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BYU women fall to No. 24 Cal on the road
BERKELEY, Calif. — BYU women’s basketball fell to Cal 70-45 on Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion.
"We got outplayed in every part of the game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We didn't adjust well are do what we needed to make stops, but I thought we played a good second quarter."
Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led BYU (4-6) with 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds, while Shalae Salmon had eight points on 4 of 5 shooting.
Cal (8-2) jumped out to the early 7-0 lead, forcing an early Cougar timeout with 7:12 on the clock. Amanda Wayment gave BYU its first points of the game at the 6:26 mark, making the score 7-2.
The Bears then held the Cougars scoreless for almost three minutes before Malia Nawahine knocked down a 3-pointer to bring BYU within ten, 15-5. Cal took the 22-5 lead into the second quarter.
After Cal extended its lead to 19, 30-11, Devashrayee and Brenna Chase scored back-to-back buckets to make the score 30-16. Both teams went cold as halftime approached, with Cal going 1 of 12 to end the half.
The Bears led the Cougars by 14, 35-21, at the break. BYU outscored Cal 16 to 13 in the second quarter.
Cal started the third quarter on a 15-2 run, with BYU’s lone basket coming from Sara Hamson. At the 2:33 mark, Paisley Johnson drained a 3-pointer for the Cougars’ second bucket of the quarter, making the score 51-26.
Salmon scored two quick layups in the post to start the fourth quarter for the Cougars. The sophomore’s back-to-back buckets brought BYU within 25, 60-35.
At the 4:58 mark, Salmon scored again in the paint, giving her eight points for the game. The Cougars outscored the Bears 14 to 12 in the fourth quarter.
BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center to play Montana State on Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. MT in its last nonconference game. The contest will be televised on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio.
Postgame Notes at Cal
In the first half of play, BYU pulled down 20 rebounds compared to 27 for the Cal Bears. For the game, the Cougars finished with 36 to the Bears 55.
As a team, the Cougars recorded five blocks in the first two quarters, while the Bears did not have any. BYU would finish with eight blocks, with Cal tallying two.
For the game, the Cougars shot 31 percent from the field, and a low of 14 percent from behind the arc and 33 percent from the free throw line.
The five points scored in the first period are the least by BYU in the first 10 minutes of action this season. In the road game at CSU, the Cougars also scored a low of five points in the second quarter.
Cal dished out 10 assists in the first half to BYU’s four. The game concluded with 12 assists for the Cougars and a total of 18 assists for the Bears.
The Cal Bears tallied four steals in the first half while the Cougars had just one. For the game, each team finished with seven.
BYU outscored Cal 28 to 22 in points in the paint.
Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led the BYU team in the first 20 minutes of play with seven points along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. She finished with her 45th game with double-digit points with 10. The points were team bests while also leading the way in both rebounds and in steals with eight and three, respectively. The steals were game highs.
Sara Hamson came off the bench recording four blocks in the first half. Hamson finished the game with a game-high six blocks while pulling down six rebounds and scoring four points.
Shalae Salmon tied for team highs in rebounds with four while tallying two points in the first 20 minutes. For the game she grabbed six rebounds and contributing eight points.
Liz Eaton came off the bench tallying seven points, pulling down three boards and dishing out two assists.
On the road at Cal Saturday
PROVO, Utah — With a 4-5 record on the season, BYU women’s basketball takes its final nonconference road trip this week. The Cougar women play at Cal (7-2) on Sat., Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. PST. The game can be heard live on BYU Radio and will have an online video stream on the Pac-12 Network.
The Cougars snapped a four-game losing streak with the 77-68 home win over Utah on Saturday. In that game, Cassie Devashrayee had a career-high 36 points while shooting 18 of 22 from the free- throw line. The attempted free throws rank second in the NCAA this season. Sara Hamson came off the bench to record a near double-double from nine blocks and nine rebounds, both career bests for the freshman center.
California has compiled a 7-2 record so far this year most recently defeating Pacific in Stockton on Sunday. The Bears also beat WCC foes Santa Clara, San Diego and Saint Mary’s
In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Cal was ranked No. 25 in the preseason poll and then moved up to the No. 23 spot on Nov. 20. Since then, it has dropped out of the Top-25 but continues to receive votes.
The Cal Bears lead the overall series 3-0 with BYU having a 0-1 record when playing in Berkeley.
BYU returns home for one final nonconference contest. The Cougars host Montana State on Fri., Dec. 22 in a 2 p.m. tip off. The game will be carried live on BYUtv.