Four Cougars in double figures seals win over Syracuse

By Norma Collett

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Dec. 3 2011 11:20 p.m. MST

Laie, Hawaii – With 22 points from Kim Parker, the BYU women’s basketball team 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 of three-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 more than 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 attempted 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 from behind the arc. The team outscored the Syracuse bench 21 to 13.

BYU women’s basketball brings its six-game win streak home to battle two instate rivals this coming week. Southern Utah comes to the Marriott Center Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The Cougars then host Utah on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Both games will air live worldwide on BYUtv.

Norma Collett is the athletic communications director for the BYU women's basketball team. She can be reached at 801-422-4908 or at norma_collett@byu.edu

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