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Women's basketball: Cougars survive against San Francisco

A double-double from Morgan Bailey helped BYU women’s basketball hold on to a 68-63 victory over San Francisco on the road Thursday night.

"This was a great team effort and a huge win on the road," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Our kids played hard and made huge baskets when we needed them to. We got some balanced scoring and that's nice to see. Morgan had another great game and I'm happy for her and her accomplishment of reaching 1,000 points."

After playing all 40 minutes, Bailey led the Cougars with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Lexi Eaton and Makenzi Morrison had 16 points and four rebounds apiece. Morrison also dished out a game-high five assists and had a career-high seven steals.

Bailey's 19 points helped her reach more than 1,000 career points in this game. Two Dons also passed the 1,000-points milestone in this game: Taj Winston and Taylor Proctor.

The game was tied 4-4 early in the game before BYU (16-5, 8-2 West Coast Conference) went on a 9-0 run that was capped off by a corner three from Xojian Harry. The Cougars led the Dons (13-7, 4-5 WCC), 15-10, after Bailey grabbed an offensive board and made the putback layup with 14:06 remaining. Bailey had eight rebounds in just the first half.

BYU went up 28-18 after going on an 8-0 run made up of a couple of hook shots from Bailey. With 3:55 left, Morrison nailed a 3-pointer to give the Cougars their largest lead of the first half, 31-20.

San Francisco closed out the first half on a 7-0 run, but BYU held on to the 31-27 lead going into the break.

The Cougars came out firing on all cylinders as they went on a quick 8-2 run to open up the second half, pushing the lead to 41-29 with 14:41 left in the game.

Eaton scored seven points in a row, including a trey after Bailey saved the ball going out of bounds, to make it 50-34 with less than 11 minutes remaining.

Morrison kept it rolling for BYU by scoring a quick five points after a three and a jump shot. With 6:25 in the game, a layup from Bailey pushed the Cougars’ lead to 57-42 over the Dons.

BYU was held scoreless for three minutes, allowing San Francisco to close the gap. When Eaton got a jump shot to fall, the lead was 59-49.

A Dons 3-pointer shrunk the Cougars lead to 59-54 with one minute left. San Francisco went on a 9-0 run and held BYU to no baskets for three minutes. Despite the Dons getting within one, 64-63, the Cougars hit key free throws down the stretch to close out the game and hold on to the victory.

BYU’s road trip continues Saturday against Santa Clara at 2 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast live on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. A live stream and live stats will be available on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.