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Braden Taylor | Posted: 16 Feb 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Braden Taylor

BYU holds on to upset No. 13 Gonzaga 66-64


SPOKANE, Wash. – Shaylee Gonzales led the team with 19 points as BYU women’s basketball beat No. 13 Gonzaga 66-64 to sweep the in-season series for the first time since joining the West Coast Conference.

"We came out and probably played the best first quarter we’ve played all year," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We were patient and took advantage of what they were giving us. This team believed in themselves and this was a great team effort and I’m really proud of them. They competed for the entire game and didn’t let the crowd get to them or when Gonzaga came back to tie it. We remained focused."

Gonzales made five 3-pointers on her way to scoring a team-high 19 points while also adding three assists and three rebounds. Brenna Chase scored four 3-pointers on her way to contributing 14 points, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Paisley Johnson added 12 points while Sara Hamson pulled in nine rebounds and blocked three shots in the contest.

The Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to tie the game up at 62-all with 2:24 left in the game. Gonzales made a driving layup to temporarily break the deadlock before Gonzaga evened the score at 64-all with one minute remaining. Hamson came up with two big blocks in one Bulldog possession that eventually ended with a shot clock violation with 2.5 seconds left on the game clock. Gonzaga fouled Johnson on the ensuing inbound play sending the sophomore guard to the line. Johnson made both free throws to give BYU the two-point lead. Gonzaga failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded sealing the 66-64 win for BYU.

BYU-Gonzaga Box Score

Caitlyn Alldredge scored a 3-point jumper on the opening possession of the game before adding another 3-pointer and a jumper to help BYU (20-6,12-3) jump out to a quick 11-2 lead over Gonzaga (23-3, 12-2). Hamson put in a layup and Johnson made a shot from behind the arc to push the lead to 16-4 midway through the period. Chase knocked down the Cougars’ fifth 3-point shot of the quarter and Hamson added another layup to put BYU up 21-10. Gonzales scored her second 3-pointer of the quarter to give BYU a 24-13 lead at the end of the first period.

Maria Albiero scored her first points of the game on a jump shot and Johnson made a basket to keep BYU up 11 points, 28-17. Gonzales made another 3-point basket and Johnson made a free throw making the score 32-24 for the Cougars. The Bulldogs used a 6-2 run to bring the score within four points before Chase hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock to re-extend BYU’s lead to 37-30. Gonzales and Chase continued BYU’s barrage from behind the arc by making the Cougars’ ninth and 10th 3-pointers of the half. BYU held off a Gonzaga run heading into halftime leading 43-36.

Both teams struggled to score after the half with Chase scoring BYU’s first points of the third quarter two minutes in. Johnson scored a layup, drew a foul and made the layup for the three-point play to put the Cougars up 48-40. Jasmine Moody beat the shot clock on back-to-back possessions before Gonzaga cut the deficit to 53-51 with 1:42 remaining in the period. Gonzales recorded her fifth make from behind the 3-point line and scored a floater at the buzzer to send BYU into the final period winning 58-51.

On the opening possession, Johnson drew a foul driving to the basket and split the two free throws. The Bulldogs continued to hang around bringing the score within four points before Chase once again answered for the Cougars with her fourth 3-point make of the game pushing the lead to 62-56. BYU held off Gonzaga's final run with two minutes remaining to claim the 66-64 victory.

The Cougars return home to the Marriott Center to face San Diego at 2 p.m. MST on Saturday, Feb. 23. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and a link for tickets can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.

Postgame Notes – at Gonzaga (Feb. 16, 2019)


  • For the first time since joining the West Coast Conference, BYU women’s basketball sweeps the series vs. Gonzaga with a 66-64 win in Spokane. In the first meeting with the Bulldogs, BYU picked up the 70-68 victory in Provo on Jan. 17.
  • With the road win at Gonzaga, BYU women’s basketball improved its record to 20-6, 12-3 on the year. The 20 wins mark head coach Jeff Judkins’ 12th season with 20+wins.
  • In the first half, BYU shot 71 percent from 3-point range, making 10 of 14 attempted 3s. The Cougars finished the league game shooting 54.5 percent from behind the arc.  They shot 50 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.
  • The Cougars dished out 16 assists compared with six for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had the advantage in steals with eight compared with three for BYU.


