BYU takes down Pilots in final regular season game
PORTLAND—In the last game of the regular season, four Cougars scored in double figures for the BYU women’s basketball team in a 73-63 rout of Portland Saturday on the road.
“I thought Kim (Beeston) and Steph (Seaborn) came out in the first half and looked for their shots and they hit them,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “The first half we did well, then defensively made some mistakes. But I like seeing four players in double figures.”
Kim Parker Beeston led the Cougars (20-10, 11-5 West Coast Conference) with 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and from beyond the arc. She also had seven rebounds and five 3-pointers. Jennifer Hamson scored 14 points with nine rebounds, while Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn and Keilani Unga had 12 points apiece. Unga also had eight rebounds, second most on the team.
Haley Steed controlled the offense with eight assists, also contributing eight points and seven rebounds.
BYU shot 40.7 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from 3-point land, holding Portland (10-20, 5-12 WCC) to 37.1 percent from the field and 30 percent beyond the arc. The Cougars won the rebound battle, 44-29.
Seaborn and Beeston came out on fire with two 3-pointers apiece in the opening four minutes of play to give BYU a 14-4 lead. A 7-0 Cougar run gave BYU a 21-9 advantage.
A 10-2 Portland run cut the lead to 25-19. Xojian Harry ended the run with a free throw.
With less than two minutes until halftime, Pilot Cassandra Thompson laid the ball in to make it a one-possession game at 34-31 with BYU still in the lead. The Cougars missed a jumper in the final seconds in an attempt to respond to a Portland jumper. The game went to halftime with BYU ahead by only one point, 34-33.
A Pilot jumper from beyond the arc gave the lead to Portland in the first minute of the second half. Two more Portland buckets pushed the Pilots ahead 40-36.
Playing behind for most of the first six minutes of the second half, BYU stole back the lead on a Steed 3-pointer. Unga followed it with a layup to regain a 46-43 Cougar lead.
A Beeston 3-pointer and four-straight free throws by Hamson contributed to a 9-0 scoring streak, capped off by a Hamson layup.
With BYU ahead 66-53, Portland launched a 10-0 run, cutting the lead to 66-63 with 1:30 left to play. With 1:08 on the clock, Steed took control with a long trey. The Cougars prevented two Portland 3-point attempts and collected four more points on free throws to end the game.
Next up, the Cougars head to Las Vegas for the WCC Championships. BYU will play Friday at noon at the Orleans Arena in the quarterfinals on BYUtv. BYU’s opponent will be determined by the first second-round matchup Thursday.
For the fifth time this year, the Cougars had four players score in double figures--Beeston (17), Hamson (14), Seaborn (12), Unga (12)
The Cougars outrebounded the Pilots 44-29 marking the 19th time on the year that they have pulled down more boards than their opponents.
BYU dished out 18 assists to Portland’s 16.
The Cougars were perfect from the free throw line in the second half and finished the game shooting 86 percent from the charity stripe.
Stephanie Seaborn recorded 12 points for back-to-back games scoring in double figures. It’s the seventh time on the year that she has scored in double figures.
Kim Beeston finished the game with a game-high 17 total points marking the 17th time on the year she has put up double digits in points.
For the 13th time on the year Jennifer Hamson put up double-digit points with 14. Hamson also pulled down nine rebounds for game highs.
Keilani Unga had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Haley Steed had a game-best eight assists along with eight points and seven rebounds.
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.