LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Hamson will enter the NCAA regional semifinals, otherwise known as the Sweet 16, as the 10th-leading scorer in BYU history.
Hamson moved past Kari Gallup after scoring 15 points Monday night, and now has 1,428 in her career. The 6-foot-7 senior decided to concentrate on basketball this season after splitting her first three between basketball and volleyball.
"When I made the decision, I was a little nervous about it," she said. "I wasn't sure how big of a difference it would make. But it's made a big difference with my timing. The chemistry with the girls is better. I'm more in shape; I'm staying in big games longer."
Hamson will play her final collegiate volleyball season in the fall.
CLUTCH PERFORMANCE BY HARRY: Junior guard Xojian Harry played a big role my making three of four shots from 3-point range in the second half.Harry converted her first with 8:03 to play and extended the Cougars' lead to 61-56. One second later, BYU coach Jeff Judkins called a timeout.
"I told them, 'We waited so long for this,'" Judkins said. "'Let's give it our best shot. Let's take it. Don't give it to them. This is the time for us to step it up.'"
After Nebraska drew within 61-57, Henry led an 8-0 surge with a pair of 3-point baskets, as BYU built a 69-57 lead with 6:21 remaining.
"She loves these big moments," Judkins said. "In her freshman year, we played Duke at home. They were ranked second in the nation. She comes in and hits three (three-pointers). That's the kind of kid she is. She's a money player."
BABY HOOK: Morgan Bailey displayed her favorite shot, the short-range hook, while matching her career high with 18 points.
"That's what I love to do, the baby hook," Bailey said. "That's my money move."
A reporter then asked whether her shot selection reflected her relationship to former Jazz standout Thurl Bailey, Morgan's uncle.
"Probably," the BYU forward said. "There's a little more Bailey in me."
BACK IN THE SWEET 16: BYU's entry into this year's Sweet 16 serves as a bookend to Judkins' coaching career in Provo. Judkins guided the Cougars to the regional semifinals in his first season as their coach, 2001-02.
"It was pretty easy and I really took it for granted," Judkins said. "It took me 12 years to get back so I'm not going to take this for granted, at all."
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