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Cougars fall to Huskies 80-72 on the road
SEATTLE — Despite 22 points from Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee, BYU women’s basketball fell to Washington 80-72 on Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
"We didn’t start the game out as well as we should have," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We gave them too many easy baskets and we didn’t play defensively like we should. They got us out of our rhythm. We had our opportunities late in the game to give us a chance, but we couldn’t get it done. We need to play a lot better on the road."
Along with Devashrayee’s 22 points, Brenna Chase and Liz Eaton both scored 12 points apiece, while Shalae Salmon recorded a game-high 15 rebounds.
Washington (1-1) opened the game with a 3-pointer by Khayla Rooks, giving the Huskies the early 3-0 advantage. Malia Nawahine and Devashrayee then hit back-to-back treys to give BYU (1-1) the 6-5 lead. Washington countered with a 7-0 run midway through the first quarter to go up by six, 12-6.
At the 3:08 mark, Jasmine Moody scored the first Cougar basket in five minutes to bring BYU within four, 12-8. Washington increased its lead to eight, but Eaton hit a 3-pointer to cut the Husky lead to three, 20-17, going into the second quarter.
After the Huskies took the 26-20 lead, Devashrayee drained an 18-footer to make the score 26-22. Washington made two 3-point field goals to extend its lead to six, 34-28, going into a media timeout.
Devashrayee hit her second 3-point field goal of the game with 4:29 to go in the second quarter. The senior then went 2 of 2 from the foul line to bring the Cougars within three, 38-35.
The Huskies scored four straight points, before Nawahine and Devashrayee went 4 of 4 from the free throw line to keep the Cougars within three, 42-39.
Chase stopped Washington’s 5-0 run, as the sophomore knocked down a 3-pointer to cut into the Husky lead. Washington led 49-42 going into the halftime break.
The Huskies began the third quarter outscoring the Cougars 11 to 6. Devashrayee put an end to the Washington run, as she knocked in her third 3 of the contest, bringing the Cougars within nine, 60-51. The Huskies then logged their largest lead of the game, 67-51, and forced a Cougar timeout.
Devashrayee and Eaton scored back-to-back hoops to stop the Washington run and bring BYU within 14, 72-58, to end the third quarter.
At the 8-minute mark, Chase found Salmon for the layup to make the score 72-60. On the next play, Chase stole the ball on the inbounds pass and scored to put BYU within 10, 72-62.
After three missed foul shots by the Cougars, a free throw by Chase put BYU within nine with 4:29 to go. Paisley Johnson then drained a 3 to bring BYU within six, 76-70, with 37 second left in the game.
BYU women’s basketball will continue its Washington road trip as the Cougars will play Eastern Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:00 p.m. PST. Links to live stats and video can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.
BYU Post Game Notes at Washington
At halftime, BYU was down by seven, 49-42. The Cougars cut the lead to six, 76-70 with under a minute left in the game off a 3-pointer from freshman Paisley Johnson from nearby Everett, Washington. But that was as close as BYU would get, eventually losing the contest to the Huskies by eight, 80-72.
BYU led the rebound battle in the first half with 21 rebounds to Washington’s 16. The Cougars finished the contest with five more boards, 43 to 38.
In assists, the Cougars had dished out nine through the half, compared with seven for the Huskies. For the game, BYU ended with two more assists than Washington, 15 to 13.
BYU had the advantage in second chance points after 20 minutes of action with 12 points to Washington’s nine. The Cougars tallied 20 second chance points compared to 12 for the Huskies.
The Huskies had five steals in the first half while the Cougars had just two. Washington finished the game with three more steals, 11 to eight.
Both teams shot well from the free throw line in the first half. Washington made all eight attempts with BYU missing just one, going 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. For the game, BYU shot 64.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Huskies shot 69.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Through the first half of action, Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led the Cougars with 12 points, going 4 of 4 from the free-throw line and dishing out three assists. Devashrayee finished the game with a game-high 22 points for her 37th double-digit performance and the 16th 20-plus point contest of her career. She also tied game-highs in assists with four.
In the rebound category, Shalae Salmon had the most in the first half with seven boards. She also had four points and one block. Salmon finished the game with game highs in rebounds with 15 and in blocks with three. She also tallied eight points.
Brenna Chase picked up her second straight game with double figures in points with 12 and tied for game highs in assists with four. She also had a game-best five steals.
Liz Eaton came off the bench contributing eight points in the first 20 minutes of action. She finished the game with her first career double figure game in points with 12, shooting 5 of 8 from the field and made both 3s she attempted.
