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mperry | Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Hamson's career-high 31 leads BYU past LMU

PROVO, Utah—Behind Jennifer Hamson’s career-high 31 points, BYU women’s basketball cruised by Loyola Marymount, 90-72, for its first West Coast Conference victory on Saturday.
With her eighth double-double of the season, Hamson led the Cougars with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Junior Ashley Garfield was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, scoring nine points and leading the team with 14 rebounds while seeing extended minutes in place of the injured Morgan Bailey.
Point guard Kylie Maeda added 10 points and seven assists while Lexi Eaton and Kim Beeston scored 18 and 11 points, respectively.
Tying its season-high in points, BYU (11-1, 1-0) shot 58 percent from the field, tallied 20 assists and had four players score in double figures in the WCC opening win over LMU (3-9, 0-1).
The first half led off with BYU’s Eaton scoring the first five points of the game as BYU jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  Hamson scored 20 of her points in the half on 8 of 12 shooting.
The largest lead of the half came with 2:18 left as the Cougars led the Lions by 16, 42-26. LMU then gained back some momentum as they cut the lead to 46-36 to end the half, due in part to BYU’s 12 first-half turnovers. 
BYU regained some momentum in the second half, stretching the lead to 20 behind a 13-3 run powered by eight points from Eaton.
The Cougars kept the lead margin steady until about seven minutes left in the game when LMU sparked a 9-0 run to cut it to seven, 73-66. 

On the next two possessions BYU pushed the lead back to double-digits when Xojian Harry scored a layup on an assist by Garfield, and Hamson converted a three-point play to tie her previous career high in points, helping the Cougars spark a 14-5 run to secure the victory.

BYU stays home Monday as it hosts Pepperdine at 5 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.

Player Notes: 

Jennifer Hamson scored a career-high 31 points. She scored 20 points alone in the first half. She earned a double-double with 11 rebounds and was 9 of 11 at the free-throw line. 

Lexi Eaton was the second leading scorer with 18 points and five rebounds. 

Ashley Garfield led the team in rebounds with 14 and tied her season high nine points. 

Team Notes:

BYU's largest run was 8-2 by Lexi Eaton at 15:23 in the second half. She drove to the basket to earn the extra point at the line, hit a 3-pointer and then drove again for the easy layup. 

BYU shot 58.3 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the 3-point range. 

BYU forced 13 total turnovers with 9 in the first half. 

BYU maintained the lead the entire game. 

BYU improves to 11-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 23 Dec 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

Cougars begin conference play against Loyola Marymount


BYU women’s basketball won its 10th game of the season by defeating in-state rival Utah State on Saturday, 84-74. The win leaves the Cougars tied for their best non-conference start in program history at 10-1.

BYU stays at the Marriott Center to play its first conference game this week. The Cougars host the Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. MST. The game will air live on BYUtv.

BYU has three players scoring in double figures, led by Jennifer Hamson who is scoring 18.5 points per game and has scored in double digits in all but one game played. Lexi Eaton follows with 15.8 points per game and Kim Beeston contributes 12.5 points. 

As a team, the Cougar women are averaging 74.3 points per game and holding opponents to 66.7 points. BYU has recorded more blocks than opponents in all games and has dished out more assists in 10 of the 11 games played to date. They have also recorded more rebounds in eight contests to date.

In the coaches’ preseason poll, BYU was picked to finish fourth in the WCC regular season race behind San Diego, Saint Mary’s and league favorite Gonzaga. Senior center Jennifer Hamson was named to the preseason all-conference team, her second such honor.

• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) enters his 13th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #5 Hamson, 18.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Hamson, 10.4 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #4 Beeston, 4.1 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #4 Beeston, 1.6 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #5 Hamson, 4.4 bpg

Loyola Marymount concluded its nonconference schedule with a 3-8 record, capturing wins over New Mexico State, Northern Arizona and UNLV.

After playing 11 games, the Lions are averaging 65.4 points per game and have two players scoring in double figures.

Last year, LMU compiled a 13-18 record finishing tied for fifth place in the West Coast Conference.  They return three starters and a total of 10 letterwinners.

• Head coach: Charity Elliott (SW Missouri State, ‘92) enters 2nd season
• Team’s leading scorer: #4 Hazel Ramirez, 13.5 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #35 Mackenzie Kerins, 8.7 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #4 H. Ramierez, 5.6 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #4 H. Ramirez, 2.5 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #20 Sophie Taylor, 0.8 bpg

Series History
BYU leads the series 6-1. When playing in Provo, the Lions are 0-2.

Last Meeting
During last year’s WCC race, these two teams split the series with each school winning on its home court. The Cougars and Lions met for a third time, in the quarterfinals of the WCC Championships in Las Vegas. In that game, BYU picked up the 69-57 victory.

The first game during league action was played in Provo with BYU getting the 72-53 win on Jan. 24, 2013.  In the second meeting, the Lions recorded the 68-55 victory on Feb. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. 

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