BYU women's basketball: Cougars respect UConn, but excited for chance to play No. 1 team in country

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  • timmysfan CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
    March 27, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    I don't think I've ever had chills when reading a comment, and definitely not about women's basketball...but WOW, loved the quote! Go cougars!!

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    March 27, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    In anticipation of the matchup with UConn, I reflect on Herb Brooks pre-game speech to the 1980 Winter Olympics USA Hockey Team as they were to face the USSR, with adjustments to fit the circumstances. "Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we shoot with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest women's basketball team in the country. You were born to be basketball players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great basketball team UConn has. This is your time. Now go out there and take it." When BYU wins, this will go down as one of the greatest moments in BYU Sports. Go get'em Cougars!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 27, 2014 6:34 p.m.

    Perhaps once every twenty games, BYU could beat UConn.

    This can be the one.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 27, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    It's a long shot that BYU have a sliver of a chance against the Huskies but can you imagine if somehow they can pull an upset? Boy, wouldn't that be something? I kept saying that the only sure antidote to the haters venom is to win against top competition! We have a great opportunity now. I hope UConn comes into the game very overconfident and BYU plays their best!

    Go Cougars!

  • fan in orem Orem, UT
    March 27, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Now we know how that other school feels, they know they will get crushed, but it's okay.

  • Proud Ute ,
    March 27, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Good luck ladies!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 27, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    I read and quickly said, "what?" - "A byu player said after the last game "we can beat any team in the nation"

    I like to see it happen this Saturday. You can do it Lady Cougars.

    Go Cougars!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 27, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    BYU's women have had an amazing, historic season so far.

    Ironically, christy mounting an all-out blitz to discredit the Lady Cougars is simply further proof of just how good their season has been.

    Good luck to the BYU women versus UConn!

    Go Cougars!

  • labman Pocatello, ID
    March 27, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    I don't care about the odds. I really enjoy watching this team play. If they had Steed from last year still playing, I would say they could do it! either way, congrats to the lady Cougs! Play free and give it your best shot. with the 3 pt shot, everyone has a chance in college ball.

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, CA
    March 27, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    I appreciate CB's prediction that UCONN will roll BYU. Since 98% of CB's predictions are wrong I like BYU's chances now.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Chris B,
    Give us your analysis of the U's performance in the NIT. After all, they were matched with lowly St. Mary's from a weak WCC. Then share your wisdom on the U's women's BB NCAA tournament performance.

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Win or lose, the statement that BYU believes they can beat anyone in the nation--when they are playing their best game--is exactly the reason they are in the sweet16; they have already won games naysayers didn't predict they would win. You won't play like a champion until you think like a champion. And even when you think like a champion, you might still lose, but you're not a loser until you think like a loser. Practice to win! Interview to win! Play to win! And then you will know you put it all out there. Or you can sit around typing, debating who has a chance against the UCONN's of the world, while you yourself have done nothing to speak for to even be able to say you are playing in the game.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    March 27, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    As spectators, we can all see that the odds are not good at all for BYU. We, however, are not the ones who will go out on the court. I'm glad these young ladies believe they stand a chance. No matter who you are and who you're playing, there's no reason to suit up if you don't feel you can compete and yes, even win. It's not arrogant or delusional. It's called being a competitor and it's the right attitude. Go Cougars!!

  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    March 27, 2014 9:29 a.m.


    I perused the list of NCAA tournament participants and for some reason I couldn't find either the Utah men or women to see how they're doing. Perhaps you could give us an update, since both teams seem to be AWOL from the Big Dance.

  • Alex T Murray, UT
    March 27, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    A lot of talk from Chris B. Fact of the matter is. BYU is in the sweet 16. U aren't. Get over it.

    99.9% chance we won't make it to the elite 8...but hey. heck of a season. No denying that.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    March 27, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    UCONN will most likely roll. That still doesn't change the FACT that BYU women's team--a team important enough that BYU's strongest supporter (Chris B.) has repeatedly posted about them--made it to the sweet 16. Congrats lady Cougs and good luck on Saturday.

    March 27, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    It's an ironic quirk of human nature that people tend to see in others their own faults, and sometimes make the mistake of pointing them out. I suppose the converse is that if one spent their time and energy looking for and commenting on the good in others, they might well find the good in themselves also.

    The BYU women have exceeded all expectations, and I wish them the best in their game with UConn. Win or lose this game, they are still all winners and I would like to thank them for being such great ambassadors for a great university.

    Go Cougars!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 26, 2014 11:16 p.m.

    Like football, and men's basketball, Utah's best team may not be enough.

    Not many have beaten UConn in the past decade anyway,--but will win against them in football.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 9:42 p.m.

    A byu player said after the last game "we can beat any team in the nation"

    Well, we will find out.

    One byu fan tried asking me "well what should she have said" as if someone asked her "can your team beat any team" to which she replied as she did.

    But that's not what happened. She provided that statement on her own. It's kind of like Bronco talking about national titles when the football team is miles away.

    Uconn will roll.