The BYU women's basketball team extended its win streak to 11 games after earning a 65-56 win over San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday.
"We made some key plays when we had to," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We also executed our game plan when we needed to, so those are good things. I thought Jasmine Moody had a really good game for us today. She made some critical free throws that were huge for us."
Shaylee Gonzales led the team with 17 points, five steals, four rebounds, two assists and one block. Paisley Johnson and Jasmine Moody contributed 13 points apiece. Moody added 12 rebounds to her career-best points for her first career double-double.
The Cougars took a 9-8 lead in the first quarter as three players combined for five free throws and Shalae Salmon went 2-of-2 from the field.
BYU put together a 9-3 run as four different players managed to put points on the scoreboard and give the Cougars an 18-12 advantage. However, four-straight points by the Toreros and a free throw by BYU's Moody brought the score to 19-16 as the quarter ended.
Brenna Chase opened the second quarter with five-straight points to aid the Cougars to a 24-16 lead. San Diego answered with back-to-back buckets from beyond the arc, but Maria Albiero went down to the other end of the court and knocked in one of her own to keep BYU on top, 27-22, with 7:47 on the clock.
With 1:28 remaining in the first half, the Toreros scored four-consecutive points to bring the game within one, 31-30, as the two teams headed into the locker room.
San Diego came out in the second half and took a 34-33 lead early on, but Moody hit a jumper to give the Cougars the lead again.
In the final three minutes of the third quarter, BYU outscored the Toreros to extend its advantage to 43-38 as the final quarter began.
San Diego evened the game at 43-all, but Johnson gave the momentum to the Cougars as she converted on a three-point play and was followed by a bucket by Gonzales to extend the lead to 48-43 with 8:30 remaining.
Back-to-back buckets by the Toreros brought the deficit to one point, 53-52, but Moody finished at the charity stripe to keep BYU on top.1 comment on this story
Johnson hit two-consecutive 3-pointers in the final two minutes to lead the Cougars to a 65-56 win.
On the game, BYU shot 35.6 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from the three and 63 percent from the free-throw line. San Diego recorded 40.7 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent from the charity stripe.
The Cougars continue on the road as they take on Loyola Marymount on Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. PST. The game will take place at Gersten Pavilion and will be streamed on TheW.tv.