However, the Blue Demons came out with more energy in the second half and quickly scored 14 straight points as BYU failed on its first 10 possessions of the half.
Steed, who had missed her first five shots of the game, sank back-to-back 3-pointers to bring BYU within five at 45-40 with 8:21 left. The Cougars looked dead when they trailed 56-48 with two minutes left.
But two baskets by Hamson, the latter with a free throw, within a six-second span thanks to a BYU steal, cut the lead to three. After the two teams traded baskets, BYU had one final chance when Martin missed with 15 seconds left, but Steed's shot barely missed.
The Cougars headed back to Utah with a 26-7 record, their second best overall record ever with the 26 wins tying the most all-time.
Judkins says he's looking forward to next year already with four of the seven players who played Saturday back next year. Riley, Steed and Dani Peterson are the only seniors and Steed, who sat out two seasons with a knee injury, has the option to play another year as a medical redshirt. However she said Saturday that she hasn't decided yet what she'll do.
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