Makenzi Morrison scored 15 first-half points en route to a career high as BYU beat UNLV, 76-61, on Thursday in the Smith Fieldhouse.
"I thought we played a really nice game tonight," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Our starters came out and gave us a great lift to start the game. We weren't very good for the first five minutes, but we made some adjustments and did a really good job defensively."
Morrison, who finished with a career-high 17 points, wasn't the only Cougar who had a career night. Ashley Garfield recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Morgan Bailey recorded her 10th double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Kylie Maeda tallied a career-high eight assists, and Lexi Eaton led BYU scorers with 19 points.
BYU (4-3) has now won three of its last four and improved to 16-2 at home against former Mountain West Conference foe UNLV (3-4).
After a four-point deficit through five minutes, BYU scored eight straight to take an 18-14 lead. Garfield scored on two field goals during the run and assisted on another.
BYU extended its lead to nine points with six minutes left in the half, as Morrison scored on consecutive possessions to give her team a 30-21 lead. Minutes later, Morrison completed a three-point play to give the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the game at 35-23.
After hitting two free throws, Maeda rebounded a Rebel shot with less than a minute left and threw a pass over the top of the UNLV defense to a streaking Morrison, who finished with a layup to give BYU its 39-25 halftime lead.
Garfield dominated the boards in the first half, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The senior finished the half with eight points and nine rebounds. Morrison led all scorers with 15 first-half points.
The Cougars opened up the second half with a 10-0 run behind six points from Eaton. During the run, Eaton eclipsed 10 points for the fourth game in a row.
Later, an 8-0 run gave the Cougars a 62-33 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second half. Again, Eaton accounted for six points during the run.
In the remaining time, Judkins took advantage of his team's big lead, clearing the Cougar bench. Fourteen players appeared in the game as BYU coasted to a 76-61 win.
BYU next takes on Colorado State at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday at noon MST.