BYU women’s basketball fell to Cal, 70-45, on Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion.
"We got outplayed in every part of the game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We didn't adjust well or do what we needed to make stops, but I thought we played a good second quarter."
Cal (8-2) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, forcing an early Cougar timeout with 7:12 on the clock. Amanda Wayment gave BYU its first points of the game at the 6:26 mark, making the score 7-2.
The Bears then held the Cougars scoreless for almost three minutes before Malia Nawahine knocked down a 3-pointer to bring BYU within 10, 15-5. Cal took a 22-5 lead into the second quarter.
After Cal extended its lead to 19, 30-11, Devashrayee and Brenna Chase scored back-to-back buckets to make the score 30-16. Both teams went cold as halftime approached, with Cal going 1-of-12 to end the half.
The Bears led the Cougars by 14, 35-21, at the break. BYU outscored Cal, 16-13, in the second quarter.
Cal started the third quarter on a 15-2 run, with BYU’s lone basket coming from Sara Hamson. At the 2:33 mark, Paisley Johnson drained a 3-pointer for the Cougars second bucket of the quarter, making the score 51-26.
Salmon scored two quick layups in the post to start the fourth quarter for the Cougars. The sophomore’s back-to-back buckets brought BYU within 25, 60-35.
At the 4:58 mark, Salmon scored again in the paint, giving her eight points for the game. The Cougars outscored the Bears, 14-12, in the fourth quarter.
BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center to play Montana State on Friday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. MT, in its last non-conference game. The contest will be televised on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio.