Cannon Event Center
55-220 Kulanui St Laie HI 96762
LAIE, Hawaii – Despite a career night from Morgan Bailey, BYU women's basketball fell 71-61 to No. 19 Oregon State to conclude the Tom Weston Invitational.
"I thought we had some moments when we played really well," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Morgan had a great game for us today. We just need to get more production from other players. We did a good job defensively. They are a very good team. We need to make better choices and decisions when the game is on the line. "
Morgan contributed a career-high 26 points in addition to leading the team in rebounds with nine. Kylie Maeda and Lexi Eaton added a team-high four assists apiece, while Eaton also collected double-digit points, adding 19. Makenzi Morrison contributed 10 points to round out the top three scorers.
BYU (3-3) scored just 20 points in the paint, compared to Oregon State's (5-0) 32. The Beavers additionally had 12 second-chance points to the Cougars' four.
Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin the game, but a Bailey jump shot gave the Cougars a 6-4 advantage with just under 17 minutes left to play in the half. Bailey and the Beavers' Sydney Wiese followed by trading 3-pointers to tie the game back up at nine apiece.
A Morrison trey capped off a 7-0 BYU run to extend the Cougars' lead to as many points at 16-9 with 11:41 left in the first 20 minutes of action. The Beavers countered with an 8-2 rally of their own, however, to bring them within a point at 18-17. BYU answered that rally, adding another 7-0 run - helped by four points from Bailey, to stay ahead 25-17 with under eight minutes to play before halftime.
A pair of Oregon State free throws tied the game back up at 27-all, which was followed by four addtional points to end a 14-2 run and put the Beavers back up 31-27. Oregon State went into the locker room at the break up by five, 34-29.
Eaton hit a 3-pointer to start the Cougar offense in the second half, with her team trailing 38-31. Bailey scored BYU's next seven points, including another bucket from beyond-the-arc, to bring her team back within five at 43-38 with 16 minutes left to play.
The Beavers slowly started to build a lead, going up by 11 after a layup from Oregon State's Samantha Siegner with 13:18 remaining. The two teams traded points from there, including a fast-break layup from Morrison that brought the Cougars back within seven at 58-51 with eight minutes to play in the game. The Beavers then scored the next nine points of the game to get their largest lead to that point at 16, 67-51.
Oregon State retained at least a 10-point lead for the rest of the game, eventually winning 71-61.
The Cougars return to Provo next Thursday to face off against UNLV at the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio. LInks to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU women's basketball schedule page.
The 10-point loss to No. 19 Oregon State is the first defeat by BYU in the history of the invitational played on the BYU-Hawaii campus.
The Cougars had dished out 11 assists in the first half of action and finished the game with 17, one more than the Beavers.
BYU shot 42 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Morgan Bailey led all scorers at the break with 17 points while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. She ended the game with a career-high 26 points off of 12-21 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from 3-point range. Bailey also had team bests in rebounds with nine along with three assists.
Lexi Eaton recorded her fourth-straight double digit outing in points with 19 and was perfect at the charity stripe, making all four attempts. She tied for team bests in assists with four and pulled down a season-best eight rebounds.
Makenzi Morrison was the third Cougar player to score in double figures with 10 points along with three assists, one steal and two defensive rebounds. The double-digit outing is her fourth-straight contest putting up double digits in points.
Kylie Maeda tied for team bests in assists with four along with three points and one rebound.
After a 65-60 home win over Nevada, BYU women’s basketball (1-2) continues play on the road this week competing in the Tom Weston Invitational in Laie, Hawaii where they will play three games.
The Cougars battle Butler (0-4) at 3 p.m. HST on Wed. Nov. 26. On Thanksgiving Day BYU plays BYU-Hawai’i at 1 p.m. HST. The Cougars conclude the week with a matchup against No. 20 Oregon State Sat., Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. HST. All games will be played at the Cannon Activities Center on the BYU-H campus.
BYU returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that compiled a 28-7, 14-4 record. The Cougars finished second in the West Coast Conference and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. This year they were selected to finish second in the WCC regular season.
Morgan Bailey, a 6-foot-2 senior forward leads the team in points and rebounds with 19.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Junior Kylie Maeda tops the list in the assists category for BYU dishing out 3.0 per contest.
