Behind Jennifer Hamson’s career-high 31 points, BYU women’s basketball cruised by Loyola Marymount, 90-72, for its first West Coast Conference victory Saturday.
With her eighth double-double of the season, Hamson led the Cougars with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Junior Ashley Garfield was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, scoring nine points and leading the team with 14 rebounds while seeing extended minutes in place of the injured Morgan Bailey.
Tying its season-high in points, BYU (11-1, 1-0) shot 58 percent from the field, tallied 20 assists and had four players score in double figures in the WCC opening win over LMU (3-9, 0-1).
The first half led off with BYU’s Eaton scoring the first five points of the game as BYU jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Hamson scored 20 of her points in the half on 8-of-12 shooting.
The largest lead of the half came with 2:18 left as the Cougars led the Lions by 16, 42-26. LMU then gained back some momentum as it cut the lead to 46-36 to end the half, due in part to BYU’s 12 first-half turnovers.
BYU regained some momentum in the second half, stretching the lead to 20 behind a 13-3 run powered by eight points from Eaton.
The Cougars kept the lead margin steady until about seven minutes left in the game when LMU sparked a 9-0 run to cut it to seven, 73-66.
On the next two possessions BYU pushed the lead back to double-digits when Xojian Harry scored a layup on an assist by Garfield, and Hamson converted a three-point play to tie her previous career high in points, helping the Cougars spark a 14-5 run to secure the victory.
BYU stays home Monday as it hosts Pepperdine at 5 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org