Kylie Maeda’s career-high tying 17 points helped spark BYU women’s basketball past Pacific, 79-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.
“I thought in the first quarter we played great defense and capitalized on Pacific's mistakes,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Overall though, I'm proud of our team. I challenged them at halftime and told them that they had worked too hard to let the game slip, so they'd better bust it. I thought they came out in the second half with a lot of energy - doing what we needed to do offensively and defensively.”
Maeda finished the game with 17 points to go along with a team-high five assists. Lexi Eaton Rydalch added a game-high 26 points to give her 2,065 for her career, passing Erin Thorn for fourth-most all-time. Kalani Purcell contributed a game-high 15 rebounds and five assists while Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher added 14 points. Kristine Fuller Nielson rounded out the double-digit scoring effort for the Cougars with a career-high 11 points, getting nine of those in the fourth quarter.
Pacific (8-7, 1-3 WCC) took an early 5-4 lead before BYU (10-4, 2-1 West Coast Conference) scored the next 16 straight, capped off by a pair of Eaton Rydalch free throws, to go up 20-5.
The Cougars finished the first quarter on a 6-2 run to extend their advantage to 16 at 26-10. Maeda earned a new season high in points in the first 10 minutes of play with 12.
BYU led by as many as 21 early in the second quarter until the Tigers cut the lead back to 14, 33-19, on a layup.
A 3-pointer and back-to-back Desire Finnie steals and layups brought Pacific back within single digits at 42-36 to end the half.
The third quarter started with an offensive blitz of 3-pointers from both sides before the Cougars got back out to a 10-point lead at 54-44.
Eaton Rydalch passed Thorn’s career scoring record on a pair of shots from the charity stripe to extend BYU’s advantage to 12, 61-49, late in the third quarter.
The Tigers cooled off early in the fourth as the Cougars scored 13-consecutive points to take a 76-49 advantage.
Despite a late 13-3 rally from Pacific, BYU closed out the game with a 79-62 win.
The Cougars hit the road next to take on Santa Clara on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast live on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Links to live stats and the audio feed can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.
Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.