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Jack Urquhart | Posted: 7 Feb 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jack Urquhart

Eaton and Bailey combine for 44 as BYU wins fifth straight


PROVO, Utah Lexi Eaton poured in 24 points and Morgan Bailey scored 20 as BYU women's basketball beat Loyola Marymount 74-59 Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.

"It was a nice win," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I thought we played really well in spurts. Morgan Bailey had her way in the post today. Lexi Eaton had a great week. I thought she played really well."

The win marks five in a row for the Cougars, and puts BYU (19-5, 11-2) all alone in second place in the West Coast Conference. The Lions are now 3-21, 1-12 in WCC.

Bailey recorded a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to her 20 points. The senior was perfect from the free-throw line, converting on all six attempts. Eaton pulled down eight boards in addition to her 24 points. Kylie Maeda and Makenzi Morrison led the team in assists, dishing out six each.

Eaton sparked the Cougars' offense, scoring the team's first six points on two 3-pointers. The junior guard went on to score 16 first-half points to lead all scorers.

BYU took its first double-digit lead halfway through the first half when Xojian Harry followed 3-pointers from Kristine Fuller and Eaton with a jumper in the lane. Harry's bucket put the Cougars up 22-11.

Bailey went to work for BYU in the last five minutes of the half. After scoring just two points in the first 15 minutes of the half, Bailey scored eight points in the last five minutes.

In the final seconds before the midway point, Kylie Maeda drove coast-to-coast and finished over two defenders to give BYU a 41-26 lead going into the locker room. The Cougars rode a 12-5 run over the last five minutes of the half to give themselves their largest lead up to that point.

The second half began with BYU extending its lead, jumping out to a 57-32 t advantage with just under fifteen minutes left in the game. With Eaton in foul trouble, the Lions fought back over the next ten minutes, cutting the Cougars' lead to 68-55 with five minutes left.

Bailey helped BYU hang on for the win, scoring the Cougars' last six points on two lay-ins in the post and a pair of free throws, securing the 74-59 victory.

BYU hits the road next week to take on St. Mary's on Thursday at 6 p.m PST. The game will be broadcast live on Live stats will be available on the BYU women's basketball schedule page

Postgame Notes

BYU led LMU 41-26 at the half after Kylie Maeda drove to the basket and scored a layup with four seconds left. The Cougars shot 50 percent in the first half. They went on to win 74-59, shooting 49 percent overall. The team is now 15-1 when leading at halftime.

After the first 20 minutes of action, BYU outrebounded LMU 24-10, nine of which were offensive rebounds. At the break, the Cougars had 12 second chance points. BYU won the rebounding battle 45-27 by the end of the game for the 13th time on the year.

The Cougars dished out 11 assists in the first half, compared to seven from the Lions. BYU ended up with the 20-12 advantage.

In the paint, the Cougars scored 34 points. The Lions had 24. BYU also scored four fast break points.


Lexi Eaton
Eaton scored 16 points in just the first 20 minutes, including three treys. She had 24 points and eight rebounds when she fouled out with 6:14 left in the second half. The points were game highs as were the three made treys.

Morgan Bailey
At halftime, Bailey had 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including five rebounds. She finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. From the charity stripe, Bailey was perfect, making all six attempts. The rebounds were game highs.

Kylie Maeda
Maeda dished out five assists in the first half alone. At the conclusion of the game, she had six assists and seven points. The assists tied for game highs.

Makenzi Morrison
Morrison had a well-rounded game with six rebounds, six assists, five points and two steals. The assists tied for game highs.

Xojian Harry
Harry scored eight points on 3 of 7 shooting, including two 3-pointers. She also grabbed five rebounds.

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Norma Bertoch | Posted: 3 Feb 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Norma Bertoch

At home for two this week


At home for two Thursday and Saturday

Notes for game vs. Loyola Marymount

Notes for game vs. Pepperdine

PROVO, Utah — Fresh off two huge road wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara, BYU women’s basketball is back home this week for two important league games.

The Cougar women (17-5, 9-2) host Pepperdine (6-16, 1-10) Thursday at 7 p.m., and Loyola Marymount (3-19, 1-10) Saturday at 2 p.m. Thursday’s game airs live on BYUtv, while Saturday’s game vs. LMU airs on

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About BYU
Lexi Eaton, a 5-foot-10 junior guard/forward combo, leads the Cougars in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game. She ranks third in rebounds, pulling down 6.1 boards a contest. Morgan Bailey, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, is in second place in scoring, tallying 18.5 points while leading the way in rebounding, averaging 10.8 boards per game. Bailey became BYU’s 26th player to eclipse 1,000 points in the USF game. The team’s assist leader is Kylie Maeda, who averages 4.2 assists a game.

BYU is averaging 68.1 points per game, while shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 69.8 percent at the free-throw line and 35.5 percent from 3-point land. In all but three games, (at LMU, vs. USF and at Gonzaga), BYU has dished out more assists than its opponents. Most recently, in the home game vs. SMC, both teams tied in the assists category with 11 each. The Cougars have recorded more rebounds in 11 contests to date, have a 13-1 mark when leading at the break and have scored at least 80 points in five games (most recent, a season-high 89 vs. Pacific).

The team has had four players score in double figures in three contests, (most recent at USF) and has had three players finish with double-digit points in seven (most recent vs. USD).

