Cougars cruise to victory at Cal State Northridge

(Photo by Marcos Escalona/BYU Photo)

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Jennifer Hamson led BYU women’s basketball to an 82-66 win on the road at Cal State Northridge on Saturday.

"I thought Lexi played a really nice game for us," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Of course Jen gave us a serious mismatch down low. They couldn't stop her tonight. She played just 19 minutes and got 24 points for us. She had a great game.”

Hamson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, to go along with four blocks. Lexi Eaton scored 16 points and had seven rebounds. Kim Beeston went 4 for 6 from the 3-point line to help her score 12 for the night. Ashley Garfield grabbed a season-high 10 boards to go along with four points.

BYU (4-0) shot 47 percent in the game compared to just 31 for Cal State Northridge (2-3). The Cougars outrebounded the Matadors 52-32 and won the assist count 22-17.

Lexi Eaton got things started for the Cougars in the first half by driving to the basket for two quick points.

BYU got into foul trouble early in the first half, committing five fouls compared to none for the Matadors in the first six minutes of play. Cal State Northridge then followed with seven-straight fouls of its own.

The Matadors led by as many as five points in the first half at 14-9 with 13:36 remaining. The Cougars took the lead again at 18-16 after a pair of Hamson free throws. BYU kept the lead for the rest of the half, taking its largest advantage with 4:09 left at 41-30.

BYU took a six-point lead at 43-37 going into the break after Kim Beeston stole the inbounds pass from Cal State Northridge as time expired.

Kim Beeston went 3 for 3 early from the 3-point line to help extend the Cougar lead. Eaton (12), Hamson (10) and Morgan Bailey (10) all scored in double digits during the first 20 minutes of play.

Coming out of the break, Beeston hit yet another three-pointer from a Kylie Maeda assist to put BYU up 46-37. Following the three, Eaton went 1 for 2 from the charity stripe to give the Cougars their first double digit lead at 47-37.

It was all BYU from that point, as the Matadors couldn’t find an answer for the Cougars’ offense. BYU had its largest lead of the game at 76-48 with under seven minutes left in the game from a quick Bailey bucket.

Cal State Northridge rallied at the end of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars took the 82-66 road win.

“I think we didn't defend very well in the first half," Judkins said. “We got beat off of dribble-penetration. In the second half we did a little bit better job of that. I also switched up the defense a little bit and got them off rhythm and that made them stand around more."

BYU heads back home to the Marriott Center on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to face Washington State at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page

Postgame Notes

Team

BYU pulled down 25 rebounds in the first half to the Matadors 18. The Cougars won the battle in the rebound category with 52 to Cal State Northridge’s 32.

The Cougars recorded seven blocks in the first 20 minutes of action and finished with eight. In the first half, Cal State Northridge did not record a single block but ended the game with three.

For the third time this season, at least four different players finished the game scoring in double figures. Jennifer Hamson had a game-high 24. Lexi Eaton contributed 16, followed by 14 from Kim Beeston and 13 from Morgan Bailey.

In the road win over CSUN the Cougar team dished out 22 assists to the Matadors 17, marking the fourth-straight time it has had more assists than its opponents.

The 82 points in the win over Cal State Northridge are the most scored this season and the second 80-plus point victory for BYU to date.

Player

Hamson recorded her second-straight double-double and the third this season finishing with game-highs in points with 24 and in rebounds with 11. She picked up game-highs in blocks with four and went 8 of 9 from the charity stripe.

Lexi Eaton led the BYU effort in the first half with 12 points, going 4 for 4 from the charity stripe. She concluded the contest with 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds along with two assists and a block.  

Stephanie Rovetti came off the bench to lead the way in the assist category with a game-best six while pulling down a career-high seven rebounds.

Coming off the bench, Ashley Garfield grabbed the second-most rebounds on the team with 10 for a season-high in that category. She also contributed to the winning effort with four points and three assists.

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