DENVER (Ticker) -- Not long after a loss here, Brigham Young
is back at Pepsi Arena.The seventh-seeded Cougars make their first NCAA Tournament
appearance in three years when they take on No. 10 Iowa in the
first round of the San Antonio Region on Saturday.The regular-season champion in the Mountain West Conference, BYU
(25-5) lost here to Utah, 80-64, in the finals of the league
tournament last Saturday.Dani Kubik led the Cougars with 12 points and nine rebounds, but
her teammates combined to shoot just 19-of-53 (35.8 percent)
from the floor in the club's second lopsided loss in a week.If BYU can move past the recent struggles, it can gain its first
Tournament victory since a run to the regional semifinals in
2002.Led by Crystal Smith, who averages 17.2 points and 3.4 assists,
the Hawkeyes (17-11) are in the Tournament after a year hiatus.
They have not advanced since 2002.The winner will meet either second-seeded Oklahoma or No. 15
Pepperdine in Monday's second round.