  • Freshman Shaylee Gonzales led the Cougars in the first half with 12 points and ended the game with a team-best 19, making it her 24th game scoring 10+points. Gonzales made five 3-pointers for season bests in that category, dished out three assists and pulled down three rebounds.
  • Junior guard Brenna Chase dished out four assists in the first half of play. She finished with a game-high five to go along with 14 points, two blocks, two steals and three rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Paisley Johnson picked up her 23rd and 13th straight game with double-figure points with 12. Her stat sheet included four assists and four rebounds in the win.
  • Sophomore center Sara Hamson recorded game highs in rebounds with nine and blocks with three. She also contributed five points in the league victory.
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Norma Bertoch | Posted: 12 Feb 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Norma Bertoch

Final WCC road swings takes Cougar women to games at Portland and at No. 13 Gonzaga


BYU women’s basketball is 18-6, 10-3 on the year and remains in second place in the WCC standings entering this week’s road games.  

The Cougars are at Portland (10-13, 2-10) Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. PST. BYU then travels to Spokane to take on No. 13 Gonzaga on Saturday, Feb. 16 at, 2 p.m. PST. A live video stream of both games will be available on TheW.tv.

BYU at Portland Game Notes


  • In the game vs. Pacific, three players scored in double digits for the 11th time this year; BYU is 13-1 when it leads at the half; is 16-3 when making at least 5 treys; is 9-2 when dishing out more assists, last vs. Pacific; and is 10-1 when it pulls down more rebounds than its opponents, last vs. Pacific
  • Freshman Shaylee Gonzales, who has scored in double-digits in 22 of 24 games, leads the team in scoring and assists with 16.1 and 4.1 averages, respectively. Sophomore Paisley Johnson contributes 14.4 points while junior Brenna Chase puts up 11.8 points a contest. Chase leads in steals (2.4 spg). Senior forward Jasmine Moody tops the leaderboard in rebounding, averaging 5.7 boards a game. Sophomore center Sara Hamson leads the team in blocks with a 2.2 average and is third in rebounding pulling down 5.2 boards a game.
  • In the WCC in all games, the Cougars rank second in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds; third in scoring margin, rebounding offense, assists and 3-point field goals made; and are fourth in steals, turnover margin and 3-point field goal percentage defense
  • In the first meeting with Portland this season, the Cougars picked up the 79-71 victory in Provo on Jan. 19. BYU leads the overall series 23-4 and it has an 11-2 record when playing at the Chiles Center. 


  • Portland has compiled a 10-13, 2-10 record on the year and is tied in eighth place with San Francisco entering this week’s WCC play.
  • The Pilots have conference wins over San Diego and San Francisco.
  • Senior Darian Slaga is one of three players that are putting up double-digit points for Portland with a team-best 15.9. Julie Spencer follows with 14.8 points with freshman Haylee Andrews contributing 12.3 points a game. Spencer leads the way in rebounds with a 7.8 average. Andrews dishes out a team-high 3.7 assists per game.
  • The Pilots are averaging 74.3 points and 37 rebounds a contest. The team shoots 41.8 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from 3-point range and 76.1 percent from the charity stripe.


  • Gonzaga enters this week’s league action in first place with an 11-1 record and is 22-2 overall. BYU is the only team that has beaten the Bulldogs in conference play. Gonzaga hosts San Diego on Thursday.
  • Senior forward Zykera Rice tops the leaderboard in scoring and rebounding for Gonzaga with 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.  Three other players are averaging just over nine points a game. Senior guard Laura Stockton is the assists leader with a 4.4 average.
  • The Bulldogs are averaging 74.5 points and 39.3 rebounds a contest. They shoot 45.7 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from behind the arc and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.
  • In the first meeting with Gonzaga this season, the Cougars recorded the 70-68 win in Provo on Jan. 17.  The Bulldogs hold a 15-10 advantage over BYU in the overall series. When playing in Spokane, BYU has a 2-9 mark, last winning there on December 2, 2000, a 74-57 road win. Coach Judkins has a 7-14 record in the series with Gonzaga.

After the game at Gonzaga, BYU women’s basketball finishes the WCC season with three-straight home games, beginning with San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 23.


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