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BYU's Jeff Judkins wins 400th career women's basketball game

BYU's Jeff Judkins wins 400th career women's basketball game

(Scott G Winterton, KSL, File)



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PROVO — Monday was a special day for BYU’s Jeff Judkins.

The 19th-year women’s basketball coach reached a career milestone with Monday’s 65-47 win over Pepperdine: win No. 400.

Sara Hamson paced the Cougars (7-5) with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, and Paisley Johnson and Jasmine Moody each added 11 points in BYU’s victory. Brenna Drollinger supplied 9 points, seven assists and four rebounds, and Babulu Ugwu had 7 points and 11 rebounds.

"What this milestone means to me is that I've been lucky to have coached great players and I’ve also had a group of great coaches over the years," Judkins said. "I've also always had the support of my wonderful family. I’m blessed that I can say that I’m doing something that I love doing. Not everyone can say that about their careers."

With a 400-188 record, Judkins is the all-time winningest coach in BYU basketball history — men’s or women’s, the last of which he’s held since win No. 220 on Jan. 12, 2012. The Cougars, who were picked to finish second to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, opened WCC play at 2-0.

In two decades with BYU, Judkins has led the Cougars to 12 seasons of 20 or more wins, including a 28-win season in 2013-14, and last year’s NCAA Tournament team. His squads have made nine NCAA appearances, plus five more in the second-tier WNIT, while finishing with a losing record just once to go along with two Sweet 16 appearances.

He’s coached six All-Americans — Morgan Bailey, Lexi Eaton Rydalch, Jennifer Hamson, Kristen Riley, Ambrosia Anderson and Erin Thorn — and added seven more conference players of the year and four defensive players of the year.

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