"I thought the effort in the first 10 minutes was one of the best defensive efforts we've had in a long, long time," head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I thought we were aggresvie and took them out of their stuff. They started going 1-on-1 and trying to beat us off the dribble. I thought Morgan (Bailey) played another good, solid game. Garfield, she's tough, she rebounds and came in today and gave us a spark. I think Xojian (Harry) had a very good game tonight."
Bailey and Garfield led all scorers with 14 points apiece and with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Xojian Harry contributed a career-high 11 points. Kim Parker Beeston and Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn also scored in double digits with 10 points each.
Denae Williams led the Dons with 12 points.
Haley Steed hit a shot from beyond the arc putting her team up 3-0 to start things off for the Cougars. Following several more failed drives to the basket, the Cougars scored on three consecutive possessions with two layups and a 3-pointer, extending their lead to 10-0. The Don’s first scored with 15:05 left on the clock due to a layup from Taj Winston. Seaborn answered right back hitting a three from the corner, and Garfield scored back-to-back buckets following back-to-back offensive rebounds putting the Cougars up 19-10.
Following three and a half minutes without any baskets from either team, San Francisco’s Taylor Porter hit one of two free throws. The next trip down the floor, Beeston fed Harry who knocked down her first shot of the night putting the Cougars up 21-11. Harry scored the next six points for the Cougars with a 3-pointer and a three-point play. The Cougars led 27-13 with five minutes left in the first half. With less than three minutes to go, the Cougars extended their led to 13 finding Kylie Maeda in the corner for another trey. With 12 seconds left on the clock, Steed found Seaborn on the baseline who hit one last shot for the Cougars before going into the half.
The Cougars led 34-22 at the half. Harry led the Cougars with eight points.
To begin the second half, both teams struggled on the offensive end until Bailey knocked down two free throws. Bailey scored again on an assist from Steed putting the Cougars up 38-23. The next trip down the floor, Steed found Keilani Unga for her first basket of the night. In the next three minutes, BYU went on a 12-2 run with 3-pointers from Harry and Beeston, and jumpers from Bailey and Steed. The Cougars led 50-25 with 14:50 left on the clock. The Dons broke the run following another layup from Winston. Following the layup Beeston answered back with a layup and a three putting the Cougars up by 23.
With 10 minutes left in the game, the Cougars extended their lead to 26 with a three from Garfield. Trying to get some momentum, the Dons had several attempts from three without any conversions. During an out-of-bounds play with six minutes left, Maeda found Seaborn who knocked down a baseline jumper. Seaborn scored again from beyond the arc with four minutes left extending the Cougars' lead to 30, their largest lead of the game.
The Cougars hit the road for their first away game in league play against San Diego Thursday at 7 p.m.
Steven Tew is an SID at BYU Athletic Communications. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org,