Rebounding Cougars: After her battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, junior Alexis E. Kaufusi (’12) returned to play for BYU in the home opener against then–no. 8 Duke. BYU lost the game by only six points but outrebounded Duke 41–36, with guard Haley Hall Steed (BS ’11) accounting for 15 rebounds alone.
All-American Performance: Finishing 14th in the women’s 6k at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Morgan D. Haws (’12) earned All-America honors. The BYU women’s team placed 28th overall. Athlete and Coach of the Year: Miles B. Batty (’12) and Edward D. Eyestone (BS ’85) were named Mountain Region Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Official High Five: Quarterback Riley K. Nelson (’13) made ESPN’s SportsCenter replay reels after high-fiving a referee following a successful two-point conversion in the October 2011 game against TCU. “He had his hands up in the air,” says Nelson, “and my natural reaction was to slap it. I was a little embarrassed; he was so tall I had to jump up. I was just happy that he got the call right.”
WCC Honors: Junior Lindsi L. Lisonbee (’13) was named to the All–West Coast Conference first team. Big Saver: Goalkeeper McKinzie M. Olson (’12) became BYU’s all-time career saves leader with 280 goals stopped.
Sweet 16: Georgy Batrakov (’12) made it to the final 16 at the All-American Championships—the first Cougar to do so since 2002.
All-Conference: Jennifer D. Hamson (’14) and Christie Carpenter (’11) made the WCC all-conference team. Hamson led the conference with 3.94 kills per set.