Senior guard Malia Nawahine and BYU women’s basketball routed Portland, 73-35, on Thursday night at the Marriott Center on Senior Night.
“I thought it was a great game today,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “I thought we played the best defensively during the first quarter than we have in a long time. The way they played, the way they moved and the way they helped each other is the way that defense is supposed to be played.”
Nawahine led the Cougars with 23 points to go with six rebounds. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee had six assists and collected 13 points, pushing her into 18th all-time in BYU scoring history. Brenna Chase picked up 10 points and four assists, while Paisley Johnson came off the bench to score nine points. Sara Hamson had five blocks and seven boards, while Shalae Salmon added eight rebounds in the win.
Nawahine collected the first seven points of the game for BYU (16-12, 11-6 West Coast Conference) from a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup.
Broadhead Devashrayee followed that up with three-straight buckets to help make it 20-3, forcing a timeout from Portland (6-22, 2-15 WCC).
A trey and free throw from Johnson and another two shots from the charity stripe by Nawahine then ended the first quarter with the Cougars in front 26-3.
Johnson and Nawahine combined to score 10-straight points to increase the advantage to 30, 36-6, with just less than seven minutes left in the quarter.
The Pilots then went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 28, 42-14, but a jumper from Maria Albiero ended the half with BYU ahead, 44-14.
The second half began much more competitively as a Salmon jumper kept the Cougars in front 54-20 with less than five minutes to go.
A Chase 3-pointer helped BYU stay ahead, 62-29, to end the quarter. Treys from Liz Eaton and Nawahine then started things in the fourth as the Cougars led 68-32.
BYU eventually collected the 73-35 win, its largest lead of the night, after another Albiero bucket.
Following the conclusion of the game, the Cougars’ three seniors (Devashrayee, Nawahine and Amanda Wayment) were honored for their careers at BYU.
The Cougars hit the road next, traveling to Gonzaga for their final regular-season game of the year. The game will be broadcast live on BYU Radio and streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to the video and audio streams can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.
Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.