PROVO — BYU women's basketball (18-6, 10-3 WCC) snapped its three-game losing streak with its largest margin of victory in conference play in a 75-49 win over Pacific (15-9, 8-5 WCC) at the Marriott Center on Saturday.
"It feels nice to get back on track," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We moved the ball really well and our guards were really sharp today. The pressure was key and we got some easy baskets because of it."
Shaylee Gonzales made 5 of 10 field goal attempts, including a career-high four 3-pointers, to lead BYU with 18 points while also grabbing six rebounds and recording three steals. Paisley Johnson contributed 17 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Babalu Ugwu pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and Sara Hamson blocked a game-high four shots.
Brenna Chase scored two fast-break layups and Gonzales knocked down a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to give BYU a 9-0 lead over Pacific to start the game. The two guards each added another two points to go along with a layup from Johnson and a putback basket from Hamson to extend the lead to 17-4 midway through the first period. The Cougars capitalized on two steals in the final minute leading to a layup and 3-point shot from Johnson, as well as a basket from Gonzales, to put BYU up 24-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Gonzales made two baskets from behind the arc and Hamson added a layup to give BYU a 32-11 lead to start the second period. Chase and Caitlyn Alldredge each hit a 3-point jumper to push the Cougars’ advantage to 38-11 with five minutes left in the half. Maria Albiero closed out the period with a layup with 30 seconds left to put BYU up 44-19, matching the most points scored in a half this season for the Cougars.
Hamson scored a layup and a free throw to lead the Cougars on a 7-0 run, taking a 51-19 lead to start the second half. Johnson scored a 3-point basket and a pair of free throws to extend the lead 58-23 midway through the third. Ugwu scored five of BYU’s last seven points in the third period, maintaining the 35-point advantage 65-30.1 comment on this story
Pacific opened the fourth period with an 8-0 run. Signe Glantz stopped the run with a layup for BYU before the Tigers scored another seven points to cut the deficit to 67-47 with three minutes left in the game. Ashley Beckstrand re-extended the lead, scoring three baskets and two free throws for the Cougars’ last eight points, giving BYU the win, 75-49.
The Cougars hit the road to take on Portland on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Chiles Center. The game will be streamed live on theW.tv and live stats will be available on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.