The combined 63 points from Lexi Eaton’s 32 and Morgan Bailey’s 31 points in the win over Pacific on Jan. 15 were the first in program history. No two players have ever scored 30-plus points each in the same game. Bailey has played all 40 minutes in five league games including the last three.

  • Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) 14th season
  • Team’s leading scorer: #21 L. Eaton, 19.8 ppg
  • Team’s leading rebounder: #41 M. Bailey, 10.8 rpg
  • Team’s assists leader: #15 K. Maeda, 4.2 apg
  • Team’s steals leader: #23 M. Morrison, 1.6 spg
  • Team’s blocks leader: #41, M. Bailey, .55 bpg

Pepperdine has compiled a 6-16, 1-10 record. Most recently, they dropped home games to Saint Mary’s and Pacific. The Waves are tied with LMU for last place in the most updated league standings.

Bria Richardson (15.3 ppg), Keitra Wallace (13.0 ppg), and Allie Green (11.7 ppg) are the three Pepperdine players scoring in double digits. Wallace also tops the leaderboard in the rebound category, grabbing 5.6 boards a game. The Waves are averaging 63.0 points a game, while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 30.2 from behind the arc and 72.4 percent from the free-throw line. 

• Head coach: Ryan Weisenberg (Cal Poly, 1997) 2nd Season
• Team’s leading scorer: #10 B. Richardson, 15.3 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: # 51 K. Wallace, 5.6 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #11 E. Shoushtari, 4.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: # 10 B. Richardson, 2.6 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: # 24 K. Pettepier and #44 K. Brockway, .59 bpg

Series History
BYU leads the series 9-2. When playing in Provo, Pepperdine is 0-5. Head coach Jeff Judkins has a perfect 8-1 mark vs. the Waves.

Last Meeting
The first meting between these two league foes was played in Malibu on Jan. 10. In that contest, the Cougars recorded an 84-78 victory behind perfect 3-point shooting from Makenzi Morrison. She broke the single-game school record in 3-point field goal percentage going 7 of 7 from behind the arc. Morrison finished the game with a career-high 25 points. Lexi Eaton also scored 20-plus points with 29. Morgan Bailey nearly had a double-double from a game-best 14 rebounds and nine points.

After being down by 10 with 10 minutes left in the first half, BYU went on a 8-0 run to close out the half with a 33-31 lead on a buzzer-beater by Kylie Maeda.

Pepperdine got within two until BYU went on a 6-0 run of its own to push it to 69-62 with 4:36 left. The Cougars had their largest lead of the night after Morrison made her sixth trey to make their lead 74-64.Despite a late push by Pepperdine, BYU held on to the 84-78 win with free throw shooting by Eaton and Maeda.

About LMU
Loyola Marymount enters this week’s league play with a 3-19, 1-10 record and will play at San Diego on Thursday prior to making the trip to Provo.   The Lions are on a three-game losing skid, having dropped home games vs. Saint Mary’s and Pacific.

Three players are tallying double digits in scoring for the Lions, led by 11.9 points from Leslie Lopez-Wood. Taylor Anderson follows with 11.6 points a contest. Rounding out the scoring threat for LMU is Emily Ben-Jumbo, who puts up 10.3 points a game. She, along with Anderson, tops the list in the rebound category, grabbing 6.0 boards each. LMU is averaging 65.5 points per game, while pulling down 36.5 rebounds. The team is shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the free-throw line. When shooting from behind the arc, the Lions shoot 30.2 percent.

• Head coach: Charity Elliott (SW Missouri State, 1992) Third Season
• Team’s leading scorer: #23 L. Lopez-Wood, 11.9 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #21 T. Anderson and #15 E. Ben-Jumbo, 6.0 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #21 T. Anderson, 2.6 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #20 S. Taylor, 1.3 spg
• Team’s blocks leader: # 20 S. Taylor, .95 bpg

Series History
BYU leads the series 9-1. LMU has an 0-3 mark when playing in Provo. Head coach Jeff Judkins has a 7-1 record against Loyola Marymount.

Last Meeting
The two WCC foes played each other in Los Angeles on Jan. 8, with the Cougars getting the 71-63 road win. Three BYU players recorded double digits in points led by a double-double from Morgan Bailey who scored game highs in points (22) and rebounds (16). Teammates Lexi Eaton and Makenzi Morrison also had double digits in points with 20 and 14, respectively.

BYU started off shooting the ball poorly, going 2 for 7 in the first seven minutes of the game. LMU capitalized on the off-shooting start and took a 16-5 lead with 12:51 left in the first half. Bailey made a layup, the last bucket of the first half, with 30 seconds remaining to bring the Cougars within five, 23-28 at halftime. The Cougars closed out the half on a 6-0 run, holding the Lions scoreless for the last three minutes.

In the second half, BYU came out strong offensively, taking its first double-digit lead, 61-51 with eight minutes left in the game.

Bailey powered in for a layup with 4:43 remaining in the game for a 63-56 Cougar lead. LMU kept it close towards the end, getting within three points with one minute left. Morrison sealed the game for BYU late, making four free throws and stealing the ball with 10 seconds left. 

Up Next
After playing two WCC games at home, BYU takes its second to last road trip, playing at Saint Mary’s and at Pacific on Feb. 12 and 14.  

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