(Photo by Meagan Larsen/BYU Photo)
With an impressive 81-47 home win over West Coast Conference foe San Francisco, the BYU women’s basketball team (15-4, 5-3) continues league play at home. The Cougar women host Santa Clara (7-12, 3-5) Saturday at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live on BYUtv.
Senior center Jennifer Hamson is one of three Cougar players who are putting up double digits in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. She has scored in double figures in all but three games. Sophomore guard Lexi Eaton is averaging 15.8 points per game with teammate Kim Beeston rounding out the double-digit output, contributing 11.7 points per contest.
As a team, BYU is averaging 70.8 points per game and is holding opponents to 65.3 points. The Cougars have recorded more blocks than opponents in all but one game (at Gonzaga) and have dished out more assists in 15 of the 19 games played to date. They have also recorded more rebounds in 14 contests.
About Santa Clara
Santa Clara comes to Provo with a 7-12 record and a 3-5 mark in league action after losing at San Diego 79-55 Thursday.
Three Broncos are putting up double figures in scoring led by 15.3 points from Nici Gilday. She’s followed by Jo Paine who is tallying 10.7 points, with Ruta Zurauskyte contributing 10.7 points per game. Marie Berthold leads the team in rebounds pulling down 5.8 boards per contest. Santa Clara is shooting 42 percent from the field, 76 percent at the free throw line and is scoring 69.6 points per game.
BYU leads the series 6-1. When playing in the Marriott Center, Santa Clara is 0-3.
In last year’s WCC campaign, the Cougar women recorded a sweep over the Broncos. They won 65-48 on Feb. 2 in Santa Clara and then picked up a 65-42 victory on Feb. 14 in Provo.
After Saturday’s game against Santa Clara, BYU travels to northern California to battle league foes Saint Mary’s and Pacific on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1