second in offensive rebounds per game at 5.1, trailing only LSU’s Angel Reese (5.5).

The senior is a two-time AP Honorable Mention All-American and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team this season, her fourth All-Conference First Team honor in four seasons, since transferring to BYU from Salt Lake Community College in 2019.

With her 504 rebounds this year, Gustin became the fourth-ranked rebounder in the history of NCAA women’s basketball and shattered the BYU all-time rebounding record with 1,694 career rebounds and counting. She is now a two-time All-American, a four-time all-conference first-team honoree and the 2023 WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

Gustin will suit up for a team coached by Nancy Lieberman or Cheryl Miller, who are both Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers. The complete rosters for Team Lieberman and Team Miller will be announced the week of the game, while individual player commitments will be announced on a rolling basis in the coming days.

Kansas completes three-game sweep of BYU baseball

Kansas defeated BYU, 4-3 and 8-5, in a doubleheader at Miller Park on Friday. The Jayhawks improved to 15-10 (7-5 Big 12) on the year while the Cougars dropped to 11-14 (4-8).

Game 1

After three scoreless innings to begin game one, Kansas scored first on a two-out solo home run to right field by catcher Jake English for a 1-0 lead.

BYU tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Designated hitter Kuhio Aloy led off the inning with a double off the top of the left field wall and scored in a single to centerfield by Bryker Hurdsman.

The Jayhawks retook the lead in the top of the sixth on a walk and three hits for a 4-1 lead.

The Cougars picked up a run in the seventh to cut the KU lead to 4-2. Hurdsman led off the inning with a single to right, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Crew Robinson then scored Hurdsman on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Down two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Hurdsman led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a fielding error. Keoni Painter then scored Hurdsman on a sacrifice fly, but that would be the end of the scoring as BYU fell to KU, 4-3.

Kansas scored four runs on eight hits, with one error and four left on base, while BYU scored three runs on seven hits, with two errors and seven stranded runners.

Game 2

Game two also opened with three scoreless innings before Kansas scored two runs off two hits and an infield error that costs the Cougars two unearned runs and gave KU a 2-0 lead.

The Jayhawks tacked on another run in the top of the fifth on a walk, single, wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to push its advantage to 3-0. The Cougars threatened with two runners in scoring position and one out in the bottom half of the inning, but KU retired the next two batters to end the threat.

Kansas increased its lead to 7-0 with four runs in the sixth inning on a walk and four hits.

BYU responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Jayhawk lead to 7-4. Back-to-back singles by Robinson and Easton Jones, combined with three walks by Collin Reuter, Cooper Vest, Hurdsman and a sacrifice-fly RBI by Kuhio Aloy scored one run. Chipper Beck singled with two outs to score Reuter then Goff followed with another single to bring home Hurdsman and Vest.

After a three-up, three-down top of the seventh by BYU lefty reliever Cutter Clawson, Jones hit a towering solo home run to left field in the bottom of the frame to cut the Jayhawk advantage to 7-5.

KU scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, then held BYU scoreless in the bottom half of the inning for an 8-5 win.

The Jayhawks scored eight runs on 12 hits in game two, with no errors and seven stranded on base, while BYU scored five runs on eight hits, with an error and eight left on base.

Up next, BYU continues Big 12 play with a three-game series at Texas, April 4-6. The series will be played at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas with all the three games broadcast on the Longhorn Network. The games will also air live on the BYU Radio App with the Thursday-Friday games simulcast on 107.9 FM in Utah County.

BYU softball battles with Houston in Big 12 contest

PROVO, Utah — BYU softball suffered a 9-6 loss to Houston in the opener of a doubleheader at Gail Miller Field on Friday afternoon.

The Cougars (19-13, 3-8 Big 12) tallied six runs on eight hits in the loss. Visiting Houston (21-13, 3-8 Big 12) matched the hit total, but outscored BYU to secure the win.

Houston jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning, scoring one run on one hit. BYU responded in the bottom of the first, evening the score with a leadoff single from Ailana Agbayani and an RBI single by Huntyr Ava.

In the top of the third, highlighted by an RBI double off the top of the wall, Houston scored four runs on three hits to take a 5-1 lead. Houston continued to add to its lead, scoring four runs on two hits in the top of the fourth inning and go in front 9-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

A leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth from Macy Simmons and a following single from Hailey Morrow put runners on first and third for BYU with no outs. Agbayani followed with a sacrifice fly, before a later two-out single to right field from Violet Zavodnik once again put runners on first and third before an infield hit from Ava trimmed BYU’s deficit to 9-3. A three-run home run to left field from Lily Owens ensued to bring BYU within three, 9-6.

BYU held Houston to a one-two-three inning in the top of the seventh before a leadoff walk from Agbayani opened the bottom half of the inning for BYU. Agbayani moved into scoring position with two outs after tagging up following Zavodnik’s flyout to right field before a game-ending pop out to second from Ava gave Houston the 9-6 victory.

In the nightcap, The Cougars rallied from an eight-run deficit to take the lead, then went to extra innings tied at 13-all and ended after the Daily Herald’s press deadline.



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