BYU basketball: Beeston’s career night fuels win at LMU

By Royce Hinton

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22 2014 5:56 p.m. MST

Kim Beeston led BYU women’s basketball to a 91-67 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday on the road.

“Tonight, Kim was feeling it,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “It was probably the best all-around game of her career. The last few weeks everyone has been really consistent offensively and defensively. We can use this win to continue to build on that heading into next week.”

Beeston had a career-high 27 points, including hitting a career-high nine 3-pointers and a team-high nine assists. Jennifer Hamson had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, while Stephanie Rovetti came off the bench to tie her career-high 12 points.

BYU (23-5, 13-4) had 38 points in the paint compared to just 12 for Loyola Marymount (8-19, 5-11). The Cougars outshot the Lions, 45 percent to 32 percent from the floor.

Kylie Maeda scored the first bucket of the game with a put-back from an offensive board.

Beeston put the Cougars up by five at 12-7 with her second 3-pointer of the game. That was followed with two additional back-to-back 3-pointers and a Morgan Bailey layup that gave BYU a 22-12 advantage.

The Lions followed that 8-0 Cougar run with seven-consecutive points of their own to cut BYU’s lead to just three with 9:35 left in the first half. Beeston’s fifth-straight 3-pointer capped off another 8-0 run for the Cougars to go up 30-19 at the under eight timeout.

Beeston then hit a career-high seventh 3-pointer to give BYU a 24 point advantage with 2:09 left before the break.

The Cougars entered the locker room at halftime with a 56-29 lead, matching their largest advantage of the half.

Both sides traded points early to start the second half. After a quick 7-0 run for the Lions, Judkins called his first timeout after the break. Nine more points for Loyola Marymount cut BYU’s lead to 14 at 62-48 with 14:40 left to play.

Beeston hit her ninth 3-pointer with 4:49 left to play to tie All-American Erin Thorn as the only other player in BYU women's history to hit nine shots from beyond the arc in a single game.

Hamson contributed eight of the Cougars’ next 10 points before heading to the following media timeout. With 6:29 left to play in the game, she collected her 19th board, a new career high.

BYU ended the game outscoring the Lions, 14-7, to give the Cougars a 91-67 road victory.

The Cougars return home next Saturday for the final regular season game against San Diego. The game will begin at 1 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on BYUtv. Next Saturday’s game is also senior night. Links to live stats and the video feed can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.

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

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