Once again the Lady Cougars took care of business as they went on the road to face San Francisco and Santa Clara. With the two road wins the Cougars have now won 9 of their last 10 games, and 14 of the last 16. The Cougars improved their overall record to 17-5 as they hold on to 2nd place with Saint Mary's at 9-2 in conference. Both teams are still chasing Gonzaga who has yet to lose in conference at 10-0.
In the first of the two wins Morgan Bailey became only the 26th player in BYU history to reach 1000 points in a career. Bailey joins Lexi Eaton as current players in the 1000 point club.
BYU vs San Francisco
Thanks to another double-double from Bailey and seven steals from Makenzi Morrison the Cougars pulled out a road victory against the University of San Francisco. An early 9-0 run by the Cougars gave BYU a lead that they would never relinquish as they built up a lead that reached 11 in the first half. Thanks to a run of their own, the Dons managed to pull within four at the half with a score of 31-27. BYU came out of the half intent on putting the Dons away and once again used runs to build up a lead, this time by 17. The Cougars would need all 17 of these points as they sufferred a three minute stretch were they went scoreless, allowing the Dons back to single digits. With less than a minute left in the game the Dons found themselves within one point but key free-throw makes gave the Cougars the cushion needed to win 68-63. Bailey finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the year. Eaton and Morrison each added 16 points and four rebounds while Kylie Maeda added 10 in the win.
BYU vs Santa Clara
Behind Eaton and her 27 points the Cougars were able to pull out another win on the road as they faced Santa Clara. The Cougars took a lead in the early minutes of the game but had to play catchup late as Santa Clara used a number of runs to keep the Cougars at bay. Down by seven at the half, BYU came out and took a three point lead with under seven minutes to go in that game, and had to hold off the Broncos. With the Broncos making one more push the Cougars turned to Xojian Harry and she scored all five of her points in the final minutes to give the Cougars a chance to finish the game off from the free-throw line, winning 58-56. Eaton and Bailey each ended the game with double-doubles to lead the Cougars. Eaton added 13 rebounds to her 27 points while Bailey added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
BYU will come home for the next two games as they face Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Pepperdine game will be on Thursday at 7pm on BYUtv.