With four Cougars scoring in double digits, BYU women’s basketball recorded its 11th conference win beating San Diego, 65-47, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday night. The win puts BYU in second place in the West Coast Conference standings.
"I thought we started out well tonight," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We moved the ball really well. Everyone was passing and cutting and we took advantage of some open shots. We've tried to focus on starting off well on the road and we did that tonight. I thought we played well defensively in our zone. We had active hands and active pressure and we thought zone was the best way for us to get the win tonight."
Cassie Broadhead led the way for BYU with a team-high 14 points. Kalani Purcell added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win, while Makenzi Pulsipher and Kristine Nielson scored 10 points apiece.
BYU (17-9, 11-4 West Coast Conference) shot 48.0 percent from the field as a team to San Diego’s (11-14, 5-10 WCC) 32.1.
The Cougars began the first quarter on a 7-0 run, going 3-of-3 from the field to start the game. San Diego then went on an 8-1 run to tie the game at 8-all, before Broadhead silenced the crowd with a deep 3-pointer.
With 4:27 to go, Purcell sank a pair of free throws to extend the Cougar lead back to seven, 15-8. Pulsipher then put BYU on top, 21-10, with 25 seconds to go in the quarter. Broadhead hit a step-back three at the buzzer to give the Cougars the 14-point, 24-10 lead going into the second quarter.
Nielson opened the second 10 minutes of action with yet another Cougar trey. BYU tallied five threes through the first 11 minutes of play. Amanda Wayment then scored a quick four points, forcing a USD timeout with 6:49 to on the clock.
Brenna Chase came off the bench and converted another BYU 3-point field goal to give the Cougars the 34-17 advantage. The Cougars then went on an 8-0 run before San Diego stopped the run with a layup.
BYU took the 19-point, 44-25 lead into halftime. The Cougars hit eight first half 3-pointers and shot 15-of-30 from the field as a team.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half before the Cougars extended their lead to 24, 54-30. Both BYU and USD then went on a scoring drought through the middle of the third. After a San Diego jumper, BYU took a 58-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
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BYU opened the fourth on a 4-0 run fueled by mid-range jumpers from Purcell and Pulsipher. The Cougars and Toreros cooled down in the fourth period, scoring seven and nine points, respectively.
The Cougars travel to Moraga, California, on Saturday to take on Saint Mary’s. The teams will tip off at 2 p.m. MST. The game can be streamed live on TheW.tv, and it will also be broadcast on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to media outlets and live stats can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.