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Gabby Stockard | Posted: 20 Feb 2021 | Updated: 6 Mar 2021
Gabby Stockard

BYU caps off perfect home season record with win over Portland

Gustin Shot vs. Portland 2020-21
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PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball capped off an undefeated home record on the 2020-21 season with a 75-68 victory over Portland on Saturday.

"I'm really proud of these girls," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "They fought through the game with their minds and bodies. We were driven on a few times tonight that I know we wouldn't have been driven on with fresh legs. I'm proud of them for sticking it out. Portland's a good team." 

BYU vs. Portland Final Box Score

BYU's (16-3, 12-2) win marked the first time the team has gone undefeated at home throughout an entire regular season since the 2015-16 campaign. The Cougars won all nine of their home matchups this season and have now won 16 consecutive games in the Marriott Center, dating back to January 2020. 

BYU shot 52% from the field against Portland (10-11, 7-8) as three different Cougars scored in double figures, including Shaylee Gonzales, who finished with a game-high 26 points, three assists, one steal and one rebound. Paisley Johnson Harding added 18 points and a team-high six assists while Lauren Gustin recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 17 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

BYU held the Pilots to 44% shooting, including 35% from beyond the arc. The Cougars were proficient in the paint, outscoring the Pilots 46-28 down low. 

Both teams started off with hot shooting from three, as the Pilots secured an early lead, 9-6, before either team scored a two-pointer. Harding’s two layups at the end of the first quarter gave BYU a 20-14 lead.

Portland quickly came back at the start of the second, going up 29-24 as the Cougars had a four-minute scoring drought. Portland then had their own three-minute scoring drought, as a stifling BYU defense allowed the Cougars to regain the lead and finish the half up 33-31.

Harding led BYU with 10 first half points, while Gustin had 10 boards and four assists at the break.

The Cougars began the second half in similar fashion to the first, with a 3-pointer from Harding. Gonzales made a layup to put BYU up 38-31 before a Portland triple brought the score to 38-34 for the Cougars. BYU then outscored Portland 19-13, fueled by eight points from Gustin and five from Gonzales, to finish the third quarter up 10, 57-47.

Portland made the first basket of the fourth quarter, but BYU answered, maintaining an 11-point lead thanks to Gonzales’ two jumpers and a 3-pointer. Portland fought back, however, as Pilot guard Haylee Andrews scored all 16 of her points in the final quarter to tighten things up.

BYU’s lead was cut to five, 68-63, with 1:45 remaining in regulation, before a driving layup by Gonzales gave the Cougars some breathing room. BYU extended its lead back to 10, 73-63, before Portland's Andrews made another triple to cut BYU’s lead to seven. Following a pair of free throws on both sides of the court in the final seconds, BYU came away with the 75-68 win.

The Cougars will close out the regular season with a pair of road matchups next week against Santa Clara and San Francisco. BYU will first take on the Broncos on Thursday, Feb. 25 on the WCC Network.

Player Notes

  • Gonzales led all scorers with 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting to go along with three assists, one rebound and one steal
  • Gustin tallied her 12th double-double of the season with 17 points, a game-high 16 rebounds, a career-high five assists and two steals
  • Harding filled the stat sheet with 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals
  • Tegan Graham scored eight points on 4 of 9 shooting off the bench while adding five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks
  • Sara Hamson had four rebounds, two points, one assist, one block and one steal

Team Notes

  • The Cougars’ sealed an undefeated home record this season (9-0) with the win over Portland. BYU has now won 16 consecutive games in the Marriott Center, dating back to January 2020
  • The Cougars’ win marked the first time the team has gone undefeated at home throughout an entire regular season since the 2015-16 campaign
  • BYU shot 52% from the floor, including 28% from three, while Portland shot at a 44% clip from the floor and 35% from distance
  • The Cougars dominated down low, scoring 46 points in the paint to the Pilots’ 28
  • BYU out-rebounded Portland 39-25
  • The Cougars dished out a season-high 23 assists to the Pilots’ 18 and had nine steals to Portland’s seven
  • The Pilots tallied 16 bench points to BYU’s 10 and had 12 fast break points to the Cougars’ seven
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Josh Carter | Posted: 19 Feb 2021 | Updated: 2 Mar 2021
Josh Carter

Cougars host Portland on Saturday

Gustin Shot vs. Gonzaga 2020-21

PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball gears up for its final home game of the season as it hosts Portland on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. MST. The matchup will be broadcast live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

The Cougars (15-3, 11-2) look to cap off an undefeated home record when it welcomes the Pilots (10-10, 7-7) into town. BYU is 8-0 in the Marriott Center this season and has won 15 straight games at home, dating back to the 2019-20 campaign. The Cougars’ last home loss came by way of Portland on Jan. 4, 2020.

BYU vs. Portland Game Notes

ABOUT BYU (15-3, 11-2)

  • The Cougars are coming off an emotional 61-56 win over No. 16 Gonzaga in the Marriott Center on Thursday, snapping the Bulldogs’ 17-game winning streak
  • BYU remains in second place in the WCC standings, 1.5 games back from Gonzaga and 1.5 games ahead of third place San Diego
  • Lauren Gustin is currently the nation’s second-leading rebounder (12.7 rpg). The sophomore forward is on pace to secure the fifth-highest single-season rebound average in program history
  • Sara Hamson leads the WCC in blocks per game (2.8) and ranks 13th nationally in the category. Hamson’s 386 career blocks is the most among active players in the NCAA
  • Shaylee Gonzales is the WCC’s second-leading scorer (17.7 ppg) and leads the team in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (2.6 spg)
  • Following Gonzales, Paisley Johnson Harding (13.4 ppg), Gustin (12.0 ppg) and Tegan Graham (8.0 ppg) round out BYU’s top four scorers
  • As a team, the Cougars lead the WCC in field goal percentage defense (.349), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.288) and defensive rebounds per game (27.2). BYU ranks 15th nationally in field goal percentage defense and 26th in assists per game (16.7)

ABOUT PORTLAND (10-10, 7-7)

  • The Pilots fell to San Diego on Thursday 66-59 and currently sit in sixth place in the WCC standings
  • Sophomore forward Alex Fowler and junior guard Haylee Andrews are both averaging 15.6 points per game to pace Portland in scoring
  • Fowler also leads the Pilots in rebounds (7.8 rpg), steals (1.6 spg) and blocks (0.7 bpg)
  • Andrews is the WCC’s assist leader with a 5.4 assist-per-game average. She currently ranks 12th in the country in total assists (102)
  • Following Fowler and Andrews, senior guard Maddie Muhlheim (8.1 ppg) and freshman guard Emme Shearer (6.5 ppg) round out Portland’s top four scorers
  • As a team, the Pilots rank 10th nationally in total assists (351) and steals (204). Portland leads the WCC in assists per game (17.6) and ranks second in the conference in steals per game (10.2)
  • Last season, Portland won the WCC Tournament after defeating top-seeded Gonzaga in the semifinals and San Diego in the championship game


  • BYU holds a 25-5 all-time series advantage over the Pilots
  • The Cougars are 11-3 when playing Portland in the Marriott Center
  • Saturday’s matchup will be the first this season between the two teams, as the Jan. 21 contest scheduled to take place in Portland was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols
  • Last season, BYU and the Pilots split the season series. The Cougars won the most recent matchup 66-54 on the road


BYU will close out the regular season with a pair of road matchups next week against Santa Clara and San Francisco. The Cougars will first take on the Broncos on Thursday, Feb. 25 on the WCC Network.