BYU beats CBU 76-69 in the final day of the SDSU Thanksgiving Classic
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Four Cougars scored in double figures as BYU women’s basketball won its fourth consecutive game in a 76-69 victory over California Baptist Saturday in the SDSU Thanksgiving Classic.
“We didn’t play one of our best nights, but I was happy to get the win tonight,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Shale Salmon had one of the best offensive games in her career and Paisley Johnson had a great tournament as well. We have to learn to play better together.”
Salmon, Johnson and Shaylee Gonzales all had career-highs in points with 19, 20 and 22, respectively. Chase was the other Cougar in double digits with 11 points. Gonzales also had her first double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high eight assists. Johnson and Gonzales were both named to the SDSU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team.
BYU struggled to shoot the ball in the first quarter, making just 4 of 14 shots for 29 percent shooting. CBU, on the other hand, made four of its eight 3-point attempts to take a 20-13 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Cougars missed four consecutive shots early in the second quarter to allow the Lancers to open their first double-digit lead of the game, 25-15. BYU then turned around and made four shots in a row to bring them within four, 27-23. Gonzales hit her second 3-pointer to cap off a 7-0 BYU run to take the team's first lead of the quarter, 31-30, and put Gonzales in double digits with 10.
BYU’s defense forced four CBU turnovers in the final minutes of the first half to take a 36-33 lead into the break. Gonzales led BYU in points, rebounds and assists with 14, seven and four. Chase led the defense with a game-high three steals in the first half. Salmon added eight points and five rebounds. BYU’s 23 points in the second quarter were the most for a single quarter this season.
Johnson hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and put her in double digits with 10 points. Gonzales hit another 3-pointer to give her a career-high three makes from distance, but CBU fired back with one of its own to tie the game at 42 midway through the third quarter. The Lancers stayed hot from behind the arc, making their 11th three to go up, 50-46, with 4:26 left in the third quarter.
Salmon contributed well on offense for the Cougars in the third quarter, tying her career-high of 14 points with three minutes remaining. She then set a new career-high of 15 on a free throw just seconds later. Johnson hit two jumpers in the final minute to bring BYU within three, 58-55, heading into the final quarter.
Chase reached double figures early in the fourth quarter with 10 points. The game remained close throughout the period, but BYU used a 6-0 run to take a 71-66 lead in the final minute. Gonzales and Johnson both reached new career highs in points in the final quarter with 21 and 19, respectively. CBU was forced to foul in the final seconds, and the Cougars made their free throws to secure the victory.
BYU remains on the road traveling to Cedar City to take on SUU Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Postgame Notes vs. California Baptist University
- With the 76-69 win over California Baptist, BYU improved to 5-1 on the season. It is the best start since the team went 9-0 to start the 2013-14 season.
- In the win, the Cougars shot 40 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
- For the third time on the year, BYU had four players who finished scoring in double figures. Shaylee Gonzales (22), Paisley Johnson (20), Shalae Salmon (19), Brenna Chase (11).
- The Cougars grabbed 24 boards in the first half compared with 14 for the Lancers. BYU finished with the advantage in rebounds with 42 to CBU’s 35.
- In assists, BYU finished with 18, compared with 17 for CBU. In steals, the Cougars also led the way with seven, while the Lancers got five in the contest.
- Freshman Shaylee Gonzales led all scorers in the first half with 14 points while also pulling down seven rebounds. She had dished out four assists. For the game, Gonzales recorded the first double-double of her career from her team-high 22 points and team-best 10 rebounds. She nearly had a triple-double with a game-high eight assists.
- Brenna Chase scored 11 points, dished out four assists and had a game-high three steals.
- Shalae Salmon had eight points and five rebounds at the break. She concluded the game with a career-best 19 points along with seven rebounds and one assist.
- Paisley Johnson had seven points in the first half and finished with a new career-high 20 points. She also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded one block and one steal.
BYU plays TCU and Cal Baptist in Thanksgiving Classic hosted by San Diego State
PROVO, Utah— BYU (3-1) spends the Thanksgiving holiday in San Diego competing in the San Diego State Thanksgiving Classic. The Cougars play TCU (3-0) Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:15 p.m. PST and Cal Baptist (1-3) Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. PST.
- The Cougars are 3-1 on the year after a come-from-behind 62-57 overtime win at Utah State Tuesday.
- BYU is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the 3-point line and 72.1 percent when shooting from the free throw line.
- The Cougars have three players putting up double-digit points in games with a team-best 16.3 points from freshman Shaylee Gonzales. Junior Brenna Chase follows with 14.0 points and sophomore Paisley Johnson contributes 13.0 points a contest.
- Johnson leads the way in rebounding with a 7.3 average; in assists, Chase tops the stat sheet dishing out 6.3 assists per game; Gonzales and Chase get 2.5 steals per contest.
- BYU was selected to finish third in the 2018-19 West Coast Conference race, while Chase and Sara Hamson were named to the Preseason ALL-WCC Team.
- The team boasts a young squad with 11 underclassmen and just two returning starters.
- TCU enters the Thanksgiving Classic with a 3-0 record, picking up wins over Duquesne, Mississippi Valley State and SMU.
- The Horned Frogs return all five starters from last year’s team that went 23-13 and advanced to the WNIT Semifinals.
- TCU was selected fourth in the Big-12 preseason poll. Senior Amy Okonkwo made the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.
- The Horned Frogs average 74. 0 points and 41.0 rebounds a game.
- California Baptist returns five letterwinners including three starters from a squad that compiled a 17-12 record.
- CBU was picked to finish eighth in the WAC.
- The Lancers have compiled a 1-3 record with a win over Long Beach State.
- CBU is currently scoring 73.8 points per contest and pulling down 42.5 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR BYU
The Cougar women continue their nonconference portion of the 2018-19 campaign on the road. They are at Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and at Utah Valley on Thursday, Nov. 29.