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Bailey's 18 can't push BYU past Zags
SPOKANE, Wash.—Morgan Bailey’s career-high 18 points couldn’t prevent a 74-59 loss at Gonzaga for the BYU women’s basketball team, snapping the Cougars’ nine-game win streak Thursday night.
BYU’s first loss in conference play came despite a second-half 17-0 rally. The Cougars fall to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in West Coast Conference play.
"We came out sluggish and they came out really aggressive," head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We didn’t handle their pressure well. I’m glad we fought back and were more aggressive in the second half. Morgan and Ashley (Garfield) had really good games and that’s a positive for us. We have to be more focused and ready to play when we’re on the road."
Bailey earned her 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and had five rebounds. Steed also had 18 points, including four 3-pointers. She led the Cougars with five assists.
Ashley Garfield led BYU with eight rebounds and had eight points.
BYU shot 41.3 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, while the Zags (14-5, 4-0 WCC) shot 52.6 percent overall and 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Plagued by turnovers, BYU fell behind 10-0 before Steed finally put points on the board on free throws with 14:46 on the clock. She added to the Cougars’ score with a 3-pointer to bring the score to 17-5.
Bailey finally got BYU into double figures with a jumper at 9:17, but the Cougars still struggled to get back in the game as Gonzaga continued to pound the baskets. The Bulldogs finished the half ahead 37-19, shooting 52 percent from the field and 60 percent from downtown.
The Cougars’ 11 turnovers in the first half aided the Zags, who also led on the boards 16-12 and 8-2 on assists.
Gonzaga pushed the lead to 24 early in the second half. Bulldog Shelby Cheslek increased that lead to 27 on a layup with 16:25 left to play for Gonzaga’s biggest lead of the game.
With 14:42 on the clock, the Cougars strung together a 7-0 scoring streak with the help of an old-fashioned three-point play by Keilani Unga and a Bailey jumper. Stephanie Seaborn made two free throws, keeping BYU at 100 percent shooting from the charity stripe. Back-to-back treys from Steed pushed the scoring streak to 13-0.
Another pair of made free throws by Seaborn cut BYU’s deficit to 12 and increased the BYU run to 15 straight points. Garfield’s layup with 11:27 left on the clock put BYU within 10 points of the Zags. Cheslek ended the 17-point Cougar scoring streak with a layup of her own.
Steed cut Gonzaga’s lead to single digits on her fourth 3-pointer of the night, but BYU let the Bulldogs make it back up with five straight points to lead 67-50 with just under five minutes to play.
Bailey turned up the heat as the minutes ticked by, putting up a jumper and a 3-pointer to put BYU’s deficit at 12. But the Cougars couldn’t get closer than 12, and Gonzaga held off the Cougars for a 74-59 Bulldog victory.
“I think we learned to fight back tonight,” Bailey said. “But we also learned that we need to throw the first punch in the beginning.”
BYU has a bye Saturday and returns to action Thursday, hosting Loyola Marymount at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST.
BYU was down by 18, 37-19 at the half in the road game at Gonzaga for just the third time this year.
The Cougars finished the game with 10 assists to Gonzaga’s 18. It’s just the third time on the season that an opponent has recorded more assists.
Despite the loss, BYU had a strong showing from its bench, scoring 30 points to Gonzaga’s 11.
Haley Steed recorded her sixth double-digit point performance of the season with 18 points, which tied for a team high. Steed, who is the nation’s assist leader, finished the contest with a team-best five assists.
Off the bench, Morgan Bailey finished the game with a career-high 18 points, marking the ninth game she’s tallied double figures in points this year. The points tied for team highs.
Ashley Garfield came off the bench to lead the Cougars in rebounds, grabbing a team-high eight boards. It’s the second time this year that she has led the team in the rebound category.
League action on the road
BYU women’s basketball (12-4, 3-0) continues WCC play with one road game this week. The Cougars are at Gonzaga (13-5, 3-1) Thurs. Jan. 17 in a 6 p.m. PST tip off. Fans can listen to the game live on BYU Radio.
The Cougars were selected to finish first in conference play as voted by the league’s coaches. Last year BYU finished second behind Gonzaga with a 12-4 record, winning its first WCC championship and representing the league as the automatic qualifier in the NCAA tournament.
BYU is on a nine-game win streak. The Cougars haveoutrebounded theiropponents in 10 of the games played. In all but two contests (at Boston College and at Washington State) the Cougars dished out more assists than their opponents. BYU has enjoyed a halftime lead in all but two games to date (vs. Seattle and at Washington State). The BYU bench has outscored the opponent’s bench 321-207. When comparing points in the paint, the Cougars have scored 438 points to 358 from opponents. In the team’s league victory over Pepperdine, four players scored in double figures marking the third time that BYU has had four players scoring in double digits this season.
• Head coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) enters his 12th season
• Team’s leading scorer: #5 Jennifer Hamson, 13.0 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #5 Hamson, 8.9 rpg
• Team’s assist leader: #33 Haley Steed, 7.9 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #33 Steed, 2.0 spg
BYU’S PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#33 Haley Steed– (5-4 guard, GS.) 8.6 ppg; 4.0 rpg; 7.8 apg
#4 Kim Parker Beeston– (5-11 guard, Jr.) 10.3 ppg; 3.9 rpg; 2.3 apg
#11 Xojian Harry– (5-10 guard, So.) 4.3 ppg; 1.4 rpg; 0.5 apg
#45 Keilani Unga– (6-2 forward, Sr.) 5.7 ppg; 4.3 rpg; 1.1 apg
#5 Jennifer Hamson– (6-7 center, Jr.) 13.4 ppg; 8.9 rpg; 0.6 apg
After picking up an 82-51 road win at Portland, Gonzaga improved its record to 13-5 overall, 3-1 in WCC action. The Bulldogs return two starters and nine letterwinners. Last year Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen after compiling a 28-6 overall record. They won the 2012 WCC regular season crown with a 14-2 mark. When playing at home, the Bulldogs are 7-3 this year.
• Head coach: Kelly Graves is in his 12th season at Gonzaga
• Team’s leading scorer: #3 Haiden Palmer, 12.7 ppg
• Team’s leading rebounder: #14 Sunny Greinacher, 5.3 rpg
• Team’s assists leader: #34 Jazmine Redmon, 4.3 apg
• Team’s steals leader: #3 Palmer, 3.0 spg
BYU leads the series 5-4
These two teams ended up playing three times during the 2011-12 WCC schedule. Each team won on its own court. In the first game played in Provo on Feb. 9, BYU picked up the 70-40 win. The Cougars had three players score in double figures led by Kim Parker’s 16, Jennifer Hamson’s 14 and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Kristen Riley who recorded her seventh double-double of the year in that contest. In the game at Spokane on Feb. 25, the Bulldogs clinched the 2012 regular season title with the 77-60 victory. BYU once again had three players in double figures in points with 17 from Haley Steed, 13 from Lexi Eaton and 11 from Riley. The two met once again, this time at the Orleans Arena in the championship game of the 2012 Zappos WCC Women’s Basketball Championships. In that game, the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs 78-66 to clinch their first ever WCC championship crown.
WCC action continues next week with the team hosting Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.The game is slated to air live on BYUtv. BYU then travels to San Francisco for its second meeting with the Dons on Saturday, Jan.26 at 2 p.m. PST. The Cougars defeated USF in Provo 80-58, on Jan. 5. Fans can follow the action live on BYU Radio.