The Cougars are scoring 61.3 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field, 67 percent at the free-throw line, 38 percent from 3-point land and have recorded more assists than their opponents.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) 14th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #41 M. Bailey, 19.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #41 M. Bailey, 9.0 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #15 K. Maeda, 3.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #21 L. Eaton, 2.0 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #20, Cassie Broadhead, 1.5 bpg
Entering this week’s invitational the Bulldogs are 0-4 on the year. Butler returns five letterwinners from last year’s team that compiled a 16-16, 10-8 record, finishing sixth in the Big East Conference.
Ijeoma Uchendu leads the team with a double-double from 21.0 points and 13.5 rebounds a game. Loryn Goodwin follows with 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Blaire Langlois rounds out the double digit scoring contributing 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and a team best 2.5 assists per contest.
Butler scores 58.0 points per game while shooting 34 percent from the field, 65 percent from the free-throw line and 28 percent from 3-point range.
• Head coach: Kurt Godlevske (Northern Michigan,1994) First season
• Team’s leading scorer: #01 I. Uchendu, 21.0 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #01 I. Uchendu, 13.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #2 B. Langlois, 2.5 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #32 L. Goodwin, 2.3 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #01 I. Uchendu, .75 bpg
This will be the first meeting between these two schools.
The 2014-15 Seasider team features players from four countries (United States, Tonga, New Zealand and China). In the Tom Weston Invitational, BYU-Hawaii plays the Cougars on Thanksgiving Day and Butler on Saturday, Nov. 29.
BYU-Hawaii returns six letterwinners including four starters from a team that went 3-19, 3-14 last season. The four starters are Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo (16.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Whitney Fieldsted (6.9 ppg, 8.8 rpb), Marquessa Gilson (6.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Jiashen Cui (7.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg).
This year, the Seasiders were selected to finish 12th in the Pacific West Conference.
• Head coach: Craig Stanger (Western Oregon,1995) 2nd season
• Team’s leading scorer: #22 B. Tatupu-Leopoldo, 16.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #35 W. Fieldsted, 8.8 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #33 J. Cui, 2.1 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #35 W. Fieldsted, 1.8 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #42 U. Tonga, .27 bpg
BYU leads the series 2-0. In the previous two meetings, the Cougars captured a 101-51 victory on Dec. 3, 2010 and an 88-27 win on Nov. 29, 2011. Both games were played on the BYU-Hawaii campus.
About No. 20 Oregon State
Oregon State has compiled a 3-0 record to date, recording home wins over Portland, Utah State and Concordia. In the Tom Weston Invitational, the Beavers play Butler on Thanksgiving Day prior to battling the Cougars on Saturday.
Oregon State returns nine letterwinners including all five of its starters from last year’s team that compiled a 24-11, 13-5 record and tied for second in the Pac-12. Oregon State played in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In this year’s Pac-12 race, the Beavers were picked to finish third.
Four Oregon State players are putting up double digits in scoring, led by 15.7 points from Ruth Hamblin - who nearly gets a double double as she pulls down 9.7 boards per game. Sydney Wiese follows with 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds, while teammate Ali Gibson contributes 10.7 points and 5.3 boards. Rounding out the double figure scoring is Deven Hunter who tallies 10.7 points and pulls down 5.3 boards per game. The Beavers average 88.0 points a game, shoot 48 percent from the field, 67 percent from the free-throw line and 39 percent from behind the arc.
• Head coach: Scott Rueck (Oregon State, 1991) 4th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #44 R. Hamblin, 15.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #44 R. Hamblin, 9.7 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #24 S. Wiese, 6.7 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #14 A. Gibson, 3.0 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: #44 R. Hamblin, 3.7 bpg
Oregon State leads the series 5-4. The two team have not played since the 2000-01 season when the two met in the first round of the postseason WNIT. In that matchup, BYU recorded the 78-63 win in Corvallis. When the two teams play on a neutral court, the record is 1-1.
After the three games the team will play in Laie, the Cougar women return to Provo for two games. They host MWC foes UNLV on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Smith Fieldhouse and then host Colorado State at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6. Both of the games will air live on BYUtv and will be simulcast on BYU Radio.