Big third quarter propels Cougars in opening night victory
PROVO, Utah – Tegan Graham scored a BYU-best 18 points and Lauren Gustin posted a double-double in BYU women’s basketball’s season-opening victory over Lipscomb 81-58 on Tuesday evening at the Marriott Center.
The Cougars scored 32 in the third quarter and shot 40.3 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the three-point line for the game. BYU scored 18 points on 17 turnovers and outrebounded the Bison 55-33. BYU also dominated the paint, outscoring Lipscomb 26-8.
“I think you saw tonight what this team can do offensively,” said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins, entering his 21st season at the helm. “We shot the three, we got the ball inside and we went to the basket. There is a lot we can get better at, but this is a fun team, and they can score really quick.”
Graham, a graduate senior guard, finished the night shooting 6 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three and added six assists.
“It’s all about creating for each other on offense,” Graham said. “I think we did that really well in the third quarter. We trust each other. We trust the coaches, and we trust the program.”
Gustin, in her second year with the Cougars, had 13 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes of play, earning her 16th double-double at BYU.
Sophomore guard Shaylee Gonzales finished second in scoring for the Cougars with 15 points off 6 of 14 from the field, adding seven rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Paisley Harding also had seven boards, scoring 11 points and dishing out five assists.
Freshmen Kate Vorwaller and Nani Falatea each scored three points and Arielle Mackey-Williams finished with two in their BYU debuts.
The Bison opened the game with three 3-pointers to take an early 9-0 lead. The Cougars started off slow going 0 for 4 from the field until Gustin got the BYU offense started with a layup three minutes into the first quarter.
After the quick start from Lipscomb, the Cougars responded scoring 18 unanswered points, capitalizing on six forced turnovers and two three-pointers from Harding and sophomore Kaylee Smiler.
Harding hit another three-pointer with 30 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 22-13 lead.
Both teams started off the second quarter cold as BYU shot just 3 for 11 from the field and Lipscomb hitting 1 for 7 with five minutes left in the first half. The Cougars found their stroke from behind the arc again, with three-pointers coming from Smiler and Falatea to extend their lead, 37-20.
Following a 7-2 Bison run, senior Sara Hamson scored her first bucket of the game with a putback sending BYU into the half leading 41-27.
Gustin opened the scoring in the second half with four points from two layups. Graham knocked down two from deep and Gonzales added one of her own, giving the Cougars a 21-point lead, 53-32 with six left in the third quarter. Harding hit another three to cap a 12-0 BYU run.
After hitting another from downtown, Graham sunk a jumper from the elbow off of a Harding assist. The Cougar offense turned to Hamson on back-to-back possessions in the paint, and Albiero drilled one from three. Gonzales hit again from downtown, giving BYU its seventh three-pointer of the quarter and a 73-49 lead going into the fourth.
Despite being outscored by Lipscomb 9-8 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars established a lead that would prove to be insurmountable.
BYU will host Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. MST at the Marriott Center. The game can be viewed on BYUtv.org and the BYUtv app.
BYU women's basketball opens the season against Lipscomb
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's basketball team will host Lipscomb on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Marriott Center in the 2021-22 season opener.
The game will be streamed live on BYUtv.org and the BYUtv App.
- BYU enters the 2021-22 campaign as the favorite to win the West Coast Conference championship, having received eight first-place votes in the WCC preseason poll by the league's head coaches.
- All five starters from 2020-21 return, including preseason All-WCC selections Shaylee Gonzales (17.8 ppg), Paisley Harding (14.1 ppg) and Lauren Gustin (11.3 ppg, 12.6 rbg).
- BYU's top six scorers all return including the three preseason All-WCC picks, in addition to Tegan Graham (8.3 ppg), Sara Hamson (5.1 ppg) and Maria Albiero (5.0 ppg).
- The Cougars went 19-6 in 2020-21, making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Arizona, the No. 3 seed who ended up runner-up to the national title.
- Head coach Jeff Judkins returns for his 21st season after earning his fifth conference coach of the year honor last season. Judkins has a career record of 430-200 at BYU, nine NCAA tournament appearances and has won at least 20 games in 12 seasons.
- Guard Shaylee Gonzales returns after earning WCC Co-Player of the Year in 2020-21. She led the team in scoring and was second in the WCC at 17.8 points per game. Also led BYU in steals (2.4 spg) and assists (3.6 apg).
- Forward Lauren Gustin was named to the Becky Hammon Player of the Year Watch List after earning earning a AP All-America honorable mention last year with 11.3 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game – tops in the WCC and sixth nationally.
Notes, statistics and postgame media availability will be available in this BYU Box folder.
- Lipscomb boasted its best record since the 2017-18 season in 2020-2021 going 12-10.
- Head coach Lauren Sumski is in her third season at Lipscomb
- The Bisons went undefeated at home, posting a 10-0 record.
- Lipscomb made the ASUN Semifinal for the first time since 2018 last year, losing to eventual champion, FGCU in the semifinal.
- Lipscomb returns more than 62% of its scoring from last season.
UP NEXT FOR BYU
Following the opener against Lipscomb, BYU hosts Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The game will be streamed live on BYUtv.org and the BYUtv App.