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BYU basketball: Eaton leads Cougars past the Wolf Pack to remain undefeated

By Royce Hinton

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3 2013 11:15 a.m. MST

RENO, Nev. – Lexi Eaton led BYU women’s basketball to a 69-61 win on the road at Nevada on Tuesday evening to remain undefeated.

“This was a good win for us,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “I thought Lexi did a great job for us after being sick. She gave us a big lift. I thought our bench played really well tonight. Stephanie (Rovetti), Ashley (Garfield), Xojian (Harry) all played really well. We were able to get Jennifer back in the second half and she played really well. Defensively, we played one of our best games.”

Eaton led the team with 24 points to go along with three rebounds and a team-high four assists. Jennifer Hamson was the only other Cougar to score in double digits, putting up all 12 of her points in the second half. Morgan Bailey led the team in rebounds with 11. Kylie Maeda contributed a career-high eight points in the victory.

BYU (7-0) finished the game shooting just 35.7 percent from the floor compared to 37.7 percent for Nevada (4-4). While the Cougars dominated the rebound category in the first half, the Wolf Pack came out strong in the last 20 minutes and ended up leading in that category, 45-39. BYU turned the ball over 11 times compared to Nevada’s 24.

Kim Beeston (1), Maeda (2) and Eaton (1) gave BYU its first 12 points of the game from consecutive 3-pointers.

Hamson was forced to take a seat on the bench within the first six minutes of the game after collecting her second foul. The Wolf Pack was unable to take advantage of her absence, as their 6-foot-8 Mimi Mungedi scored just six points and grabbed only one board in the half.

The Cougars opened up their first double-digit lead at 24-14 after Ashley Garfield completed a three-point play at the charity stripe.

BYU started the first half shooting 6-for-9 from the 3-point line, with Eaton making half of those to tie a career high.

After BYU took a 12-point lead, Nevada came back with an 11-1 run to cut the Cougar lead to just two at 34-32 to close out the first half.

BYU began the second half on a 13-2 run, ending with a Hamson layup to give the Cougars another double-digit lead at 47-34.

The Cougars had their largest lead of the game at 53-38 after Stephanie Rovetti ran the court, faked a pass and laid the ball in the hoop for a layup.

From that point, BYU maintained around a 10-point lead as both teams traded buckets. The Wolf Pack couldn’t put together a long enough run in the end as the Cougars closed out the game, taking it 69-61.

BYU stays on the road as it heads to Nebraska to take on Creighton this Saturday at 2 p.m. CST. Links to live stats will be available on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.

Royce Hinton is the women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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