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BYU women's basketball: Cougars drop last conference game to Bulldogs

BYU women’s basketball dropped its last conference game on Saturday, losing to Gonzaga, 62-37, on the road at McCarthey Athletic Center.

“We played a good defensive game,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said, “but missed out on a lot of opportunities to score. We have to start the game better when we play big teams like Gonzaga.”

Brenna Chase led the Cougars with 10 points, going 2-of-6 from behind the arc. Malia Nawahine chipped in eight points for BYU, while Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee had seven points in the loss. Amanda Wayment recorded a team-high nine rebounds.

After BYU notched an early 2-0 lead, Gonzaga went on a 14-0 run to claim the 14-2 advantage and force a Cougar timeout with 3:14 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs took the 16-2 lead into the second quarter. BYU’s two points in the first quarter are the least amount of points the Cougars have scored in a 10-minute period all season.

A Chase 3-pointer brought BYU within 10, 18-8, but on the next Gonzaga possession, Emma Stach knocked down a 3-pointer of her own to help the Bulldogs retake the 13-point, 21-8 lead.

After finding themselves down by 19, 27-8, the Cougars scored five-straight points to cut the Bulldog lead to 14, 27-13. Gonzaga finished the half strong, taking a 33-15 lead into halftime.

A trey by Chase followed by a steal and a layup by Nawahine brought BYU within 12, 33-21, just before the third quarter media timeout. The Cougars held the Bulldogs scoreless in the third quarter until Stach hit her second 3-pointer at the 4:46 minute mark to put Gonzaga up 15, 36-21. The Bulldogs then closed out the third quarter outscoring the Cougars, 9-6.

With 7:18 on the fourth-quarter clock, Liz Eaton drove to the hoop and scored to make the score 49-31. Gonzaga logged its largest lead of the game, 60-31, as Stach drained her third 3-pointer of the game at the four-minute mark. The Cougars tallied their seventh conference loss, losing to the Bulldogs, 62-37.

BYU will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the 2018 West Coast Conference Tournament on March 1-6. The Cougars await their seeding and opponent.