Women's basketball roundup: Y. handles 'Cuse; WSU escapes

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Published: Saturday, Dec. 3 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

LAIE, Hawaii — Behind 22 points from Kim Parker, BYU had no problem taking care of its final game in the Hukilau Invitational with an 83-59 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

"We played really well today and I'm very proud of our team, especially how we played against two very tough teams in Arizona and Syracuse," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "Today we played hard, executed our game plan and I thought that Kim Parker had a great week."

To go along with her 22 points, Parker grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists. Senior forward Dani Peterson also played a significant role in the winning effort, recording her first ever double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lexi Eaton and Haley Steed also scored in double digits, each tallying 10. Steed dished out a team and game-high eight assists.

The Cougars (7-2) controlled every aspect of the first 20 minutes of action, going up 11-4 off 3-pointers from Parker, Eaton and Steed. They would extend their lead by 15, 21-6 with 13:19 left and never looked back. At the break BYU was up by 20, 45-25.

In the opening minutes of the second half, back-to-back treys from Steed and Parker gave the Cougars a 24-point advantage, 51-27.

With just over 10 minutes left in the game, Stephanie Vermunt put up a three-pointer giving the Cougars a 35-point cushion, 71-36. Freshman Ashley Garfield was fouled on the ensuing play as she was attempting a three-point bucket. She made all three for a 74-40 lead.

The Orange (6-2) would go on a 14-6 run in the closing minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late for Syracuse.

The Cougars finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 42 percent 11-26, from behind the arc. The team outscored the Syracuse bench 21 to 13.

BYU brings its six-game win streak home to battle two in-state rivals this coming week. Southern Utah comes to the Marriott Center Thursday at 7 p.m. The Cougars then host Utah on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Both games will air on BYUtv.

WEBER STATE 69, SAN JOSE STATE 67: At Ogden, senior center Mikell Woodfield scored a put-back basket with 2.3 seconds remaining and then stole the inbounds pass, lifting the Wildcats to a dramatic victory. Weber State trailed by 18 in the first half, but rallied in the second half behind junior guard Megan Patterson, who drained 15 second half points and finished the night with a season-high 20. Sophomore guard Jordan Pfau finished the night with a career-high 15 points, while junior forward Amanda Hughes knocked down 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Junior guard Kia Rhodes also had a strong second half, finishing the night with a Weber State career-high six assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

"We gave more heart in the second half, that was the biggest difference,"? Rhodes said. "It was really important for us to come out hard to start the second half. They were putting some pressure on us in the first half, but it wasn't really that tight. We just needed to show some more poise.

"We found our spark today. I definitely think this is something we can build off of."

Trailing by 14 points, 53-39, with 13:17 to play, Weber State ripped off an 18-2 surge to take its first second-half lead this season. The surge was fueled by three 3-pointers from Patterson, who led the Big Sky Conference in 3-pointers a season ago.

"I told the girls at halftime that we just needed to lay it on the line out there and the score would take care of itself,"? said Weber State coach Bethann Ord, who picked up her first career win with the Wildcats. "We did that. We just kind of chipped away at it and got the lead."

Weber State (1-7) kept its foot on the gas, pushing the lead out to six on a pair of Patterson free throws with 7:14 remaining, but San Jose State didn't go down quietly as it rallied to tie the game at 67-67 with 69 seconds to play.

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