SAN DIEGO — The BYU women's basketball team downed one of the last undefeated teams in the league, defeating San Diego 62-53 Saturday on the Toreros' home court.
"I think San Diego is playing very well right now," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "It wasn't our prettiest game but I think our size and our players being a little bit stronger really did it for us tonight. I think we're not used to so many teams having fours who are quick and can drive it. And we just have to do a better job when we have leads on the road to milk it a little bit. But for some reason this team does a really good job at adjusting at halftime, so that helped us."
True freshman Lexi Eaton tied her career high of 16 points, shooting 60 percent from the field, and contributed two blocks. Dani Peterson scored in double figures with 10 on 71.4 percent shooting and had seven rebounds. Kim Parker also had 10 points.
Kristen Riley picked up 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Haley Steed led the Cougars (16-3, 5-1) with five assists and had six rebounds. They had nine points apiece.
BYU shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Toreros (12-4, 3-1) to 30.2 percent from the field.
MONTANA 77, WEBER STATE 70: At Missoula, Mont., led by 19 points from junior guard Megan Patterson, who splashed in five 3-pointers and hit 7-of-11 shots from the field, the Wildcats hung tough on the road. Junior forward Amanda Hughes had a career-high 17 rebounds and 13 points, while junior forward Shawnte Taylor added 13 points and senior center Mikell Woodfield added 10, including a perfect 8-of-8 at the free-throw line.
UTAH STATE 79, LOUISIANA TECH 62: At Ruston, La., Utah State head women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley captured her 100th career win as an Aggie with a dominating road victory.
Utah State (11-5, 2-0) was led by junior guard Devyn Christensen's season-high 20 points, scoring 17 in the first half alone. Senior forward Ashlee Brown added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Aggies, tying her season high with four assists. Senior guard Brooke Jackson also scored 17 points with 12 coming in the second half.
WESTERN ILLINOIS 82, SUU 70: At Macomb, Ill., freshman guard Hailey Mandelko notched her fourth 20-point game this season and Carli Moreland turned in her fifth double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, helping SUU (4-13, 0-6) come within as little as three points late in the game, but a 17-8 run to close the game, combined with four Leathernecks in double figures, would help Western Illinois (6-10, 0-6) squash the rally.
WESTMINSTER 84, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 52: At Salt Lake City, Jenteal Jackson had a great all-around performance for the Griffins (11-6, 4-0), finishing with a game-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three 3-pointers. Jackson also grabbed six rebounds to go with a season-high seven assists and four steals.
USU EASTERN 58, SLCC 44: At Taylorsville, the Bruins (10-7, 1-3) shot just 26 percent from the floor and fell for only the second time at home in two years. The loss drops the Bruins record to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in SWAC action. Three Bruins finished in double digits as Sophia Hepworth had 13, followed by Fawn Brady's 11 and Marissa Robbins' 10. Eastern Utah scored 17 points off SLCC turnovers.