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BYU basketball: Devashrayee shines in Cougars' 70-69 loss to Toreros

Despite 23 points from senior guard Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee, BYU women’s basketball fell to San Diego, 70-69, at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

"We had the opportunity to win this game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We had the lead late and we didn't make foul shots when we needed to. We can't shoot 4-of-9 from the foul line on the road. Opposing teams give their best against us, and we always have to be ready to go."

Devashrayee led all scorers with 23 points, while Brenna Chase tallied 15 points. Sara Hamson and Malia Nawahine also scored in double figures, recording 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Cougars (11-8, 6-2 WCC) and Toreros (12-7, 5-3 WCC) struggled to find their rhythm offensively through the first four minutes of the first quarter, as BYU led San Diego, 4-2.

Nawahine gave the Cougars the 12-11 edge on a layup in the paint with 3:14 on the clock before the Toreros closed out the quarter outscoring the Cougars 10 to four. Nawahine led BYU with seven first-quarter points.

BYU started the second quarter on an 8-2 run, with Chase knocking down her second 3-pointer of the game at the 8:01 mark, giving the Cougars the 24-23 advantage. After Devashrayee drained an 18-footer, the Toreros went on a 6-0 run to take the 35-28 lead, their largest lead of the game so far. Chase put a stop to the USD run and scored a layup to bring BYU within five, 35-30, as the halftime buzzer sounded.

The Toreros extended their lead to nine, 47-38, halfway through the third quarter. After Devashrayee answered with a 3-pointer to bring BYU back within six, 47-41, USD countered with a 5-0 run to increase its lead to 11.

Back-to-back layups by Hamson and Devashrayee helped the Cougars cut the USD advantage to six, 58-52, as the third quarter came to a close.

With 7:11 left in the game, Devashrayee scored in the paint to bring BYU within two, 60-58. After Chase drained another trey to help BYU regain the one-point, 63-62 edge, USD recaptured the lead by going on an 8-0 run.

A Devashrayee pull-up jumper followed by a layup by Chase put BYU back within one, 70-69, with 1:48 left. With eight seconds to go, Sydney Williams missed a 3-pointer to make it a two-possession game, but the Toreros secured the offensive rebound.

The Toreros passed the ball in with six seconds left on the clock, which was deflected out of bounds. USD then passed the ball in on the baseline with two seconds left on the clock and no foul was called before the time expired.

BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center on Jan. 25, to take on Saint Mary’s. The game begins at 7 p.m. MT, and will be broadcast on BYUtv.