Senior Mindy Bonham led all scorers with 19 points for second consecutive game this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
OREM -- Playing just a few miles from home, the BYU women’s basketball had no trouble getting the 74-47 victory over Utah Valley University, Thursday.
"I thought Mindy had another great game tonight," said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. "I'm also proud of how Dani played tonight, she gave us a nice spark. I think our bench was really solid in tonight's game and gave us a big lift."
Senior Mindy Bonham led all scorers with 19 points to tie her season-high and end just one point shy of reaching her 1,000th career point. Her seven assists were also a season-high. With the 19 points against Utah Valley, Bonham has now recorded double-figures in seven games this year.
Joining Bonham in double-figures for the fourth time this season was teammate Kristen Riley with 10 points against the Wolverines.
Freshman Jennifer Hamson and junior Dani Peterson both recorded season-highs with eight rebounds apiece to lead the Cougars.
BYU (6-3) held the Wolverines (1-7) scoreless for three minutes late in the first half after having some difficulty shooting in the opening minutes of the game. The defensive effort sparked a 12-0 run for the Cougars with seven of those points coming from Bonham who finished the half with 14 points to lead all players.
Utah Valley took their last shot of the half with six minutes still to go while the Cougars proceeded to take a 17-point lead as they left the hardwood for halftime.
The Cougars started the second half on a 20-10 run to bring the victory even closer. Both teams finished the game strong but BYU’s lead proved too much for the Wolverines to catch up with.
The BYU women’s basketball team will return home to the Marriott Center on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. to host Weber State.
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BYU vs. Utah Valley University
BYU led UVU 36-19 at halftime. The Cougars improved to 6-0 when leading at the break.
For the first time this year, two players scored in double figures for the Cougars. BYU finished the game with 74 total points marking the second time that the Cougars have scored at least 70 points in a win.
The 19 points made by the Wolverine’s in the first half were the second lowest by a Cougar opponent this season.
The Cougars outrebounded the Wolverines 39 to 34, the fifth time this year that they’ve grabbed more boards then their opponents.
The team put up eight three pointers in the victory, improving their record to 6-3 when making at least five treys in a game.
BYU shot 80 percent from the free throw line, going (12-15) which tie for season bests.
Mindy Bonham scored 14 of the Cougars 35 first half points to lead all scores at the break. She finished the game with 19 tying her season high. The 19 points bring her within one, 999 of reaching BYU’s exclusive 1,000-point club. The double digits on the night mark her seventh this year, third straight and 47the overall.
Bonham also dished out seven assists for season highs in that category.
Kristen Riley scored 10 points in the win recording her fifth this year, second straight and 17th in her career.
Dani Peterson grabbed eight rebounds for season highs and tied for team highs
Jennifer Hamson grabbed eight rebounds for season and career highs. They also tied for team highs.