Four players scored in double figures as BYU women's basketball dominated Colorado Mesa, 86-68, on Thursday night.
Senior Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led the team with 16 points and a game-high six assists while shooting 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
“Colorado Mesa is a well-coached team and they run their plays well,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “You saw tonight that we can score. We have some great shooters and Shalae (Salmon) is a great post player that gives us that inside presence. We have perimeter players that can shoot it, so I was happy about a lot of things.”
BYU had three other starters in double figures, including a strong paint performance from Salmon, who blocked three shots, grabbed 11 boards and scored 10 points to notch a double-double. Sophomore Brenna Chase went 4-of-6 from behind the arc, adding 12 points and five assists. Malia Nawahine was also hot from three, shooting 50 percent to finish with 11 points.
The game started with a quick layup from CMU’s Ma’ata Epenisa to score the first points of the game. BYU’s Nawahine answered right back with a quick three to put the Cougars ahead 3-2, a lead they maintained the rest of the game. Both teams traded baskets through the first few minutes until Chase got into a groove behind the arc. Her hot hand started with a three at 7:27 to put BYU up 8-4. Chase drilled two-consecutive threes with about four minutes left in the period to help the Cougars take a commanding 17-6 lead on a 12-0 run. The Mavericks tried to narrow the gap, ending the first period down 26-14.
Sophomore Liz Eaton came off the bench to start the second quarter, scoring the first two baskets and giving BYU a 30-16 advantage. CMU clawed its way back, cutting the lead to 11, 42-31, with a minute left in the half. Nawahine then hit a big three to swing momentum back the Cougars' way to end the half, 47-33.
In the third period, BYU's strong defense allowed CMU to only score three points through the first eight minutes. With 3:00 on the clock, the Cougars had their largest lead of the night, up 25 points, 62-37. The Mavericks' Erin Reichle drilled a few threes to spark her team at the end of the period, narrowing the gap by 16, 65-49.
Two minutes into the fourth quarter, CMU trailed by only 15 points, 67-52, but a big three from Devashrayee helped BYU maintain control of the game. With six minutes left, she stole the ball and took it coast to coast for an and-one lay-in, putting the Cougars up 73-55. BYU continued its dominance for the remainder of the game.
The Cougars open the season hosting Southern Utah on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Marriott Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MST.