Brigham Young University
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Kenny Cox | Posted: 4 Mar 2023 | Updated: 20 Jul 2023
Kenny Cox

BYU's big fourth quarter downs Dons 66-56, Cougars advance to WCC semifinal

Emma Calvert races by a USF defender on the way to a 66-56 BYU win over the Dons.
BYU huddles before a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Nani Falatea drives past two San Francisco defenders during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Arielle Mackey-Williams celebrates after hitting a three during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Lauren Gustin grabs one of 27 rebounds during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Arielle Mackey-Williams hits one of four threes during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. The BYU bench celebrates one of 12 made threes during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Lauren Gustin grabs one of 27 rebounds during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Arielle Mackey-Williams hits one of four threes during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Kaylee Smiler draws an offensive foul during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Emma Calvert and Amanda Barcello celebrate Kaylee Smiler drawing an offensive foul on San Francisco during a 66-56 win over USF at the WCC Tournament. Arielle Mackey-Williams hits her fourth three of the game as the shot clock expired to help BYU take down San Francico 66-56 in the WCC Tournament quarterfinal. Lauren Gustin celebrates with her teammates after beating San Francisco 66-56 in the WCC Tournament quarterfinal. Amber Whiting celebrates with her team in the locker room after beating San Francisco to advance to the WCC Tournament semi-finals.
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LAS VEGAS – Despite its top two scorers for the game on the bench with foul trouble, BYU outlasted any comeback attempts and beat San Francisco 66-56 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

Sophomore forward Emma Calvert scored 17 points to lead all scorers and Nani Falatea had 15, but both fouled out of the game with four minutes to play. The Cougars had a 10-point lead and outscored USF 27-13 in the fourth quarter to fight through the final minutes to win, earning an opportunity to play No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Monday.

Calvert hit five 3-pointers for a career high to fuel a 12 of 23 day behind the arc for BYU. The Cougars shot 52.2 percent from distance and 40.7 percent from the field while holding the Dons to just 6 of 23 from downtown.

Forward Lauren Gustin also hit a historic milestone, pulling down a career-high 27 rebounds, setting the WCC single-game and tournament record while also going over 500 rebounds this season (523). Her 27 boards were one shy of the most in Division I this season for a single game. 

Gustin also scored nine points, crossing the 500-point threshold this year (503), becoming the first player in BYU history and just the 10th different player in Division I women’s basketball history to score 500 points and have 500 rebounds in the same season.

Arielle Mackey-Williams scored 14, making 4 of 5 treys in the game, including her last which came late in the shot clock with 3:26 to go and kept BYU’s 10-point lead to help finish off the victory.

Kaylee Smiler scored six points but was most effective on the defensive end, drawing several offensive fouls with hustle and effort while picking up two steals and a block. Smiler was the primary defender on San Francisco's Ioanna Krimili, who averages 17.3 points per game, but was held to 2 of 11 from the field and only five points on the afternoon. 

Box Score

First quarter
After a block by Calvert on the defensive end, BYU used the momentum to a transition 3-pointer for an early 6-2 lead in the opening minutes. The Cougars stayed on the offensive attack, leading 9-4 with 4:13 left in the first quarter.

Rose Bubakar drove the baseline and laid in two more for an 18-12 lead as the first quarter ended. BYU went 4 for 8 from distance in the quarter to build its advantage.

Second quarter
Calvert hit a trey from the top of the arc for a 23-15 edge three minutes into the second quarter. San Francisco made a run over the next three minutes to close the gap to 24-22 with 4:39 until halftime.

The Dons went back in front with a triple inside of two minutes for a 27-24 lead. Gustin put in two free throws on the next possession and BYU trailed 27-26 at halftime. Gustin had 16 rebounds at the break but the Cougars suffered from 11 first-half turnovers, turning into 12 points for San Francisco.

Third quarter
BYU and San Francisco traded baskets through the first five minutes of the third quarter. San Francisco maintained its one-point edge at 34-33.

After a timeout, Smiler put BYU back in front with another triple. The Dons answered with a 3-pointer two minutes later to retake the lead. A three-point play later on pushed the USF lead to 40-36 with 1:05 to go in the third. Both teams traded threes and San Francisco led 43-39 heading into the fourth.

Fourth quarter
Falatea got BYU back in front with a 3-pointer and another midrange jumper before another Calvert three, her fourth of the game made it 47-43 with 7:39 to go.

Calvert drilled her fifth of the game with 5:59 to go for a 52-43 lead but Calvert fouled out on the next possession and then Falatea fouled out at the four minute mark.

Mackey-Williams hit a step-back triple with the shot clock expiring to make it 57-47 with 3:26 left in the game.

Despite a frantic pace over the next three minutes, the Cougars stayed in front and finished off the game at the free throw line to win by 10.

No. 5 seed BYU will play No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Monday at 12 p.m. PT at the Orleans Arena. The game will broadcast on BYUtv and the WCC Network. 

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Austin Rustand | Posted: 3 Mar 2023 | Updated: 20 Jul 2023
Austin Rustand

BYU to face San Francisco for spot in WCC semi-final

Lauren Gustin places BYU on the quarter-final seed line on the 2023 WCC Tournament bracket after beating Pepperdine.

LAS VEGAS – BYU women's basketball will take on San Francisco at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2023 University Credit Union WCC Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena. The winner will earn the right to face Gonzaga in the WCC semi-final game on Monday.

BYU (14-15, 9-9) vs. San Francisco (19-11, 9-9)
Saturday, March 4
1 p.m. PT
Orleans Arena
TV/Stream: BYUtv
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SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons come into this game having received a double-bye in the 2023 WCC Tournament, their last game being played on Feb. 25 in which they downed the LMU Lions 61-51. Ioanna Krimili leads San Francisco with 17.3 points per game with Debora dos Santos (12.6) and Jasmine Gayles (10.3) also scoring in double figures for the Dons. USF comes in averaging 69.3 points while giving up 65.6 to opponents. With a win, the Dons look to make their third-straight trip to the WCC Tournament semi-final.

LAST GAME: The Cougars earned a date with the Dons after taking down the Pepperdine Waves 74-59 in their first game of the WCC Tournament. BYU took a 6-4 lead with 8:17 left in the opening quarter and never looked back. The Cougars were led by WCC First Team honorees Lauren Gustin and Nani Falatea who each finished with 23 points to lead all scorers. Gustin notched her 26th double-double of the season with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 18 rebounds, four on the offensive glass and one assist in the 15-point BYU win. Falatea went 9-for-17 from the floor, knocking down four triples while also dishing out seven assists, and grabbing four rebounds while only committing one turnover on the day. Arielle Mackey Williams was a spark plug for the Cougars with 13 points on a 5-for-8 clip, while recording four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

NATION’S BEST: Forward Lauren Gustin was named one of 10 final candidates for the 2023 Katrina McClain Award, her second-consecutive year with that honor. She leads the nation with 16.5 rebounds per game and 496 total rebounds. She is second in the country with 26 double-doubles in 30 games. The junior from Salem, Utah has posted 20 or more rebounds eight times this year to lead the country. Gustin was also named to the Naismith College Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Award watch list.

MILESTONES AND AWARDS: Lauren Gustin was named WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was joined by Nani Falatea on the All-WCC First Team while Amanda Barcello was selected to the WCC All-Freshman Team this week. With six points and four rebounds against the Dons tomorrow, Gustin would become the first player at any level of NCAA basketball to record both 500 points and 500 rebounds this season.