PROVO — In the BYU women's basketball team's biggest win of the season so far, the Cougars topped Western New Mexico 72-31 Saturday at the Marriott Center.
"This was a good game for the players who usually don't get a lot of playing time," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I'm glad our walk-ons got some playing time. They work hard every day and deserved it. Our bench really gave us a good lift."
Morgan Bailey led the Cougars (9-4) in scoring for the first time this season with 15 points, helped out by Kim Parker Beeston's 14 and Jennifer Hamson's 13. Bailey shot 70 percent from the field.
Hamson led on the boards with nine and Haley Steed had nine assists and two steals.
"Kim played a really good game," Judkins said. "She started off really strong. Kylie and Morgan also had a good game. And you can't stop Jennifer, so what else is there to say?"
BYU shot 47.5 percent from the field and held Western New Mexico to 23.4 percent.
Beeston started the game off with back-to-back treys, part of a 16-0 run that also included a third 3-pointer by Beeston. Western New Mexico (1-10) didn't put points on the board until Jelesia Gray made a free throw with 13:18 left in the half.
Kylie Brown's 3-pointer, the second of her career, put BYU ahead 24-1. The Mustangs didn't make a basket until there was 9:33 left in the half, when Morgan Wholtman drained a 3-pointer.
UTAH STATE 79, UTSA 66 (OT): At Logan, behind 24 points from junior guard Jennifer Schlott, the Aggies cruised to an overtime win against UTSA in their Western Athletic Conference home-opener.
Utah State set a school record, shooting 96 percent from the free-throw line, making 24-of-25. The previous record was 95.6 percent against Colorado in 1980.
USU has now won two straight games for the first time this season, improving to 4-8 overall and 1-0 in WAC action. UTSA falls to 6-6 overall and 0-1 in its first-ever WAC game.
Utah State had two players reach the 20-point plateau, with senior guard Devyn Christensen adding 20 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu contributed 10 rebounds and eight points. Senior guard Jenna Johnson had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
SOUTHERN UTAH 66, UTAH VALLEY 49: At Cedar City, the Thunderbirds knocked off the visiting Wolverines. The victory marked the T-Birds seventh-straight over the Wolverines and ran their current winning streak to five games, as they wrapped up nonconference play with an overall record of 7-4. UVU drops to 4-11 after falling against SUU for the second time this season. UVU's Sammie Jensen had a game-high 14 points to go along with 14 rebounds to record her 10th double-double of the season.
WESTMINSTER 62, WESTMONT 29: At Santa Barbara, Calif., the fifth-ranked Griffins put on a defensive show in a win over No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) in the final game of the GSAC Challenge.
Westminster (12-2) held the host Westmont (8-3) to just 20.9 percent shooting and only nine baskets in the game. They matched a school record for fewest points allowed, 29, and set the record for fewest points allowed in a half by limiting the Warriors to just eight in the first half. The Griffins also forced 17 turnovers in the game and scored 23 points from them.
MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 38, SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 36: At Mesa, Ariz., the No. 20-ranked Bruins (9-5, 0-1 SWAC) lost their final game in the Bill Culver Classic. SLCC held a one-point lead with less than 20 seconds left in the contest, but the Thunderbirds made a 3-point basket with seven seconds on the clock to take the lead. The Bruins had two looks at a game-tying shot in the waning moments but could not convert to send the game into overtime.
SLCC shot 28 percent from the field in the losing effort.
Freshman guard Summer Yack led the Bruins with nine points in the losing effort.