Cougar women at Washington and Eastern Washington in first road trip of the year
PROVO, Utah— After a 75-67 overtime win vs. SUU, BYU women’s basketball (1-0) takes its first road trip of the 2017-18 campaign. The Cougars head to Seattle to take on Washington (0-1) on Wed., Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., PST. They then head to Spokane to battle Eastern Washington (0-1) on Fri. Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. PST.
BYU at Eastern Washington Game Notes
Both games will have live video stream with links on the women’s basketball schedule page at byucougars.com.
The Cougars are led in scoring by senior guard Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee who is averaging 25.0 points per game. In rebounds, sophomore forward Shalae Salmon leads the way with 17.0 boards a contest, while also having the most steals on the team with three. Graduate and University of Utah transfer Malia Nawahine tops the list in assists with a 5.0 average.
In the overtime win against the Thunderbirds, four players tallied double digits in scoring: Devashrayee (25), Nawahine (19), Salmon (12) and Brenna Chase (10). Salmon picked up her first double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
BYU returns two starters, six letterwinners and welcomes eight newcomers to the program this year. Only five players back this season saw significant playing time last year.
Earlier this month, the Cougars were picked to finish third in the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. Reigning WCC Player of the Year Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee was named to the 10-member 2017-18 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team.
BYU finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 20-12 record for the 11th overall and eighth straight 20-plus win season. In league play, the Cougars tied for second place with Saint Mary’s with identical 13-5 marks. For the second straight season, BYU finished conference play undefeated at home. The team also extended its season by competing in the first round of the WNIT.
BYU Stat Leaders
Scoring: #20 C. Devashrayee (25.0 ppg)
Rebounding: #03 S. Salmon (17.0 rpg)
Assists: #10 M. Nawahine (5.0 apg)
Steals: #03 Salmon (3.0bpg)
Blocks: #03 S. Salmon/10 Nawahine (3.0 bpg)
The Washington Huskies opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 79-59 loss at home to Idaho State.
Washington returns just one starter and six letterwinners from last year’s team that compiled a 29-6, 15-3 record. They finished third in the Pac-12 and played in the Third Round of the NCAA tournament. The 29 wins last year were a program record.
Six newcomers are also on this year’s squad with head coach Jody Wynn, in her first season at the helm of the Huskies program.
In this year’s Pac-12 race, Washington was selected to finish in 12th place in the coaches’ poll.
WASHINGTON Stat Leaders
Scoring: #11 K. Collier (11.0 ppg)
Rebounding: #22 K. Rooks (5.0 rpg)
Assists: #24 J. Moser (4.0 apg)
Steals: #24 J. Moser (3.0 bpg)
Washington leads the overall series 6-5. When playing in Seattle, BYU has a 1-1 record. Head coach Jeff Judkins is 1-2 versus the Huskies.
In last year’s meeting in Provo on Dec., 22, the visiting Washington team won 82-70.
ABOUT EASTER WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington opened the 2017-18 season on the road with an 81-56 loss at Fresno State. They are at Air Force on Tuesday before hosting BYU on Friday.
The Eagles compiled a 19-14, 12-6 record last year, finishing fourth in the Big Sky Conference. They also played in the second round of the WBI.
Eastern Washington returns three starters, nine letterwinners and also welcomes four newcomers. In this year’s Big Sky Conference race, the team was picked to finish in seventh place by the league’s coaches.
Wendy Schuller, who is in her 16th season at the helm of the Eagles, has compiled a 237-245 record.
Eastern Washington is the second of three teams the Cougars will play this year from the Big Sky Conference. They hosted Southern Utah on Nov. 10 and are at Northern Colorado at the end of the month.
EASTERN WASHINGTON Stat Leaders
Scoring: #04 D. Hodgins (28.0 ppg)
Rebounding: #04 D. Hodgins (10.0 rpg)
Assists: #11 A. Hartleroad (3.0 apg)
Steals: #04 D. Hodgins (7.0 ppg)
Blocks: #04 Hodgins/#22 Klaman (1.0)
BYU leads the overall series 3-1. In Provo, BYU has a 2-1 advantage. This will be the first time that the Cougars have played in Cheney at Reese Court. Head coach Jeff Judkins is 1-0 vs., the Eagles. The last time these two schools played, BYU won 77-58 in Provo on Nov. 26, 2011.
The Cougar women return home next week for two home games. BYU hosts Utah Valley University on Tues., Nov. 21, in an 11 a.m., tip for the annual Kids’ Game. They then battle Georgia on Sat., Nov. 25. That game tips off at 2 p.m., from the Marriott Center.