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Tatiana Littlefield | Posted: 25 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Tatiana Littlefield

Cougars fall in NCAA second round to Stanford


STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 7-seed BYU women’s basketball team fell 72-63 to No. 2 Stanford in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Monday night at Maples Pavilion.

BYU vs. Stanford Box Score

"I am very proud of my team and I felt like they came out with a lot of fight and did the things we needed to do," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We just had one bad quarter and against a great team like Stanford you can’t afford to do that. I am just really proud of them. We are young and this is something we have been working hard for. It’s just a start for us and we will continue to get better. Stanford is a very good team, very seasoned and well coached. Someday that is where we are going to be. There is no doubt in my mind."

Shaylee Gonzales led BYU (26-7) with a career-best 32 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Paisley Johnson contributed 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

In the first quarter, BYU started strong, with Johnson scoring on a fast break to give the Cougars the first basket of the game, then using a 7-0 run to take a 15-11 advantage after the end of the quarter.

Johnson scored a trey to kick off the second quarter, but Stanford (30-4) answered with nine-straight points to take a 20-18 lead with 6:50 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by the Cardinal gave them a 28-27 lead and as the time ran out a jumper kept Stanford on top by two going into halftime, 31-29.

The third quarter started as a 3-point showdown. Gonzales hit back-to-back treys and the first three buckets for the Cardinal were all from beyond the arc for a 40-35 Stanford advantage. Stanford ran away in the final minutes of the period as the Cougars were only able to score one more trey by Jasmine Moody and trailed by 15 going into the fourth quarter.

As the Cardinal continued to dominate on their offensive end of the court, Brenna Chase scored a pair of 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 61-48.

The BYU defense grabbed three steals in a row to cut the lead to single digits, 69-58, with just over a minute to play; however, Stanford secured its win from the free throw line.

On the game, the Cougars shot 38.5 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3 and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinal recorded 41.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 42.1 percent from the charity stripe.

BYU Postgame Quotes from Locker Room

BYU Press Conference

Postgame Notes 


 With the 72-63 loss to Stanford, BYU women’s basketball finishes its season with a 26-7 record. It is head coach Jeff Judkins’ 12th 20+win season while at the helm of the women’s program.

The Cougars pulled down 26 rebounds in the first half to the Cardinal’s 25. For the game, Stanford got the advantage grabbing 43 to BYU’s 40.

BYU shot 38.5 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line.

For the sixth time on the year, BYU finished the game with two players scoring in double figures. Shaylee Gonzales (32) and Paisley Johnson (11)


Freshman Shaylee Gonzales had a career- and game-high 32 points. She had 15 of those in the first half for her second-highest of the season. On the game, she recorded her ninth game with 20+points and the first with 30+ points.

Sophomore Paisley Johnson finished the game with 11 points for her 29th game with 10+points. She grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists.

Junior Brenna Chase had a team-best three assists along with eight points and two steals.

Senior Jasmine Moody came off the bench scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds.

Norma Bertoch | Posted: 24 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Norma Bertoch

Cougar women play host Stanford in Second Round of NCAA Championships


STANFORD, Calif. With a 73-64 victory over Auburn, BYU women’s basketball (26-6) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Cougars will play No. 2 seed Stanford (29-4) Monday, Mar. 25, at 8 p.m. PT at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus. The game will be carried live on ESPN2 and on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, with an audio stream on Locally in Utah, the game can be heard on 107.9 FM and on 89.1 FM HD2.



  • For the fourth time in program history, BYU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships. The win over Auburn improved the Cougars record in the tournament to 6-12. This year’s invitation is the ninth under head coach Jeff Judkins.
  • The Cougars made the tournament as the automatic qualifier by beating No. 12/14 Gonzaga 82-68 in the West Coast Conference Championship. It was BYU’s third WCC tournament title.
  • This week the Cougars received 24 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. They entered the AP Poll on Jan. 28 and fell out of the top 25 the week of Feb. 4.
  • On the year, BYU has a 19-1 record when leading at the half; is 23-3 when making at least 5 treys; is 16-2 when dishing out more assists; and is 13-1 when it pulls down more rebounds than its opponents.
  • Freshman Shaylee Gonzales, who has scored in double-digits in 30 games, leads the team in scoring and assists with 16.5 and 4.2 averages, respectively. Sophomore Paisley Johnson contributes 14.6 points while junior Brenna Chase puts up 12.9 points a contest. Chase leads in steals (2.2 spg). Sophomore center Sara Hamson leads the team in rebounding (5.9) and blocks (2.9). Senior forward Jasmine Moody places third in rebounding with a 5.2 average. 
  • The Cougars enter Monday’s game vs. Stanford on a nine-game win streak. BYU is averaging 69.3 points and 37.9 rebounds a game. It holds opponents to just 62.8 points per contest. The Cougars are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from behind the arc and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line.
  • The series history is tied at 2-2 between these two teams. BYU is 2-1 when playing at Stanford. The last time the two played in Maples Pavilion was on Nov. 13, 2006, when the foes were competing in the Preseason WNIT. In that matchup, BYU recorded the 55-52 victory.
  • During the 2018-19 season, BYU and Stanford played four common opponents. Stanford beat San Francisco, lost to Gonzaga in Spokane, split the Pac-12 series with Cal and lost to Utah in Salt Lake City. BYU swept the series vs. San Francisco and Gonzaga and lost in Provo to Cal and in Salt Lake City to Utah.


  • Stanford is ranked sixth in the nation and is a No. 2 seed in the Chicago Regional. The Cardinal has compiled a 29-4 record on the year after picking up a 79-54 first round victory over UC Davis on Saturday.
  • The Cardinal is making its 32nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament where it has an 87-30 all-time record.
  • Stanford is averaging 74.9 points and 40.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 70.8 percent from the free-throw line.


A win over Stanford would send the Cougars in to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships with games beginning Saturday, Mar. 30 in Chicago.