Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee and Brenna Chase led BYU women’s basketball to a 67-55 win over LMU at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday afternoon.
“This was a big win because LMU is a really good team,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “We have tough games on the road, and I am glad we are able to take care of this one today. I was really impressed with Brenna and Cassie today. Brenna is a tough kid. She shot the ball well and made some great passes and plays today. The game is coming more (easily) to her.”
Devashrayee and Chase combined for 51 of the Cougars’ 67 points, with Devashrayee tallying 29 and Chase recording 22. Sara Hamson led BYU in rebounding with a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Cougars (11-7, 6-1 WCC) captured the early 5-0 read, as Devashrayee nailed a 3-pointer and Chase went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. LMU (11-7, 3-4 WCC) countered with a 5-0 run of its own to tie the game at 5-all midway through the first quarter.
After a basket by Devashrayee, the Lions hit back-to-back treys, taking the 13-9 lead. LMU converted two three-point plays to close out the first quarter, leading BYU 18-9. Devashrayee scored seven of the Cougars’ nine first-quarter points.
BYU cut LMU’s lead to five, 20-15, as Chase knocked down her first 3-point field goal of the contest with 8:37 on the clock. Out of the media timeout, Albiero made a 15-footer to make it a one-possession game with LMU leading 24-22.
Devashrayee converted her second 3-point field goal with 2:02 to go in the first half, giving BYU the slight 27-26 advantage and the Cougars their first lead of the game since they lead 7-5. BYU carried the one-point, 31-30 lead into the halftime break.
Both teams struggled to find their rhythm to begin the second half, with teams scoring just two baskets apiece through the first five minutes of the third quarter. After a three-minute scoring drought from both teams, Chase hit another 3-pointer, her second of the game, at the 1:38 mark to give BYU the narrow 38-37 lead.
Chase countered with another trey after LMU opened the fourth quarter with a layup. The Cougars then went on an 11-3 run, claiming the 53-44 lead with 5:41 to go. BYU extended its lead to 12, beating LMU, 67-55.
The Cougars travel to San Diego to take on the Toreros on Saturday, Jan. 20. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. PST. The game can be streamed live at TheW.tv and can be listened to on BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143.