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Women's basketball wins big over Tulsa
Provo, Utah – Four Cougars scored in double figures as the BYU women’s basketball team defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 70-48 Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.
“It's a good win, that's a good team,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “I think we caught them on a tired night, but I saw a lot of good things. A lot of players have gotten better, and when we run our stuff, and we execute, we're tough to beat.”
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Sophomore guard Ashley Garfield came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting and added eight rebounds and a season-high two steals. Junior Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn also scored 12 off the bench. Junior Jennifer Hamson tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Sophomore Morgan Bailey collected 10 points and six rebounds.
Tulsa (3-6) struck first, but BYU (6-4) played efficiently on offense, as its first four buckets were layups. Seaborn also added two free throws to bring BYU within one, 10-11 with 12:57 left in the first half.
Two possessions later, Hamson hit a short jumper with about 11 minutes left to give the Cougars their second lead of the game, 12-11.
Bailey grabbed an offensive rebound and laid the ball in with 9:48 left, her second basket of the game. On the other side of the court, she altered a Tulsa shot, causing a Tulsa shot clock violation.
With 6:27 remaining, the Cougars snagged two offensive boards to set up a mid-range jumper by Garfield to put her team up, 22-15.
The next time down the court, senior Keilani Unga got an easy layup after she secured another offensive rebound. On the following possession, Unga found a cutting Bailey for an easy score to give the Cougars a 26-15 advantage.
With just over three minutes left in the half, Steed threw a full-court pass to a running Kim Parker Beeston who immediately dished the ball to Garfield for a layup and a foul. She made the extra point to put BYU ahead, 30-17.
Tulsa scored five in a row before freshman guard Kylie Maeda made a buzzer-beating layup to end the period, 32-22.
The Cougars owned the rebounding advantage at the half, 25-16. They also shot 44.8 percent from the floor while holding Tulsa to just 26.7 percent shooting.
BYU opened the half on another Unga assist to Hamson for a lay-in right at the basket. The next time down the floor, Hamson scored two more to put BYU up 36-22.
“In the second half I challenged the starters to come out and play and be more aggressive, and I thought they were,” Judkins said. “Haley (Steed) was more aggressive and so was Jennifer (Hamson).”
Tulsa got three opportunities to score on their next possession, but two blocks by Hamson led to a fast-break 3-pointer from Beeston.
After a layup by Unga with 17:04 remaining, Tulsa scored six consecutive points. BYU responded to the run as Seaborn found Bailey for a jumper to give BYU a 43-28 lead.
Neither team could find the bottom of the net until Bailey returned the favor by dishing to Seaborn for an open trey with 10:35 left.
Bailey scored on another jumper then Tulsa converted consecutive 3-pointers before Seaborn drove the ball, made the shot and drew a foul. She also scored from the charity stripe to increase the lead, 51-34.
The Golden Hurricane went on an 8-2 run before Steed took over. She first answered by hitting a 3-pointer with 5:27 remaining. On the next play, she blocked a Tulsa attempt, which led to a fast break. Steed passed to Hamson for an open look. Tulsa scored two then Steed made a short jumper in the lane and got an assist on the next possession as Hamson converted a field goal to put BYU up, 62-44.
Tulsa added two more to their score before Steed hit another jumper. On the defensive end, Beeston stole the ball, Steed picked it up and ran the length of the court then threw a bounce pass to hit Garfield in stride for a layup as BYU increased its lead to 20, 66-46.
The last Tulsa basket came with 2:45 left in the game. BYU scored two more buckets before emptying its bench. The Cougars ended the game on an 8-2 run.
BYU continues its home stretch on Tuesday, Dec. 18 hosting UC Santa Barbara in a 2 p.m. tip off. The game will air live on BYUtv.
BYU’s 12-0 run beginning with 14:15 left in the first half gave the lead back to the Cougars. It was the final lead change of the game.
The Cougars held Tulsa to 28 percent shooting, while shooting 48 percent themselves. BYU outrebounded its opponent 48-37.
BYU’s bench outscored the Tulsa bench 38-18.
