BYU upset by Portland on the road
PORTLAND – The No. 16 BYU women’s basketball team suffered a 75-64 loss at Portland on Thursday night despite a ferocious comeback effort in the fourth quarter.
BYU (18-2, 8-1) trailed by as many as 14 in the game and came back to retake the lead with just over two minutes to go in the game but Portland (14-4, 4-2) fought back and finished off the upset. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak and marked the first loss in West Coast Conference play for the Cougars.
BYU had four players score in double figures, led by Shaylee Gonzales’ 16 points. Paisley Harding scored 13 and Lauren Gustin and Tegan Graham each had 12 points. Gustin also added eight rebounds.
Portland outrebounded the Cougars 28-25 and shot 54 percent for the game. The Pilots also forced BYU into an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers with a full-court press for most of the game.
Portland led by as many as six early on but BYU tied it up at 16-16 after Sara Hamson knocked in her second jumper. After surrendering a two, the Cougars tied it up with a deep two from Kaylee Smiler, finishing the first quarter tied 18-18.
Turnovers plagued BYU in the second quarter and the Pilots went back in front at 27-20 before Graham buried a trey from the top of the arc with 5:17 to go until the break.
In the closing few minutes of the half BYU was unable to get things going and fell behind 39-27.
Portland pushed its lead to 44-31 in the opening minutes of the second half but back-to-back layups from Gonzales chipped away at the lead and another three from Graham made it 46-38 with 5:11 to go in the third quarter.
BYU trailed 53-42 heading into the final quarter.
The Cougar defense put the clamps down to start the fourth quarter, picking up three consecutive stops to spark a Gustin layup, two free throws from Harding and a full-court pass from Graham to Gonzales made for an easy layup cut the lead down to 53-48 with just over eight minutes to go.
Gustin went into her bag of post moves again and made it 55-52 with 6:44 remaining. After Gonzales drew a double team, Maria Albiero was open for a triple, cutting it to 57-55 at the six minute mark.
BYU took the lead on Harding’s made triple to go ahead 62-61 but Portland took it back on the next possession with a two and never gave it up again, winning it 75-64 after making free throws to close it out.
The Cougars travel to Spokane to play at Gonzaga on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on SWX Live, ROOT Sports NW and streamed on the WCC Network.
No. 16 BYU takes on tough road swing at Portland and Gonzaga
PROVO, Utah – The No. 16 BYU women's basketball team takes on one of its toughest road swings of the year in the West Coast Conference at Portland on Thursday and at Gonzaga on Saturday.
Portland (13-4, 3-2) tips off from the Chiles Center on Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports NW, NBC Sports California and Bally Sports West. It will also be available on the WCC network outside those regions.
Gonzaga (16-4, 7-0) hosts the Cougars on Feb. 5 from the McCarthey Athletic Center at 2 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on SWX Live and ROOT Sports NW. It will also be available on the WCC Network outside those regions.
BYU at Portland
Thursday, Feb. 3
5 p.m. PT
TV/Stream: Root Sports NW, NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally Sports West, WCC Network
On Twitter: @BYUwbb
BYU at Gonzaga
Saturday, Feb. 5
2 p.m. PT
TV/Stream: Root Sports NW, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally Sports West, SWX Live, WCC Network (out of network only)
On Twitter: @BYUwbb
- LAST GAME: BYU scored 99 points en route to a 41-point win over San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. Paisley Harding dropped 30 points against the Dons and won WCC Player of the Week.
- PORTLAND (13-4, 3-2). The Pilots and 3-2 in conference and are coming off of a 68-55 win at San Diego.
- GONZAGA (16-4, 8-0). The Bulldogs are right behind the Cougars with a 7-0 start to WCC play. Gonzaga hosts Pacific on Thursday.
- The Cougars are No. 16 in the AP Top 25, tying the programs’ best mark set earlier this year. BYU is also 10th in the latest NCAA NET rankings and is projected as a 5-seed in the latest ESPN Bracketology for the NCAA Tournament.
- After falling to Oklahoma in overtime, BYU has won 10 games in a row, topping the earlier season’s best mark of 8 games.
- BYU has won 27 consecutive games in the Marriott Center. The program record is 33 games, set over the 1978-80 seasons.
- BYU is ranked No. 4 in scoring margin at +20.6 points per game and ranks No. 12 in scoring offense at 78.9points per game. The Cougars are No. 3 in assists per game (20.1) and No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (1.48), No. 5 in field goal percentage (47.1) and No. 13 in field goal percentage defense (34.8).