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Austin Rustand | Posted: 18 Feb 2023 | Updated: 17 Mar 2023
Austin Rustand

Cougars fall to San Francisco 72-59

Nani Falatea talks with Coach Whiting during a 72-59 loss to San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO — BYU women’s basketball fell to San Francisco 72-59 at War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.

After a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes that saw the score knotted at halftime, San Francisco shot 53.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from behind the arc to score 46 second-half points and pull away from the Cougars that were held to 38.7 percent shooting, 35.3 percent from behind the arc, putting up 33 in the second half. 

Arielle Mackey-Williams and Nani Falatea were the lone Cougars (14-13,  in double figures on the night with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Mackey-Williams matched her career high in field goals made as she went 6-for-15 from the field with four rebounds and an assist. Along with 12 points, Falatea also recorded three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

The nation’s leading rebounder, Lauren Gustin, finished with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, 13 rebounds, four assists and a steal as she was frequently double and triple-teamed in the post in the 12-point defeat. With her first rebound of the game, Gustin set the single-season West Coast Conference record for total rebounds with 428, passing the 427 set by Danielle Mauldin of Saint Mary's in 2014. Gustin is currently at 440 with two games to play in the regular season. 

Box Score

First Quarter
The Dons took an early 7-4 lead with 6:30 to play in the first, but the Cougars responded by scoring ten-straight points to take a 14-7 lead. Kaylee Smiler began the run with a second-chance three followed by layups from Emma Calvert, Mackey-Williams and Gustin to open a 15-7 lead.

San Francisco cut the deficit to one with 1:32 to play in the opening quarter before Falatea found Gustin in the post for a floater off the glass to extend the Cougar lead to three going into the second quarter, 17-14.

Second Quarter
BYU was held scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter before Mackey-Williams knocked down a long two to take one-point lead, 20-19.

After the Dons retook a four-point advantage with 4:12 to play in the half, Mackey-Williams scored five straight to level the score at the half, 26-26.

Mackey-Williams scored all eight points for the Cougars in the second quarter going 4-for-6 from the field and 1-2 from behind the arc.

Third Quarter
BYU and San Francisco traded baskets to open the third with USF taking a 32-30 lead before Mackey-Williams knocked down a kick-out triple with the assist from Gustin. After the Dons responded with a three of their own, Falatea weaved through the defense and laid it up with the left hand to give BYU a 35-34 lead with 6:00 to play in the quarter.

Out of the media timeout, USF scored eight-straight points to open a 10-point lead with 3:40 left, leading to a BYU timeout. The Dons hit another three before Calvert ended the San Francisco run with a three of her own. On the next Cougar possession, Smiler knocked down a second consecutive three to bring BYU within seven with 2:20 left.

Despite drawing within six, the Dons took a ten-point advantage into the fourth quarter as they scored 26 points on 10-17 shooting while going 4-for-6 from deep in the third.

Fourth Quarter
The Dons opened the fourth with a 13-3 run to extend their lead to 20 with 4:27 to play. Rose Bubakar scored five-straight points to trim the USF lead to 15. Back-to-back scores from Bubakar and Falatea drew BYU within 11, but time ran out and San Francisco downed BYU 72-59.

The Cougars return to the Marriott Center for the final regular season games next week as they host Portland on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. MST and Gonzaga on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. MST.

At 9-7 in West Coast Conference play and in fourth place behind San Diego (10-6), BYU has a chance to earn as high as a No. 3 seed in the WCC Tournament with two wins and some help from the Toreros. The Cougars are sure to be at least a No. 5 seed after Pacific's loss today. San Francisco is currently one game back of BYU in fifth place at 8-8 in the league standings. The No. 3 and 4 seeds earn byes to play in the quarterfinals Saturday, March 4, while the No. 5 seed would play Friday, March 3. 

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Austin Rustand | Posted: 15 Feb 2023 | Updated: 17 Mar 2023
Austin Rustand

Cougars take on Santa Clara and San Francisco in season's final road trip

Arielle Mackey-Williams dribbles down the floor in a win over LMU.

PROVO, Utah – After last week's home split, BYU women's basketball will hit the road to visit Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday. Thursday's game tips off at 6 p.m. PST while Saturday will start at 2 p.m. PST with both games being streamed on the WCC Network.

Saturday's game against San Francisco will also be available on the following television networks: NBC Sports Bay Area, ROOT Sports NW, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Southeast.

While the game will also be available on the WCC Network, however it will be geo blocked in the NBC Sports Bay Area, ROOT Sports NW, Bally Sports San Diego and Bally Sports SoCal territories. The WCC will share a coverage map on the Where to Watch page before Saturday's game. 

BYU (13-12, 8-6) vs. Santa Clara (14-13, 5-9)
Thursday, Feb. 16
6 p.m. PST
Leavey Center
TV/Stream: WCC Network
Live Stats

BYU (12-11, 7-5) vs. LMU (6-18, 3-10)
Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gymnasium
TV/Stream: WCC Network
Live Stats

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BYU Game Notes


  • SANTA CLARA (FEB 16). The Broncos welcome the Cougars to the Leavey Center having lost four of their last five since taking down BYU at the Marriott Center on Jan. 21, 69-59. Santa Clara scores 70.3 points per game and has shot 43.0 percent in conference play. The Broncos have three double-figure scorers with Tess Heal leading the way with 16.9 points.
  • SAN FRANCISCO (FEB 18). The Cougars took down the Dons 78-59 in the last meeting on Jan. 19 at the Marriott Center. San Francisco comes into the contest having lost three of their last four, the win coming at Saint Mary’s  a 69-66 win. The Dons have three players scoring in double-figures with Ioanna Krimili leading the way with 17.8 points per game.
  • LAST GAME. The Cougars come into the Leavey Center after taking down the LMU Lions 67-42 at home last Saturday. Lauren Gustin led the way for BYU with 21 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. The Cougar defense held the Lions to 28-percent shooting, 26.6 from behind the arc and forced 13 turnovers in the win.
  • CONFERENCE PLAY. BYU is 8-6 in league play and currently in alone in fourth place, behind Gonzaga (13-1), Portland (12-2) and San Diego (9-5). San Francisco and Santa Clara are 6th and 8th in the league, respectively.
  • SCORING DUO. BYU has two players averaging double-figure scoring with Nani Falatea and Lauren Gustin. Gustin leads with 16.3 points per game while Falatea is at 15.1 points per game, both in the top 10 of the WCC. Falatea has topped 20 points in five games while Gustin has logged nine 20-point games and a career-high 30 against Pepperdine.
  • NATION’S BEST. Forward Lauren Gustin was just named one of 10 final candidates for the 2023 Katrina McClain Award, her second-consecutive year with that honor. She leads the nation with 16.4 rebounds per game and 411 total rebounds. She is tied for first in double-doubles with 23 in 25 games. The junior from Salem, Utah has posted 20 or more rebounds seven times this year to lead the country. Gustin was recently named to the Naismith College Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Award watch list.
  • MILESTONES. With 21 points and 17 rebounds against LMU, Lauren Gustin now has 409 total points and 411 total rebounds this season, becoming the first player across all divisions of NCAA basketball, men or women, to notch the 400/400 mark this season. Gustin is just the third BYU women’s player to have 400/400 in a season, behind Tina Gunn Robison and Jennifer Hamson.