Malia Nawahine knocked down five 3-pointers as BYU women's basketball beat Utah Valley, 75-54, in the UCCU Crosstown Clash on Tuesday afternoon in the Marriott Center.
"I’m pretty proud of our team," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I thought we shot the ball very well today. I kind of thought we would because of the zone. This is probably the first time in a long, long time that I’ve got three really good perimeter shooters that are really confident and can shoot the three. We started off great in their two-three zone, but then we got trapped and couldn’t handle it very well. I thought we did a good job of adjusting at the half."
Nawahine wound up with 21 points for her best scoring total as a Cougar. Brenna Chase hit four threes and had 16 points. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 assists.
As a team, BYU (3-1) shot 59.2 percent from the field and held the Wolverines (0-4) to 28.1 percent.
BYU jumped out to a 14-5 lead thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Chase and a three from both Nawahine and Devashrayee. Nawahine knocked down another triple with four minutes left in the first quarter to put the Cougars up 21-8.
Utah Valley cut into its deficit with a couple of baskets, but BYU led 21-14 heading into the second quarter.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the second quarter, but the Cougars scored on consecutive possessions to lead 29-18 with 2:34 left in the half. Devashrayee made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to put BYU up 32-19 as the teams headed into the locker room.
At the half, Nawahine and Chase led the Cougars with eight points apiece.
Halfway through the third quarter, BYU extended its lead to 42-26 after a Nawahine 3-pointer and a layup from Amanda Wayment. Nawahine then hit threes on back-to-back possessions, and Devashrayee drained one less than a minute later to put the Cougars up 53-32 with less than two minutes left in the quarter. The horn sounded with a 55-39 BYU advantage.
A few minutes into the fourth quarter, the Wolverines cut their deficit to 13 points when Paisley Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Cougars up 62-46. Utah Valley shrunk the lead to 13 again when Chase came up with a steal and made a tough lay-in while being fouled. She hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 69-51 for BYU.
Johnson made a mid-range jumper to give the Cougars their first 20-point lead with less than two minutes to play.
BYU hosts Georgia on Saturday at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv, with a radio broadcast on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143).