Norma Bertoch | Posted: 14 Jan 2020 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

On the road this week for WCC games at Pacific and St. Mary’s

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PROVO, Utah— With an 8-7, 3-2 record, BYU women’s basketball continues West Coast Conference action with two road games.

The Cougars are at Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. PDT. BYU then travels to Moraga, California, to take on St. Mary’s, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. PDT. A live video stream will be available on the WCC Network for both games.

BYU at Saint Mary's Game Notes

BYU at Pacific Game Notes


  • Entering the fourth week of WCC play, BYU is 8-7, 3-2 on the year
  • The team ranks nationally eighth (5.9) in blocked shots per game, ninth (33.3) in field goal percentage defense, 12th (89) in blocked shots, 30th (56.0) in scoring defense
  • Two players are scoring in double figures for the Cougars led by 13.9 points from junior guard Paisley Johnson; senior guard Brenna Chase Drollinger follows contributing 11.1 points per contest; Drollinger currently ranks 26th all-time in career points with 1,115; she’s currently the team’s assists and steals leader with 4.3 and 2.1 averages, respectively
  • Sara Hamson leads the way in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 8.1 boards a game and getting 3.9 blocks a contest; she ranks second (59) in the nation in blocked shots and third (3.9) in blocked shots per game
  • After 15 games played, BYU is averaging 60.3 points and pulls down 41.5 rebounds a contest
  • The Cougars are holding opponents to just 56 points and are allowing only 37.4 rebounds a game
  • In the overall series vs. Pacific, BYU leads 13-4; the Cougars are 5-2 when playing in Stockton; in last year’s race, the Cougars swept the series


  • Entering the fourth week of WCC play, Pacific has an 11-6, 4-2 record with league wins over San Francisco, LMU, Pepperdine and Portland
  • Last year, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the WNIT postseason tournament after finishing in sixth place in the league race
  • Valerie Higgins is one of two players that is scoring in double figures for the Tigers with a 16.3 average; teammate Brooklyn McDavid is contributing 15.1 points a game; Higgins tops the leaderboard in rebounds (8.8), assists (3.6), steals (3.5) and in blocks (0.94)
  • Pacific is averaging 70.5 points and pulls down 34.4 rebounds a contest
  • The Tigers were picked to finish in third place in this year’s conference race as voted on by the league’s head coaches last October; Higgins was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team
  • Head coach Bradley Davis is in his fifth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at Pacific where he has a 68-74 record


  • The Gaels have compiled a 9-8, 4-2 record on the year, picking up conference wins over San Francisco, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, and LMU. Their two losses are to Gonzaga and Portland; they are scheduled to host San Diego on Thursday night before Saturday’s game against BYU
  • SMC’s offensive presence has four players scoring in double figures, led by Emily Codding’s 15.5 points a contest; she’s followed by Sam Simons who’s is tallying 15 points a game; Madeline Holland is next with 13.6 points, with Taycee Wedin contributing 12.2 points a game
  • Codding leads the way in rebounds, pulling down 8.8 boards a game; Holland leads in assists with a 5.2 average; Brianna Simonich tops the list in steals with a 1.5 average
  • St. Mary’s is averaging 74.1 points a game and 39.4 rebounds a contest while allowing opponents to put up 73.2 points and grab 34.9 boards a contest
  • The Gaels were selected to finish fourth in the WCC this year
  • In the overall series with SMC, the Gaels have the 10-9 edge; when playing in Moraga, BYU is 2-6; in last year’s WCC race, each team won on the road

After playing two road games, the Cougar women return to host two WCC foes. On Thursday, Jan. 23, BYU hosts San Francisco in a Kid’s Game that tips off at 11 a.m. then on Saturday, Jan. 25, Santa Clara comes to town for a 2 p.m. matchup. Both home games are scheduled to air live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

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