MORAGA, Calif. — A rough New Year's Eve nailbiter ended in a 54-48 loss for the BYU women's basketball team, who were narrowly defeated by St. Mary's in the Cougars' West Coast Conference debut Saturday.
The loss was the Cougars' first in more than a month and ended a 10-game winning streak.
"I'm very disappointed," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "This was a game we should not have lost. We didn't play like I know we can. We didn't execute well and gave them too many second-chance opportunities."
Kristen Riley led the Cougars with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kim Parker had 10 points and four rebounds and Haley Steed led in assists with five and steals with three.
BYU (11-3, 0-1) shot 32.6 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers. The Gaels (11-4, 2-0) shot 29.4 percent from the field and also had 20 turnovers.
Riley led the Cougars with 12 points in the first half after seven free throw opportunities. She also had seven rebounds.
BYU forced 12 turnovers in the first half, scoring 11 points off those turnovers. The Cougars were plagued by fouls and turnovers in the first 20 minutes, with nine fouls and 11 turnovers.
Parker took to the court on fire, opening the second half with a 3-pointer. The Cougars held Saint Mary's to shooting 0-for-17 from the field in the first 13 minutes of the half, allowing Steed to tie the game at 31-31 on a jump shot.
SOUTH DAKOTA 81, SOUTHERN UTAH 69: At Vermilion, S.D., Southern Utah came out on the losing end of a highly contested matchup with the University of South Dakota on Saturday. The Coyotes held the lead throughout the game, but the Thunderbirds were right behind, matching them run-for-run throughout the majority of the contest.
Hailey Mandelko knocked down a pair of 3's for SUU in the game on her way to a team-high 13 points. Kimie Hawkins scored 12 points to go with her seven boards while Carli Moreland finished with 11 and nine rebounds. DJ Norman turned in a career-high 11 points and Andrea Jones and Brenna Gates both came off the bench for 10.
SACRAMENTO STATE 78,WEBER STATE 60: At Sacramento, Calif., senior center Mikell Woodfield had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the Weber State University women's basketball team, but the Wildcats came up short against Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon.
The game was Weber State's league opener, with the Wildcats falling to 0-1 in conference and 2-12 overall. Sacramento State improved to 2-0 in league play, 7-8 overall.
Sophomore guard Jordan Pfau added nine points and five rebounds for Weber State, while Kia Rhodes, Amanda Hughes and Justine Johnson each added eight points.
BOISE STATE 84, UVU 64: At Boise, the Broncos jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and made its first eight shots over Utah Valley Saturday afternoon at the Taco Bell Arena as the Broncos (8-6) held on to their early lead to pick up a win over the Wolverines (6-7).
UVU missed its first seven baskets and didn't get on the scoreboard until five minutes into the game when freshman Taylor Huber came off the bench and drilled a jump shot. Sophomore Kim Bell then hit a 3-pointer and junior Sammie Jensen scored a jumper of her own to put the Wolverines within striking distance down just 12, at 19-7 with 12:06 to go in the half. That was as close as UVU would get the rest of the way.