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Cougars fall at LMU
LOS ANGELES—A late second-half scoring rut hurt the BYU women’s basketball team, which fell 68-55 to Loyola Marymount on the road Thursday.
"We weren’t ready to play, especially in the second half," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We lost our intensity especially on defense. We didn’t make the plays we needed to and you can’t do that on the road."
The loss came despite a 10-point BYU (19-9, 10-5 West Coast Conference) lead in the first half and a season-high 16 points from Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn, who also led the game with six assists.
Haley Steed also scored in double figures with 11 points and Jennifer Hamson led the Cougars with 11 boards.
BYU shot 45.2 percent during the first half, but dropped to 35.6 percent for the game after a rough second half. LMU (11-17, 5-10 WCC) shot 41.5 percent on the night. The Cougars took the rebound battle 36-35 and the assists battle 16-12 despite the loss.
Seaborn came out on fire, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first few minutes to total nine of BYU’s first 18 points. Up 18-13 with 13 minutes to play, the Cougars fell into a rut and allowed LMU an 8-0 run to take its first lead, 20-18.
BYU quickly recovered, answering with a 13-2 run which included treys from Seaborn, Steed and Kylie Maeda. The 3-pointer was Seaborn’s fourth of the first half, tying her career high for 3-pointers in a game.
LMU chiseled away at the Cougar lead in the final minutes before halftime, coming within one possession with a layup by Lion Alex Cowling for a 34-31 score, but Steed shut down the momentum with her second trey of the night.
With nine field goals from beyond the arc and a 39-33 lead, BYU hit the locker room to prep for the second half. Seaborn totaled 16 points in the first half to tie her season high for points in a game.
The Lions’ Deanna Johnson made a lunge at BYU’s six-point lead on a 3-point basket, cutting the score to 39-38 before a Beeston 3-pointer and two Cougar buckets held off LMU from taking the lead.
A lead-change frenzy midway through the half ended with the Lions on top 52-48 with 8:20 to play. BYU trailed by four for most of the next five minutes until an LMU old-fashioned three-point play gave the Lions their largest lead of the game at 59-52.
During the second half, LMU’s Cowling became the all-time leading scorer in the WCC. She ended with 21 points on the night.
BYU heads north to Portland for its final regular-season matchup against the Pilots Saturday at 2 p.m. PST.
- The Cougars made 11 3-pointers, tying for most in a WCC game to date.
- BYU pulled down 36 rebounds to LMU’s 35 and dished out 16 assists. The Lions had 12 assists in the contest.
- Stephanie Seaborn made four 3-pointers, recording a season high in treys made in a game. She ended the contest with a team-best 16 for her sixth game with double digits in points and recorded a career-high six assists.
- Kylie Maeda made two shots from 3-point range (six points), tying for season bests in that category.
- Haley Steed tallied 11 points marking the 14th time this year that she’s had double figures in points. She also dished out three assists and had one steal.
- Jennifer Hamson led the Cougar effort in the rebound category pulling down 11 boards
Final league games on the road
Entering the last week of West Coast Conference action, BYU women’s basketball finishes league play with two road games. The Cougar women (19-8, 10-4) are in third place in the latest conference standings, one game behind San Diego. BYU is in Los Angeles Thursday night battling LMU (10-17, 4-10) in a 7 p.m. PST tip off. The Lions are in seventh place in league play.
On Saturday BYU travels to the northwest to take on league foe Portland (10-17, 5-9) who is in sixth place entering this week’s final games. The contest between the Cougars and the Pilots tips off at 2 p.m. PST and airs live on BYU Radio.
The Cougar team has outrebounded its opponents in 17 of the 27 games played. The BYU bench has outscored the opponent’s bench 503-344. When comparing points in the paint, the Cougars have scored 712 points to 568 from opponents.
BYU has had a halftime lead in all but seven games to date (vs. Gonzaga, vs. SD, vs. SMC, at USF, at Gonzaga, vs. Seattle and at Washington State).
In only five contests (vs. Gonzaga, at USF, at Gonzaga, at Boston College and at Washington State) theCougars did not record more assists than their opponents.
Balanced scoring has added to the team’s success this year. To date, three players have put up double figures in points in 12 games and four players finished with double-digit scoring in four games (at PEP, vs. PEP, vs. Tulsa, vs. UCSB)
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78), enters his 12th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #33 Haley Steed, 10.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Jennifer Hamson, 7.9 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #33 Steed, 7.8 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #33 Steed, 2.2 spg
BYU’S PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#33 Haley Steed– (5-4 guard, GS.) 10.7 ppg; 3.9 rpg; 7.8 apg
#4 Kim Parker Beeston– (5-11 guard, Jr.) 10.0 ppg; 4.0 rpg; 2.4 apg
#12 Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn – (6-0 guard/forward, Jr.) 6.1 ppg; 2.6 rpg; 1.5 apg
#45 Keilani Unga– (6-2 forward, Sr.) 7.3 ppg; 4.4 rpg; 0.9 apg
#5 Jennifer Hamson– (6-7 center, Jr.) 10.4 ppg; 7.9 rpg; 0.7 apg
In seventh place in the latest WCC standings with a 4-10 mark, LMU has recorded league victories over San Francisco, Santa Clara and swept the series vs. Pepperdine. LMU returns 10 letterwinners including three starters. At home, the Lions are 3-4 in league action. They are coming off a 70-57 loss at Saint Mary’s.
• Head coach: Charity Elliott is in her first season at LMU
• Team’s leading scorer: #3 Alex Cowling, 15.4 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #35 Mackenzie Kerins, 7.5 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #4 Hazel Ramirez, 4.9 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #3 Cowling, 2.0 spg
BYU leads the series 5-0.
In the first game between these two conference foes on Jan. 24 in Provo, the Cougars picked up the 74-53 win. In the contest three players scored in double figures led by 15 from Kim Parker Beeston, all from behind the arc. Jennifer Hamson and Morgan Bailey each scored 10 points in the winning effort with Beeston pulling down a game-best nine rebounds. Teammate Haley Steed dished out a season-best 13 assists. BYU shot 50 percent from the field and held LMU to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars outrebounded the Lions 46-28 and scored 38 points in the paint to LMU’s 18.
In the latest league standings, Portland is in sixth place with a 5-9 mark. On the season they’ve compiled a 10-17 record. They are coming off losses to Saint Mary’s and to BYU. They play at Gonzaga Thursday night before hosting the Cougars on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots return eight letterwinners including three starters. Last season they finished in seventh place in the WCC race with a 4-12 record.
• Head coach: Jim Sollars is in his 26th season at Portland
• Team’s leading scorer: #23 Kari Luttinen, 12.3 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #33 Amy Pupa, 7.9 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #32 Jasmine Wooton, 3.0 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #32 Wooton, 2.1 spg
BYU leads the series 11-4
Haley Steed and Jennifer Hamson combined for 46 points to lead the Cougar women to a 79-64 victory over Portland in their first meeting in Provo on Feb. 21. Steed hit a new season-best with 23 points, one point shy of her career best. During the second half, she went 6 for 6 from the field and 4 for 4 from the 3-point line. She also finished with nine assists and two steals. Hamson tied her career best with 23 points in addition to eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Keilani Unga and Ashley Garfield finished with eight and seven points, respectively. BYU shot 52 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line. Portland shot 34 percent from the field and 100 percent from the charity stripe. Annika Holopainen led the Pilots with 15 points.
The Cougars get set to compete in the 2013 Zappos West Coast Conference Championships from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from March 6-11. The winner gets an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament. BYU goes into the tournament as the 2012 tournament champions.