The BYU women's basketball team may be struggling under a new coach and system, but Saturday afternoon there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Cougars lost, 82-69, against Oregon in their home opener Saturday and fell to 2-5 on the season, but there was marked improvement over previous games, according to coach Soni Adams."We hate to lose, but we're coming along," Adams said. "We kind of stood around the first five minutes of the game, but we had one of our best defensive outings and the offense is starting to come around."

The 4-1 Ducks scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. They held a 37-26 halftime lead.

The Cougars made a run in the second half and pulled to within one point, at 59-58, on a 10-foot baseline jumper by guard Thais Kidd with 9:30 remaining. Oregon went on an 8-2 run, however, to take back control of the game.

"We really shouldn't be 2-5 with the talent we have," Adams said. "I'll take responsibility for that. We've got a lot of new things we're trying to put in."

Kidd finished with a game-high 18 points, while center Debbie Dimond had 14 and Behka Stafford 11 for the Cougs.

BYU will again be in action Monday at 2 p.m. against winless Idaho State in the Smith Fieldhouse.