PROVO — The BYU women picked up their first postseason victory since 2005 with a 62-58 WNIT win over the Pepperdine Waves, earning a trip into the second round of the tournament.
"It's a great win. I thought we played pretty well in spurts. I was happy that within the last four minutes we held them to two points," said BYU coach Jeff Judkins, who is now preparing to take his team to Arizona State in the second round of the WNIT.
The game will be played on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and will give the Cougars a chance to give themselves a winning record all-time in the postseason tournament.
After the win against Pepperdine, the Cougars find themselves at 4-4 all time in the WNIT, and they are now 21-9 this season, the best they've had since the 2006-2007 season when the team went 23-10.
"Pepperdine is a good team. You'll notice in the second half we didn't press because it wasn't doing what we wanted it to," said Judkins, who noted how happy he was with his team down the stretch when it made the clutch plays it needed to in grabbing the victory.
Pepperdine actually held a 56-55 lead with less than five minutes to go before Mindy Bonham launched a trey that gave the Cougars a 58-56 lead from which they never looked back.
"We didn't fast break all the time, but we executed well down the stretch. We had each others' backs, especially down the stretch," said BYU guard Jazmine Foreman.
The Waves began fouling intentionally with 25 seconds remaining and a two-point deficit. But BYU gave nothing away at the free-throw line as Coriann Wood and Haley Hall each hit two freebies to secure the victory.
The Cougars outrebounded Pepperdine 45-31, and dished out 20 assists to the Waves' 11 in the win. But they also turned the ball over 20 times to Pepperdine's nine and only grabbed four steals to the Waves' 11.
"I don't like the 20 turnovers, but I do like the 20 assists, and even though we outrebounded them, I felt like they killed us on the glass tonight," said Judkins.
The Cougars, once again, were extremely balanced in their offense as Bonham led the way with 13 points.
"We moved the ball really well straight off. We played and executed well in the beginning. It's so much fun to come out against teams we don't know very well," said Bonham.
Hall came out with 11 points; Kristen Riley finished with nine, including a pair of treys, which is a career-high. Alexis Kaufusi and Wood each finished with eight points.
Foreman finished with a team-high six assists in addition to her six points on a pair of treys.
Now, the Cougars will turn around and prepare for their game next week against a team they know very little about.
"That's a benefit for us, too, because they don't know us either. We're so balanced that anybody could go off on any given night. So that makes it more difficult for teams that don't know us," said Foreman.