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shamosj | Posted: 30 Dec 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Morrison sparks Cougars in victory


PROVO, Utah – Freshman Makenzi Morrison came off the bench to spark BYU’s offense in a 65-50 victory over Pepperdine Monday night in the Marriott Center.

"We came out flat and I think part of it is that we really didn't get a lot of time to prepare for it,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said.  “I thought tonight the zone was very effective. Especially in the second half, I thought we did a really nice job with that. It was good to see Makenzi (Morrison) come in a play well for us and I thought she gave us a good lift. You've got to give Pepperdine a lot of credit. They made us play their game and they came out really ready to play and getting in that early whole was tough."

BYU (12-1, 2-0 WCC) was led in scoring by Lexi Eaton’s 18 points, of which 16 came in the second half. Jennifer Hamson had another strong night with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Morrison added nine points, three assists and three steals for the Cougars.

After Pepperdine (4-9, 0-2 WCC) started the game hitting 5-9 shots, BYU’s defense changed the complexion of the game holding the Waves to 12-49 (24.4 percent) shooting the rest of the way and amassing 12 steals. The Cougars shot 40 percent from the floor and outscored the Waves 18-6 in the paint and 17-2 off the bench.

BYU looked one dimensional on offense with Hamson scoring 12 of the first 15 points until three-straight 3-pointers from Kim Beeston and Morrison closed the gap to 25-24. After a Wave jumper, Ashley Garfield converted a three-point play to tie the game at 27 to cap off a 12-2 Cougar run with 5:55 left in the half.

The Waves came out on fire opening the game on an 8-0 run shooting a perfect 3-3 from the field before the Cougars settled in and started to hit some shots to keep the game close. Pepperdine would extend its lead to double digits on a 7-2 run to put the score at 25-15.

BYU took their first lead of the game at 31-30 after a jumper from Micaelee Orton and a steal and layup from Morrison. They would take the one-point lead into halftime after holding the Waves without a field goal over the last 6:40 of the half.

The Cougars continued their strong defensive play to go on a 10-0 run to take the 43-33 lead with 12:53 left in the game. After Pepperdine closed to within five at 44-39, BYU went on a 12-0 run led by nine points from Eaton to take their largest lead at 56-39 lead with 6:14 left in the game. During the run, the Waves went 0-5 with five turnovers.

The Cougars will take the court next against Pacific on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be broadcast live by BYUtv.

Player Notes:

Jennifer Hamson scored 12 of the first 15 points for the Cougars in the first half on her way to her ninth double-double of the season. Hamson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Lexi Eaton scored nine of 11 points during an 11-0 run that saw BYU go from a five-point lead to a 17-point lead in the second half. Eaton finished with 18 points and four rebounds.

Makenzi Morrison tied a career-high with nine points while adding career-highs in rebounds (two) and assists (three).

Kim Beeston scored eight points to join the 1,000 point club at BYU. She also added two rebounds and one assist.

Team Notes:

BYU went on a 16-5 run to take its first lead of the game at 31-30 on a layup by Makenzi Morrison with 3:14 left in the first half.

Eight players scored for BYU including Lexi Eaton (18) and Jennifer Hamson (16) who scored in double figures.

The Cougars outrebounded (42-35), had more points in the paint (18-6), had more bench points (17-2) and steals (12-6) than Pepperdine.

Defensively, BYU held Pepperdine to 29.3 percent shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers.

Offensively, the Cougars shot 40 percent from the field and assisted on 13 of their 26 baskets.

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

BYU hosts Pepperdine on Monday



BYU women’s basketball won its 11th game of the season by defeating Loyola Marymount on Saturday, 84-74. The win leaves the Cougars 1-0 in West Coast Conference play and tied for their best start in program history at 11-1.

BYU stays at the Marriott Center to play its second conference game in three days. The Cougars host Pepperdine on Monday, Dec. 30, at 5 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 19.6 points per game and has scored in double digits in all but one game played. Lexi Eaton follows with 16.0 points per game and Kim Beeston contributes 12.4 points. 

As a team, the Cougar women are averaging 75.6 points per game and holding opponents to 67.2 points. BYU has recorded more blocks than opponents in all games and has dished out more assists in 11 of the 12 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, 19.6 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Hamson, 10.4 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #4 Beeston, 4.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #4 Beeston, 1.5 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #5 Hamson, 4.1 bpg


Pepperdine University opens up WCC action with two road games. They were at San Diego prior to coming to Provo to battle the Cougars. To date, the Waves have compiled a 4-8 record. On the road they are 2-6.

With 12 games on the season, Pepperdine is averaging 70.2 points per game and has four players scoring in double figures. They are holding opponents to 74.2 points per game.

• Head coach: Ryan Weisenberg (Cal Poly, ‘97) 1st season
• Team’s leading scorer: #10 Bria Richardson, 17.0 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #11 Ea Shoushtari, 6.9 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #10 B. Richardson, 4.1 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #10 B. Richardson, 2.6 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #44 Kelsey Brockway, 0.6 bpg

Series History

BYU leads the series 5-2. When playing in Provo, the Waves are 0-3.

Last Meeting

These two teams met twice last year during the league race with BYU recording both wins. In Provo, the Cougars came out on top with a 68-42 victory on 1/12/13. When the teams played in Malibu, BYU picked up a 67-44 road win on 2/16/13.

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