Cougars cruise to 84-40 victory over Boise State
PROVO, Utah ‒ BYU women’s basketball held the Boise State Broncos to just 17 second-half points and picked up an 84-40 at the Marriott Center on Saturday.
“As a coach you like to see everyone on your team go out there, execute and do what they are supposed to, and I thought everybody did that today,” said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. “Even the girls who came off the bench at the end did that, and that is what makes a great team, a team that is fun to coach.”
The Cougars moved to 4-0 on the season after today's win, which followed a tough win against power five opponent, Arizona State, earlier this week.
BYU’s defense held the Boise State Broncos to 20 percent shooting from the field, 10 percent from the 3-point line and 60 percent from the charity stripe. In contrast, the Cougars shot 55.8 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three and 78.3 from the free-throw line.
Shaylee Gonzales and Nani Falatea led the Cougars scoring with 14 points each. Falatea shot 5-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the three. BYU had 38 points off the bench and 23 off turnovers in the game.
Paisley Harding started the scoring for BYU hitting a three from the corner, leading to a 7-0 run for the Cougars.
With a steal from Harding and a layup from Gonzales, the Cougars gained momentum going up over the Broncos the remainder of the quarter.
Emma Calvert came off the bench strong for BYU, putting up her first two points of the season on free throws and followed those up with a block. The Cougars finished the half with a three from Falatea and a steal and layup from Albiero. BYU led 22-13 going into the second quarter.
BYU started the second quarter with a few early baskets, leading to a 7-0 run.
BYU's defense held strong with two steals from Harding. The Cougars shot four-for-four from the free throw line in the second quarter and were able to keep their lead for the entirety of the first half.
The Cougars went into the locker room with a double digit lead of 33-23 at half.
The Cougars started the third quarter with a steal from Albiero and a layup from Gonzales.
Harding drew her second shooting foul of the day on a made layup. She knocked her free throw down making it a three-point play. Hamson came off the bench strong with her own three-point play and a block.
Falatea came off the bench to score five points, contributing to BYU’s 18-2 run. The Cougars outscored the Broncos 28-8 and ended the third quarter up by 30 points with a 61-31 lead.
Harding started the scoring in the fourth with a layup. Calvert came in hot off the bench with a layup and free throw, capitalizing on the third three-point play of the game.
Bubakar came in off the bench to put up her first points of the season, sinking a three and a layup. Vorwaller kept up the pace with two points off the bench.
Calvert led the quarter in scoring with seven points, putting the Cougars up by over 40. BYU played strong until the end, finishing the game with a 84-40 win over the Boise State Broncos.
BYU will take on Utah State next, in the Marriott Center Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. MST. The game can be viewed on BYUtv.org and the BYUtv app.
Cougars and Broncos meet in women's hoops Saturday
PROVO, Utah – After a 3-0 start, BYU women's basketball will take on Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
BYU Game Notes (3-0)
- LAST GAME: The Cougars controlled a physical Arizona State team and won 55-44 behind 25 points from Paisley Harding and another double-double from Lauren Gustin with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
- SERIES: BYU leads the series 11-8 against Boise State. The Broncos won the last contest 66-55 in Boise in 2019.
- The Cougars have opened the year 3-0 with victories over Lipscomb, Fresno State and Arizona State. Fresno State was picked to win the MWC.
- BYU was picked win the WCC title, receiving eight first-place votes in the preseason poll.
- 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).
- Head coach Jeff Judkins returns for his 21st season after earning his fifth conference coach of the year honor last season. He has a career record of 433-200, nine NCAA tournaments and has won at least 20 games 12 times.
Boise State (1-1)
- Boise State Head Coach Gordy Presnell entered the season with 705 wins, 34th all-time in NCAA history and 18th among active coaches.
- The Broncos return six letterwinners from 2020-21 and have added nine newcomers.
- Boise State's roster consists of student-athletes from seven states (Washington-4, California-2, Idaho-2, Oregon-2, Arizona-1, Georgia-1, Texas-1) and two foreign countries (France-1, New Zealand-1).
- The game at BYU is first of three-straight away from home for the Broncos.
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