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.
With five seconds left, Rhodes drove to the basket, but missed and Woodfield snagged the rebound and softly tipped it home for the winning basket.
The Spartans hit 11-of-12 at the free throw line and held a commanding 29-14 advantage on the boards in the first half en route to building up an 18-point advantage. San Jose State led 41-25 at halftime.
After getting badly outrebounding in the first half, WSU outrebounded SJSU 26-17 in the second half, including 13 offensive rebounds.
"One of our keys before the game was to win the battle on the boards,"? Ord said. "We did that during the second half and that was very important."
Weber State will return to action on Thursday when it travels to face in-state rival Utah Valley at the UCCU Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
ORAL ROBERTS 109, SUU 59: At Tulsa, Okla., the Golden Eagles turned in their best offensive performance of the season, shooting over 50 percent from the field and made 10 three-pointers to pull away from visiting SUU.
The Thunderbirds (2-5, 0-1) opened the game looking to work the ball inside and were able to find Carli Moreland down low for the team's first seven points of the game. The sophomore forward scored on a jumper and made three trips to the free throw line where she went 5-for-6 to help Southern Utah to a 7-6 advantage early on. Following a three-pointer by DJ Norman and a jumper by Angel Dorn, the teams found themselves tied at 12 just over six minutes into the ball game.
Oral Roberts (6-2, 1-0) would then score 15 unanswered over the next four minutes to build a 27-12 advantage. Jaci Bigham helped spark the Golden Eagles' run with two threes during the stretch, while teammate Georgia Jones also sank a jumper from the outside. The T-Birds quickly battled back to narrow the deficit to 29-17, but the Eagles would answer with an 8-0 run to stretch their advantage to 20. The two sides then traded baskets over the final five minutes of the period until entering the locker room with the score at 48-29 in favor of ORU.
Freshman point guard Hailey Mandelko would find some offensive rhythm in the second half, scoring eight points, including hitting two shots from beyond the arc, to help the Thunderbird offense shoot 43.5 percent from the floor in the period. Oral Roberts continued to shoot the ball well throughout the game however and ultimately pulled away.
Two-time All-Summit League Player of the Year Kevi Luper led all scorers with 31 to help her team to its highest offensive output of the season. ORU would also get 13 from Bigham while Jordan Pyle and Amber Carver each finished with 10.
The Thunderbirds were led by Moreland who set a new career mark with eight free throws on her way to 14 total points. The sophomore forward also recorded her third double-double of the season as she pulled down 10 rebounds. Mandelko finished with 13 in the game, nine of which came on threes, while Torey Hill came off the bench for a career-high eight points on 4-for-6 shooting.
Southern Utah will return to Utah next week for two in-state matchups on the road. The T-Birds will visit BYU on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. prior to a rematch with Utah Valley on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
UTAH VALLEY 78, TULSA 62: At Orem, Sammie Jensen scored 22 points and Jenna Johnson added 13 points in a balanced effort by the Wolverines in which they forced 19 turnovers and limited just one Golden Hurricane to double-digit scoring.
"I really feel like it was a good, complete game for us," said UVU head coach Cathy Nixon. "We had a really balanced attack, inside and outside, and we took good care of the basketball."
UVU (3-3) handled the frenetic pace established by Tulsa (2-4) at the beginning of the game, forcing six turnovers in the first ten minutes while steadily building a 16-7 lead midway through the first half.
Tulsa gradually pulled themselves to within four, at 18-14, with 7:26 remaining in the half, but Jensen would score nine points in the final seven minutes of the opening period to propel the Wolverines to a big halftime lead. When Kaycee Mansfield's follow off a Johnson miss dropped in at the buzzer, UVU headed to the locker room ahead 39-23.
Behind the inspired play of Taleya Mayberry, who scored a game-high 23 points, Tulsa seemed primed for a comeback effort out of halftime, using a 7-3 run to cut the deficit to 42-30 at the 17:16 mark. But back-to-back three point plays from Erika Newbold and Jensen pushed the lead back to 16 at 48-32, and the Wolverines would never look back, growing the lead to as many as 22 in the second half.
Jensen's 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting led UVU offensively, while Alle Finch dropped in a solid 10 off the bench to go along with Johnson's 13. Mansfield grabbed a game-high nine boards while scoring eight points, and Abbie Beutler distributed six of the Wolverines' 20 assists for the game.
UVU returns to the court on Thursday when it hosts Weber State in the UCCU Center at 7 p.m. The Wolverines will then look to avenge a road loss earlier in the season to Southern Utah when the Thunderbirds visit Orem the following Saturday at 3 p.m.
NO. 9 WESTMINSTER 75, SIMPSON 43: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins put together a strong night offensively, scoring the first 16 points of the game and never letting the lead get below 13 the remainder of the night. Westminster (5-5) shot 45 percent from the field and went 9-of-20 from beyond the arc. They made six threes in the first half en route to a 36-18 halftime advantage.
Westminster turned to the inside game after intermission, shooting 50 percent in the half and scoring 18 of their 30 points in the paint in the final 20 minutes.
"I thought we played well tonight,"? head coach Shelley Jarrard said after the win. "We shared the ball and were patient. This is a win we should have playing at home."
Three Griffins scored in double figures with Nicole Yazzie leading the way with 21 points. Yazzie was 4-for-7 from the field with three treys while also making all 10 of her free throws. The junior guard also contributed four assists and two steals in her 29 minutes.
"Yazzie is comfortable at home and she likes to play in transition," Jarrard said of the Griffins guard. "She really settled in and also got to the line."
Dana Bates had another solid outing posting her first double-double of the year. She finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds while also adding three steals and two assists. Shelby Ellsworth had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jenteal Jackson had seven points and five assists.
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Westminster was also solid on the defensive end. They held Simpson (4-9) to 29.1 percent shooting and forced them into 15 turnovers. The Griffins scored 14 points from those turnovers and had seven points on the fast break. They finished the night with 11 steals and matched a season-high 21 assists on 27 made field goals.
"I thought our defense was really good,"? Jarrard said. "It gave us something to focus on after halftime."
Charissa Murakami led SU with 17 points off the bench. She made three from beyond the arc and sparked a 27-17 bench-point advantage for the Red Hawks.
Westminster will now take a week off before traveling to Cedar City for a game against Southern Utah on Dec. 17.