The Cougars’ largest lead came with 1:40 left in the second half, when BYU led by 22.
Four Cougars scored in double figures, the first time four players have scored 10 or more in a game this season.
Coming off the bench, Ashley Garfield collected a career-high 12 points with eight rebounds and a season-high two steals.
Stephanie Seaborn also scored in double figures with 12 points.
Morgan Bailey had a double-figure outing with 10 points and also had six rebounds.
Keilani Unga dished out a career-high four assists to lead BYU and added eight points.
Jennifer Hamson led the Cougars with 12 boards. She also contributed 10 points for her second double-double this season and had five blocks.
Haley Steed collected a game-high five assists.
BYU at home hosting Tulsa
With wins over in-state rivals Utah State and Utah, the Cougar women’s basketball team improved its record to 5-4 on the season. BYU is set to play the next five games at home. The Cougars (5-4) host Tulsa (3-5) on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live on BYUtv and online at byutvsports.com.
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Activities: poster making, face painting, photos with Cosmo, balloon animals, halftime games
Autograph signing with the team after the game
On the season BYU has outrebounded its opponents in five of the games played, including the last three. In all but two contests the Cougars have dished out more assists than their opponents. BYU has enjoyed a halftime lead in all but one game to date.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78), enters his 12th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #5 Jennifer Hamson, 14.0 ppg!
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Hamson, 9.5 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #33 Haley Steed, 7.4 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #33 Steed, 2.2 spg
!Hamson returned to the basketball team after the volleyball season ended. Hamson has only played in two games. (Kim Beeston and Morgan Bailey have played in all games averaging 10.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg)
BYU’S PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#33 Haley Steed – (5-4 guard, GS.) 9.1 ppg; 3.9 rpg; 7.4 apg
#4 Kim Parker Beeston – (5-11 guard, Jr.) 10.4 ppg; 4.6 rpg; 2.0 apg
#11 Xojian Harry – (5-10 guard, So.) 3.6 ppg; 1.2 rpg; 0.4 apg
#41 Morgan Bailey – (6-2 forward, So.) 8.3 ppg; 6.1 rpg; 0.7 apg
#45 Keilani Unga – (6-2 forward, Sr.) 5.9 ppg; 4.4 rpg; 0.8 apg
The Golden Hurricane enters the week with a 3-5 record and a three-game win streak with victories over Utah Valley, Nebraska Omaha and Colorado State. Three players are scoring in double digits to date. Tulsa returns seven letterwinners including three starters. Last season it compiled a 13-15, overall record finishing sixth in Conference USA play with an 8-8 mark.
• Head coach: Matilda Mossman is in her second year at Tulsa
• Team’s leading scorer: #12 Taleya Mayberry, 20.1 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #31 Tiffani Couisnard, 10.4 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #12 Mayberry, 3.8 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #31 Couisnard, 2.1 spg
BYU leads the series 6-0
Head coach Jeff Judkins is 1-0 against Tulsa
These two teams played last season with BYU getting the road win 64-61. Haley Steed led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block. Of the total 24 points, 18 were from 3-point range. Stephanie Rovetti came off the bench to pick up career highs as well with 12 points. She went 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Senior Kristen Riley picked up game highs in rebounds with 12. The Cougars shot 40 percent from the field, 47 percent from behind the arc and 56 percent at the line. BYU outrebounded the Golden Hurricane 41-38, dished out more assists, 16-eight. It also recorded more blocks and seals with five and nine, respectively.
For Tulsa, Taylor Hooker led her team with 16 points, four rebounds one block and three steals. Taleya Mayberry also put up double digits in points with 11 while tying for team highs in the rebound category with six. The Golden Hurricane finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent at the free throw line.
Two more games are on tap for the women’s basketball team. On Tuesday, Dec. 18 UC Santa Barbara will make a visit to the Marriott Center in a 2 p.m. MST tip. Two days later on Dec. 20, BYU hosts Seattle University in a 3 p.m. MST start. Both games will air live on BYUtv.
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