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BYU women's basketball: Cougars do enough to get win

PROVO — Flashes of brilliance were plenty for the BYU women's basketball team to run away with its eighth conference victory, a 72-54 win over Colorado State.

"I thought tonight we played some of our best basketball, and then we played some of our worst basketball," said BYU coach Jeff Judkins, who watched his team go on a 19-0 run in the first half, then watched CSU come back with a couple of runs of its own to make things more interesting.

"I have to give CSU credit. They came back twice," said Judkins of an 8-2 run by the Rams to finish off the first half and a 23-9 run to cut a 22-point BYU lead to eight before BYU righted the ship.

The Cougars seemed to be running the perfect offense and hitting every shot they put up during the 19-0 stretch that left them with a 30-11 lead and gave them some much-needed cushion that kept the game from getting too close for comfort.

"We check ourselves at five minute marks to make sure we're following the game plan. We also want to make sure their run isn't longer than our run, and I thought we did a good job of that tonight," said junior Mindy Bonham, who scored 14 points and added five assists of her team's 21 as compared to only 15 turnovers for the Cougars.

But despite the 18-point victory, nine Cougar treys and a limited number of turnovers, Judkins thought his team was a little sluggish at times.

"Tonight for some reason we were tired. Tonight everybody except for Mindy seemed to be tired, and that's why I backed off the press in the second half. But we did well when I put it back in at the end," said Judkins, who was happy with the win but is thinking about giving his team a little lighter workout at practice tomorrow.

Haley Hall had yet another impressive outing with nine points, eight rebounds and nine assists, which is her season and career high in that category.

Coriann Wood led all scorers with 18 points, added eight rebounds and put up a solid 7 of 9 from the field, including a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range, which is a career-high.

"Some games you shoot and it feels good, and tonight it felt good," said Wood, who drained a trey late in the second half to put a stop to a CSU run.

Kristen Riley added nine rebounds and 11 points in a near double-double performance.

The Cougars are back to their winning ways as they've recorded three victories in a row and scored over 70 points in each one. They are now 17-6 overall and 8-3 in conference, placing themselves alone in second place.

BYU will be looking for revenge against Wyoming at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Marriott Center as it takes on the Cowboys, who gave the Cougars one of their three conference losses in the first round of play.