Lexi Eaton led BYU women's basketball to a 73-52 win against BYU-Hawaii on Thursday at the Cannon Event Center.
"We did a good job defensively today because they threw a lot of different stuff at us," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Makenzi (Morrison) once again played well and got some big shots for us. It was good to see Alohi (Robins-Hardy) get some good minutes in the game today."
Eaton led the Cougars with 17 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Morgan Bailey led the team in rebounds with nine while contributing 13 points. Kylie Maeda had a team-high five assists, while Makenzi Morrison added double-digit points with 10.
BYU (3-2) overpowered the Seasiders, collecting 43 boards to BYU-Hawaii's (2-2) 28. The Cougars also led in points in the paint, 28-10, and bench points, 29-9.
Bailey and Morrison each made their first two buckets of the game en route to their team jumping out to a 12-2 lead over the Seasiders. Eaton continued to extend BYU's lead to 14 at 21-7 after nailing a 3-pointer with 12:59 left to go in the first half.
BYU-Hawaii kept the score manageable, however, getting consecutive buckets to bring it within 11 at 24-13. The Cougars countered, scoring the next six points to go back up, 30-13, with 7:39 remaining before the break.
Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo from the Seasiders hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc that were quickly countered by an Eaton trey to keep BYU up, 41-20, with five minutes on the clock. The two sides traded points from there to end the half with the Cougars ahead by 20 at 45-25.
BYU scored the first five points of the second half, but BYU-Hawaii remained undeterred, hitting a jump shot with 15:12 left in the game to bring it to 53-31. The Cougars ensued with a 7-2 run, capped off by an Ashley Garfield free throw, to extend their lead to 27 at 60-33.
A pair of Kristine Fuller free throws ended a three minute scoring drought from both sides as the points brought BYU's advantage back up to 27 at 62-35 with just less than seven minutes remaining in the game. The teams exchanged baskets from there with the Cougars eventually coming out with a 73-52 victory.
The Cougars stay on the islands for one final game in the Tom Weston Invitational, facing No. 19 Oregon State on Saturday at 1 p.m. HST. Links to live stats 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.