Despite a career night from Morgan Bailey, BYU women's basketball fell, 71-61, to No. 19 Oregon State to conclude the Tom Weston Invitational.
"I thought we had some moments when we played really well," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Morgan had a great game for us today. We just need to get more production from other players. We did a good job defensively. They are a very good team. We need to make better choices and decisions when the game is on the line. "
Morgan contributed a career-high 26 points in addition to leading the team in rebounds with nine. Kylie Maeda and Lexi Eaton added a team-high four assists apiece, while Eaton also collected double-digit points, adding 19. Makenzi Morrison contributed 10 points to round out the top three scorers.
BYU (3-3) scored just 20 points in the paint, compared to Oregon State's (5-0) 32. The Beavers additionally had 12 second-chance points to the Cougars' four.
Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin the game, but a Bailey jump shot gave the Cougars a 6-4 advantage with just less than 17 minutes left to play in the half. Bailey and the Beavers' Sydney Wiese followed by trading 3-pointers to tie the game back up at nine apiece.
A Morrison trey capped off a 7-0 BYU run to extend the Cougars' lead to as many points at 16-9 with 11:41 left in the first 20 minutes of action. The Beavers countered with an 8-2 rally of their own, however, to bring them within a point at 18-17. BYU answered that rally, adding another 7-0 run - helped by four points from Bailey - to stay ahead 25-17 with less than eight minutes to play before halftime.
A pair of Oregon State free throws tied the game back up at 27-all, which was followed by four addtional points to end a 14-2 run and put the Beavers back up, 31-27. Oregon State went into the locker room at the break up by five, 34-29.
Eaton hit a 3-pointer to start the Cougar offense in the second half, with her team trailing 38-31. Bailey scored BYU's next seven points, including another bucket from beyond the arc, to bring her team back within five at 43-38 with 16 minutes left to play.
The Beavers slowly started to build a lead, going up by 11 after a layup from Oregon State's Samantha Siegner with 13:18 remaining. The two teams traded points from there, including a fast-break layup from Morrison that brought the Cougars back within seven at 58-51 with eight minutes to play in the game. The Beavers then scored the next nine points of the game to get their largest lead to that point at 16, 67-51.
Oregon State retained at least a 10-point lead for the rest of the game, eventually winning 71-61.
The Cougars return to Provo next Thursday to face off against UNLV at the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio. LInks to live stats and a 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.