With a pair of losses on the road the Cougars drop to 19-7 overall and 11-4 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars are now tied for third place with San Diego, and one game behind Saint Mary's for second place. The road swing was tough as they faced the 2nd and 4th place teams in the conference, and just couldn't pull out the wins in either game.
Loss vs Saint Mary's
Despite a six point halftime lead and an eight point lead with five minutes left in the game, the Cougars dropped an overtime game against the Gaels. The loss is the Cougars first in the last six games. Even after a slow start in the first half, the Cougars built up a double digit lead at 36-23 with four minutes to go in the half. The Cougars struggled to finish off the half as they were outscored 9-2. The Gaels came out in the second half and chipped away at the Cougars lead and even took a 59-58 lead. The Saint Mary's lead didn't last long as the Cougars promptly went on an 8-0 run to score their final points in regulation. BYU had their chances to win the game but a five minute scoring drought to end regulation allowed the Gaels to send the game into overtime. BYU scored first in overtime with a Lexi Eaton drive and bucket but Saint Mary's would go on a 5-0 run to take back the lead. BYU would make one last run to take the lead at 71-69 but a 7-0 run to end the game gave the Gaels the victory. Eaton once again led all scorers with 23 points and she added four assists and three rebounds. Makenzi Morrison added 18 points and Morgan Bailey had 16 points to go along with her 15 rebounds and six assists.
Loss vs Pacific
The Cougars struggled early in this game and had to play catch up the entire time. The teams were tied at two early on but a quick 10-2 run by the Tigers gave the Cougars the hill to climb. After going scoreless for three minutes the Cougars found themselves down by a game high 12 points halfway through the first half and never fully recovered. The Cougars found a hot hand to end the half and were able to pull within five before the halftime buzzer. The strong shooting didn't last long in the second half as they pulled within one but a four minute scoring drought gave the Tigers another double-digit lead. The Cougars made one last run at the Tigers as they pulled within two at 80-78, but ultimately came up short 86-82. Lexi Eaton led all scorers with 29 points and three others joined her with double-digits. Morgan Bailey recorded her 14th double-double of the year as she added 28 points and 11 rebounds. Kylie Maeda added 11 points while Makenzi Morrison added 10.
The Cougars will travel for their last regular season road game as they face San Diego at 3pm MST on Saturday on TheW.tv