Four Cougars scored in double digits for the fourth time this season as BYU women’s basketball topped Pepperdine, 73-67, on Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
“This was a good road league game for us tonight,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Malia (Nawahine) played really well, and I thought Paisley (Johnson) gave us a good lift off the bench. Brenna (Chase) also had a great game for us, especially in the first half.”
Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led BYU (9-7, 4-1 West Coast Conference) in points with 22 in her seventh career game of 20-plus points. Devashrayee also dished out nine assists. Malia Nawahine earned her first double-double as a Cougar with 11 points and 13 rebounds, including three 3-pointers. Brenna Chase added 12 points, while Paisley Johnson scored 12 off the bench.
Chase scored BYU’s first eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field as the Cougars trailed Pepperdine (6-9, 2-3 WCC), 8-11, with 5:53 left in the first quarter. BYU then went on a 14-4 run to finish the period ahead, 22-17. Johnson nailed a 3-pointer at the 3:51 mark to even the score, 13-13. Nawahine added two 3-pointers of her own, while Shalae Salmon made a free throw and layup in the run.
Pepperdine came within two, 24-22, two minutes into the second quarter before a layup and perfect trip to the charity stripe from Devashrayee, along with two layups from Wayment, gave the Cougars a seven-point, 32-25 lead. BYU soon increased its advantage to double digits. Devashrayee’s seventh and eighth free throws of the half gave the Cougars a 12-point, 41-29 lead heading into halftime.
BYU led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, 51-37, with 6:31 on the clock after Nawahine hit her third 3-pointer of the night. Pepperdine worked its way back in the game to trail by 10, 51-41, with 5:14 left. Both teams suffered scoring droughts in the final three minutes of the period and battled at the free-throw line as the Waves made four-consecutive free throws to cut the Cougars’ lead to nine, 54-45, at the 2:19 mark.
A quicker pace set the tone for both teams in the fourth quarter. With 7:47 left, Devashrayee scored on a jumper to give BYU a nine-point lead, 59-50. The Cougars and Waves exchanged baskets as Pepperdine came within four, 62-58, with 6:47 on the clock.
The Waves kept it a two-possession game the rest of the way before BYU pulled away for good. Ahead by four with just more than three minutes to play, Johnson scored in the paint, giving the Cougars a 66-60 advantage. Devashrayee made four free throws and hit a jumper to give the Cougars an eight-point, 72-64 lead before reaching a final score of 73-67.
BYU returns to Provo on Saturday, hosting Santa Clara at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio.