FORT COLLINS, Colo. — BYU women’s basketball fell to Colorado State 56-54 Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
"Our second quarters hurt us in both games this week," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We fought back in the second half, but we also made mistakes. They did a good job of getting Cassie (Devashrayee) off balance on the last possession."
Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee scored a game-high 19 points in the loss, while Brenna Chase recorded 13 points. Maria Albiero also added nine points for the Cougars, and Shalae Salmon logged 13 rebounds.
After Colorado State (5-2) took an early 8-2 lead, Chase knocked down a deep 3-pointer to put BYU (3-4) within three, 8-5. Another Chase basket tied the game at 11-all with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
At the 1:35 mark, Paisley Johnson gave the Cougars their first lead of the game, 14-11, as the freshman converted a 3-point play in the paint. BYU took the 14-11 lead into the second quarter and held the Rams scoreless through the last five minutes of the first quarter.
Amanda Wayment extended the Cougars' lead to five, 18-13, as she finished on the right block. The Rams responded with a 9-1 run to retake the lead midway through the second quarter. CSU increased its lead to five, 24-19, on a layup by Annie Brady at the 2:06 mark.
The Rams took the 29-19 lead into halftime as BYU battled poor shooting through the second quarter. Chase and Devashrayee combined for 13 of the Cougars' 19 first-half points.
Colorado State continued its run in the third quarter. The Rams logged a 15-point lead, 37-22, at the 5:24 mark as Veronika Mirkovic hit an open three.
Albiero scored seven-straight BYU points to put the Cougars back within seven, 41-34, with 36 seconds left in the quarter. A Devashrayee layup with 16 seconds left sent BYU into the fourth quarter down five, 41-36.
With 6:55 to go in the game, Grace Colaivalu scored to increase the Rams’ lead to eight, 48-40. A Devashrayee layup followed by a Chase floater brought BYU within three, 48-45, as teams headed into the media timeout.
Colorado State pulled ahead by seven, 54-47, forcing a Cougar timeout with 2:33 on the clock. Devashrayee and Albiero responded with back-to-back baskets to cut into the Rams’ advantage and make it a one possession game, 54-51, with 2:19 left.
With 38 seconds left, Devashrayee drove into the paint and scored to put BYU within two, 56-54. BYU held the Rams on the next possession, getting the ball back with 7.6 seconds left on the clock. The Cougars weren’t able to convert on their last possession.
BYU women’s basketball will return to the Marriott Center to take on in-state foe Utah State on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tip off will be at 3 p.m. MST.