Despite 26 points from Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee, BYU women’s basketball fell to Pacific, 83-76, on Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
"Today we lost because of mental mistakes," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We turned the ball over and they scored baskets on the other end. We gave up layups and didn't box out at crucial times. We can't win on the road when we make those kinds of mistakes. We will learn from this and have two tough games to prepare for next week."
Brenna Chase also finished the game in double figures, with 18 points, while Amanda Wayment led BYU in rebounds with five.
BYU (12-9, 7-3 WCC) jumped out to the early 6-0 lead as Sara Hamson and Chase combined for the first three Cougar baskets. The Tigers answered with an 11-1 run to capture the 11-7 lead with 6:07 left in the first quarter.
After Pacific (10-11, 4-6 WCC) extended its lead to six, 17-11, Chase hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 17-all. The Tigers took the slight 21-20 advantage into the second quarter.
Chase and Devashrayee knocked down two more threes for the Cougars, helping BYU regain the 26-24 lead. Teams traded baskets midway through the second quarter, before Pacific closed out the quarter on an 11-2 run, taking the 46-36 lead into halftime. Chase led the Cougars with 13 points at halftime.
A trey by Devashrayee and jumper by Malia Nawahine cut Pacific’s lead in half, bringing BYU within five, 46-41, two minutes into the second half. The Tigers countered, increasing their lead to eight, 55-47, with 2:42 to go in the third quarter.
After Pacific increased its lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter, Chase drained her fourth 3-point field goal of the contest to help bring BYU within seven, 61-54. With 3:08 to go, Devashrayee knocked down her fifth and sixth free throws of the contest to bring BYU back within eight, after the Tigers increased their lead to 10.
Pacific was able to keep the lead through the last three minutes of the game and claim the 83-76 victory.
BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center on Feb. 1, to take on LMU in a 7 p.m. MT tip. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv.