For the second-straight game, Malia Nawahine set a career high in points to lead BYU past Pacific on Saturday at the Marriott Center.
"I'm happy with the result," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We had a really good first half, especially defensively. I thought Malia (Nawahine) had a great week."
Nawahine scored 25 points two days after her 23 points against San Francisco broke her previous career best. She shot 9-of-15 from the field and also pulled down nine rebounds. Sara Hamson narrowly missed out on a triple-double, with eight points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
The Cougars (8-7, 3-1) rode a hot start from Nawahine. She scored seven of BYU's first 10 points for a 10-2 lead with 6:28 showing on the first quarter clock.
Liz Eaton's third field goal came on a putback in the second quarter to put the Cougars up 32-19. She came off the bench to go 3-of-3 in the quarter. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee hit a baseline jumper with a couple of minutes left in the quarter to make the lead 41-24.
BYU led 45-27 at halftime. Nawahine led the team with 14 points.
Hamson's defensive presence highlighted the beginning of the third quarter. She recorded blocks on three-straight defensive possessions to bring her total to five for the game. The Cougars led 55-33 halfway through the quarter. Hamson got her first field goal with 2:33 on the third quarter clock to stop a Pacific (6-9, 0-4) run and put BYU up 59-42.
BYU was up 63-46 heading into the last quarter.
The Tigers chipped away at the Cougar lead and trailed 63-54 early in the fourth quarter. Nawahine made a left-handed lay-in and scored a couple of possessions later to tie her career high of 23 points and give BYU more breathing room with a 69-54 advantage.
Nawahine got to 25 points at the free-throw line with less than three minutes left to put the Cougars up 75-58. BYU coasted to the 12-point, 77-65 win.
The Cougars play at Pepperdine next Thursday at 7 p.m. PST. The game can be streamed on TheW.tv.