"I thought we played a great second half," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We were a lot more patient and ran the plays that we needed to. We have a long way to go, but we’ve made some improvements. I thought our bench really played well, especially in the first half. Liz, Maria and Paisley gave us a good lift."
The Cougars (2-1) logged the early 3-0 lead, as Malia Nawahine opened the game with a layup and Salmon went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. After an Eastern Washington (1-2) 3-point basket, Chase stole the ball in the Eagles backcourt and scored to keep BYU ahead, 5-3.
Eastern Washington then went on an 11-0 run to take the 14-5 lead with 3:14 left in the first quarter. The Eagles led the Cougars, 15-9, heading into the second quarter.
The Eagles began the second quarter strong, claiming a 23-11 lead at the 7:55 mark. With 6:31 left in the half, Devashrayee drained a 15-foot step-back jumper to bring BYU within 10, 23-13.
Devashrayee drained two free throws and Johnson made back-to-back layups to bring BYU within four, 31-27, as the teams headed into halftime.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Devashrayee and Chase brought BYU within three, 36-33, for the first time since the 4:27 mark of the first quarter. Chase then hit her second trey of the game to tie the game at 36-all.
A Nawahine 3-pointer gave the Cougars their first lead of the game since the 5:24 mark of the first quarter, 39-38. Eastern Washington then went on a 7-0 run to take a 45-39 lead into the media timeout.
With 2:13 left in the third, Chase knocked down her third 3-point field goal of the contest to put BYU within two, 48-46. A jumper by Delaney Hodgins gave Eastern Washington the 53-49 lead through three-quarters of play.
A layup by Chase tied the game again at 57-all. BYU retook the lead, 59-57, as Salmon scored in the paint with 5:20 left in the game. The Cougars then extended their lead to eight, 65-57, fueled by five-straight points from Devashrayee.
With 1:04 on the clock, Eastern Washington closed the gap to four, 66-62. Devashrayee then sank six free throws to seal the win.
BYU outscored Eastern Washington, 24-16, in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars return to the Marriott Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to take on UVU at 11 a.m., in the annual Kid's Game.