The BYU women’s basketball team held on to win against Saint Mary’s, 74-73, to stay undefeated in the West Coast Conference on Saturday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion.

“We had a great defensive effort at the end of the game,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “This team doesn’t give up, and that’s really good to see. It’s hard to win here, so this is really a big win for us. Paisley was unstoppable tonight, and I thought Jasmine had a really good game for us defensively.”

The Cougars, who are on an eight-game winning streak and 6-0 in conference play, escaped with another win after a late surge from the Gaels brought the game within one point with only 22 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

After BYU took a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Saint Mary’s kept the game alive going on an 8-0 run to cut BYU’s led to 74-71 with just less than two minutes to go. The Gaels took possession with 58 seconds left in the game, but a block from Shalae Salmon and a shot clock violation gave the Cougars the ball. However, BYU turned the ball over, and Saint Mary’s netted a jumper bring the lead margin to one point, 74-73.

With the Gaels taking possession after a timeout, BYU chose to drain the clock to 14 seconds by fouling before Paisley Johnson stole the ball forcing Saint Mary’s to call another timeout. BYU in-bounded the ball, but a foul was called on Sara Hamson giving possession back to the Gaels with 0.03 seconds left on the clock. Saint Mary’s Carly Turner put up a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the win, but the ball missed the net and the Cougars took the win 74-73.

Johnson led all scorers with a career-high of 25 points going 9-for-13 on field goals. It was her second-straight 20-plus game after scoring 24 on Thursday night against Pacific and her fourth of the 2018 season. Shaylee Gonzales also netted 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. It was also her second-straight game with 20-plus points.

The Cougars went 11-for-22 from behind the arc to pace the offense.

Both teams capitalized on their shots in the first quarter of the game. The Gaels put up the first points, but BYU answered back. The two teams traded baskets before Saint Mary’s pulled ahead, scoring three treys to make the score 17-14. A 3-pointer from Brenna Chase gave the Cougars its first lead of the game, followed by a jumper from Gonzales making the score 20-17. The Gaels closed out the first quarter netting a 3-pointer to tie the game at 20-all.

BYU took the lead to open the second quarter as Salmon posted a layup. Saint Mary’s quickly answered back, sinking a 3-pointer and a layup taking the lead again with the score at 25-23. But back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnson and one from Chase put BYU ahead with the score at 31-25. The Gaels cut the lead margin going …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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BYU basketball: BYU women hold on to stay undefeated in WCC after close game with Saint Mary’s

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