Team effort leads BYU to 90-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville
PROVO, Utah – 13 players on the BYU women’s basketball team scored points in a dominant 90-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Thursday night at the Marriott Center.
"I'm happy that everybody tonight got to play. A lot of them worked hard to get that opportunity, especially the two walk-ons, to be able to score," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I'm sure that's a dream for them to be able to play in a game and get an opportunity to score a basket. It was good to see the girls execute what we're were trying to do and not go off on their own and do their own thing. The starting group started the game really well defensively and shot the ball from outside very well."
Babalu Ugwu’s career-best 12 points led all scorers while Brenna Chase Drollinger and Signe Glantz each recorded nine. Paisley Johnson, Jasmine Moody and Shalae Salmon tallied eight apiece. Sara Hamson grabbed 13 rebounds and Maria Albiero led the team with six assists.
The Cougars jumped to an early 11-0 lead as Johnson buried a pair of 3-pointers and Drollinger added a trey and layup, forcing the Javelinas to take a timeout with 8:13 on the clock.
Jasmine Moody added a bucket of her own after the timeout before the game slowed down and went scoreless for two and a half minutes. TAMUK ended the drought with a trey to bring the score to 13-3, but BYU continued to stay strong offensively and held a 23-3 advantage after the first period.
The Javelinas added another bucket from beyond the arc with 8:22 remaining in the first half but were unable to slow down the BYU offense as baskets by Salmon and Albiero helped extend the BYU lead to 32-6.
Both teams hit a 3-pointer to close out the first half as the Cougars took a 44-17 advantage into the locker room after shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. 11 different players saw time on the court in the first half with all providing at least one point.
Drollinger got the first basket of the second half to start BYU on a 9-3 run to bring the lead to 33 points, 53-20. A pair of free-throws by Johnson was followed with jumpers by Salmon and Moody to give the Cougars a 59-23 advantage.
The TAMUK cut into the deficit with back-to-back buckets near the end of the third quarter but Ugwu recorded the final bucket of the period as BYU had a 71-29 lead.
In the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, Glantz led the way with five points off a pair of baskets from the charity stripe and a trey while the Javelinas scored nine to bring the score to 81-38. The Cougars ended the game with a nine-point run that included baskets by four different players.
BYU hits the road to take on Fresno State on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. MST.
- BYU held TAMUK to just 38 points, the lowest score by an opponent since Santa Clara had 34 on Feb. 8, 2018.
- In the first half, the Cougars shot 46.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range. BYU finished the game shooting 47.9 percent, including 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
- The Cougars held the Javelinas to just 26.4 percent shooting for the game and 23.3 percent from behind the arc.
- BYU outscored TAMUK in the paint 16-0 in the first half and had 24 bench points to the Javelinas’ six. BYU finished the game with 36 points in the paint to TAMUK four, and had 53 bench points to the Javelinas’ 11.
- The Cougars won the rebounding battle in the first period, 30-11. They finished the game with 58 rebounds while the Javelinas had 20.
- In assists, BYU dished out 27 for the game while TAMUK had nine.
- Babalu Ugwu led the team in scoring with a career-high 12 points on six of nine shooting. She also added five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
- Brenna Drollinger went into the locker room with a team-high seven points in the first half. She finished the game with nine points on four of eight shooting while adding two rebounds and two assists.
- Sara Hamson pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds in the first half and finished the game with a season-high 13. She also had five points, a team-high two blocks and two steals on the night.
- Signe Glantz had a career-high nine points while adding five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- Paisley Johnson filled the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Kaylee Smiler finished the game with six points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
- 14 different Cougars checked into the game with 13 of them scoring.
Cougar women play home opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville, Thursday
PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball looks to bounce back from a road loss at Washington State, as it returns home for its home opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville.
The game tips off at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 14, and will be carried live on the BYUtv App.
- BYU is 0-1 on the year after a disappointing 67-50, loss at Washington State on Nov. 9.
- With 393 total wins, head coach Jeff Judkins is the all-time winningest men’s or women’s BYU basketball head coach. He needs seven wins to reach 400 victories, a coaching milestone
- Senior Jasmine Moody has the most playing experience on this year’s team (98 total games)
- The Cougars return 10 letterwinners and three starters, while adding five newcomers and one redshirt freshman
- Junior guard Paisley Johnson leads the team in scoring with a 19.0 average; senior forward Jasmine Moody tops the leaderboard in rebounds, pulling down 8.0 per game; freshman Leilani Otuafi leads the way in assists with a 4.0 average
- After finishing second in last year’s West Coast Conference race and winning the WCC tournament crown, BYU was selected to finish second in the conference race
- Three Cougar players were named to the 2019-20 Preseason All-WCC Team; Brenna Chase Drollinger, Paisley Johnson and Sara Hamson
- In the USA Today Sports Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll, BYU received 10 votes and is playing three teams that are in the top-25 poll. Cougar opponent Boise State received 12 votes
ABOUT TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE
- Texas A&M Kingsville comes to Provo with a 1-1 record after a 63-57 victory over Chadron State and a 65-37 loss at Black Hills State. They also played an exhibition contest losing 85-55 to Prairie View.
- This is the first meeting between the Cougars and Javelinas
- The Javelinas were picked to finish 13th in the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll; there are 18 schools in the league
- Senior guard Brynae Thompson tops the stats in points for TA&MK with a 23.0 average; teammate and junior forward Anastacia Mickens grabs a team-best 8.0 rebounds per contest; junior guard Ravae Payne is the assist leader with a 4.5 average
This will be the first meeting between the two women’s basketball programs
UP NEXT FOR BYU
After the home contest vs. Texas A&M Kingsville, the Cougar team takes its second road trip of the season to Fresno, California to take on the Bullldogs. The game will be played on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. PT in the Save Mart Center.