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Women's basketball roundup: Waves force 23 turnovers to snap Y.'s streak

MALIBU, Calif. — Lauren Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Kelsey Patrick had 13 and Pepperdine used a strong second half to upset No. 22 BYU 61-49 on Thursday night, ending the Lady Cougars' nine-game winning streak.

The loss was only the third time this season BYU has scored less than 50 points in a game.

Jazmine Jackson added 10 points for the Waves (11-10, 6-4 WCC), who shot 55 percent after halftime and harassed the Cougars into 23 total turnovers.

Kristen Riley had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Haley Steed added 10 points to lead BYU (20-4, 8-2). The loss dropped the Lady Cougars out of a tie with Gonzaga for first place in the West Coast Conference.

Bell hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the same spot near the top of the key to push the lead to 53-36 with 31/2 minutes remaining.

The Lady Cougars made a late push, getting as close as 56-49 with just over a minute to play. Bell was then intentionally fouled and made both free throws to preserve the win.

OREGON 72, UTAH 67: At Eugene, Ore., Amanda Johnson and Nia Jackson scored 19 points each and Oregon held off a late charge by Utah.

Liz Brenner added 10 points for the Ducks (12-10, 4-6 Pac-12), who led the entire game but nearly had their 16-point second-half advantage erased.

Taryn Wicijowski led the Utes (10-11, 3-7) with 19 points and Janita Badon added 17, including a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left that cut Oregon's lead to 68-67. Utah had trailed 59-43 with 9:24 to play.

But Johnson and Ariel Thomas each made a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Ducks.

A close finish couldn't have been predicted after Oregon took a 23-5 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The Ducks led 40-25 at halftime.

The Utes got back into the game with six second-half 3-pointers but were 10 of 34 from the 3-point line overall.

UTAH STATE 78, SAN JOSE STATE 73: At San Jose, Calif., Ashlee Brown scored 30 points while making 16 free throws and grabbing 14 rebounds for the Aggies (14-6, 5-1 WAC).

PORTLAND STATE 76, WEBER STATE 63: At Portland, Ore., junior forward Shawnte Taylor scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but the Wildcats fell short of pulling out their first Big Sky Conference win of the season.

Led by Courtney VanBrocklin's 16 points, the Vikings topped the Wildcats 76-63 at the Stott Center.

Senior center Mikell Woodfield, an Oregon-native playing for the final time in her home state, added 16 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Megan Patterson added 12 points for the Wildcats.

Weber State's loss was its 12th consecutive setback, with the Wildcats falling to 0-9 in Big Sky Conference play (2-20 overall).

Junior forward Amanda Hughes added eight points and six rebounds for Weber State, which committed a season-low 11 turnovers.

Portland State improved to 4-5 in Big Sky play (12-9 overall) and snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Wildcats trailed 43-29 at halftime as the Vikings shot 51.7 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Portland State opened up its lead to as many as 20 in the second half before a late charge by Weber State cut the deficit to the final margin.

Weber State remains on the road through Saturday as it heads to Greeley, Colo., to take on Northern Colorado at Butler-Hancock Pavilion. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

UTAH VALLEY 66, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 51: At Orem, the Wolverines never trailed and got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Sammie Jensen in their conference home-opener.

"We talked all week about having a defensive mentality and I thought we were very good, especially in the first half," said UVU head women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon. "We were able to take away their strengths and it really ignited our offense tonight as well."

Both UVU (11-10, 3-1 GWC) and UTPA (9-14, 2-2 GWC) suffered slow starts to begin, grinding to a 4-4 tie over the first five and a half minutes of the ballgame. But once Kaycee Mansfield dropped in a reverse layup off a feed from Whitney Jenkins, the Wolverines found their offensive rhythm.

An 8-0 run over the next four minutes pulled UVU ahead 12-4 with 11:31 to play. Then, after a free throw minutes later from the Broncs' Bianca Torre cut the Wolverine lead to 12-7, UVU pieced together a 12-2 rally highlighted by Kyra Prause's back-to-back scores — a running scoop shot in the lane followed by a corner three.

Now with a 24-9 lead with 4:24 until the break, the Wolverines scored six of the game's next ten points as it took a 32-13 lead into the locker room. Overall, UVU strung together a 28-9 run over the last 14:50 of the first half and limited the Broncs to just 17.2 percent shooting in the frame.

"Texas-Pan American has played well recently and competed with some of the top teams in our league, so we felt like we needed to set a defensive tone early," said Nixon. "We were able to control the boards, limit their second chances, and I thought we were able to control the game on the defensive end."

The Wolverines pushed the lead out to as many as 25 in the second half, but UTPA slowly chipped away at the deficit. Seven consecutive points from Torre and Keandra Goodson pulled the Broncs to within 14 at 52-38 with 6:23 to play, but UVU got huge minutes from Kali Roche down the stretch to help preserve the lead. The sophomore forward scored all six of her points on 3-of-3 shooting, grabbed two rebounds, and blocked one shot in the final six minutes of play as the Wolverines held on for a 15-point victory.

Jensen led the way with her 12th double-double on the year, and sixth in a row, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards. Jenkins also finished in double digits, scoring 12 points and dishing out four assists. Abbie Beutler finished with nine points, going 2-for-4 from three.

UTPA was led by 14 points from Adanna Opara.

UVU returns to action Saturday for another Great West Conference matchup, this time against Houston Baptist at 3 p.m. in the Activity Center.

NO. 19 WESTMINSTER 78, MONTANA WESTERN 63: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins (14-7, 7-1 Frontier) fell behind by as many as 10 points during the first half. Western (12-9, 2-6) twice had 10-point leads, including a 26-16 advantage with 6:18 to play in the opening half. The Griffins then put together a 12-2 run that featured three layups and seven free throws to tie the game at 28 with 1:50 to play. UMW eventually took a one-point lead into the intermission.

Trailing 40-38 at the 16:47 mark, Westminster scored 17 consecutive points to build a 55-40 lead with 11:41 to play and never trailed again.

The Griffins would eventually push the advantage to 19 with 5:47 remaining after back-to-back hoops from Nicole Yazzie. Western would get back within 11 with 2:45 remaining, but not closer.

Westminster finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the floor while also shooting 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Griffins scored 34 points in the paint and had 19 assists on 27 made field goals. The defense held UMW to 41.7 percent shooting and forced them into 28 turnovers which resulted in 17 Griffin points.

Yazzie led five Griffins in double figures with 20 points. She shot 8-of-14 from the floor with three makes from beyond the arc. It was her fifth 20-point game of the season and second straight. The junior guard also added four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Jenteal Jackson finished the game with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Cydney Tibbitts added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds with Dana Bates scoring 10. Shelby Ellsworth sparked a 21-point bench effort with 14 points.

Hayley Pettit led Western with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her conference-leading 13th double-double of the year. Roxy Thurman added 15 points while Kassi Kerbs and Alecia Wilson scored 12 and 11, respectively.

Westminster will look for a fourth straight win on Saturday when they host Montana Tech. The action begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Behnken Field House.