BYU falls 65-33 to No. 4 Oregon State in Maui Jim Maui Classic
MAUI, Hawaii – The BYU women’s basketball team fell 65-33 to No. 4 Oregon State in the final game of the Maui Jim Maui Classic, Thursday night in the Lahaina Civic Center.
“We came out and defended really well for about the first 15 minutes of the game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We just couldn’t score. And they have size and really good scorers. We felt that we were in it for the first half and that’s a positive for us. This is a top-10 team so hopefully, this will help us prepare for our conference race."
Brenna Chase Drollinger led the Cougars offensively with 14 points. On the defensive end of the ball, Jasmine Moody led all players with 10 rebounds and Sara Hamson led all players with four blocks.
Hamson came out big with three blocks in the first five minutes of the first quarter. A 6-0 run with baskets from Paisley Johnson and Moody extended the BYU lead to 8-2. A trey from Drollinger closed out the period 11-4 for the Cougars, becoming the first team this season to hold Oregon State to single digits in the first quarter.
With 3:23 left in the half, the Beavers took the lead for the first time in the game, but a jumper from Drollinger quickly brought it back to a tie at 17-17. Oregon State went on an 11-0 run late in the period, heading into the break with a 28-17 advantage.
A jumper from Johnson ended the scoring drought for the Cougars in the second minute of the third quarter, but the Beavers managed to pull ahead throughout the quarter. 3-pointers from Drollinger and Albiero decreased the deficit, but the quarter finished with BYU down 15 points, 45-30.
Solid shooting from beyond the arc resulted in the Beavers extending their lead in the fourth quarter with a 17-0 run.
The Cougars open up West Coast Conference play on the road against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. PST. A live video stream of the game will be available on the WCC Network.
- The Cougars shot 25 percent from the field, 50 percent from the free-throw line and went 1 of 6 from behind the arc in the first half of action. They would finish the contest shooting 21 percent from the field, 18 percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the charity stripe.
- In the first half of play, each team had four blocks. For the game, the Beavers finished with seven blocks to BYU’s four.
- Oregon State finished the game with the advantage in assists with 12 compared with just five assists for the Cougars.
- In the rebounds category, the Beavers grabbed a total of 22 rebounds in the first half while the Cougars had pulled down 19. At the end of the game, Oregon State had 40 rebounds while BYU had pulled down 35.
- BYU recorded four steals in the game to Oregon State’s one.
- Brenna Drollinger led the Cougar effort in the first half with seven points, one rebound and one assist. She picked up her seventh game scoring in double figures with a team-best 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting from the field. Drollinger also pulled down two rebounds, dished out one assist and got one steal.
- Drollinger was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Maui Jim Maui Classic.
- Paisley Johnson finished the game with six points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- Jasmine Moody came off the bench pulling down a team-best 10 rebounds. She also scored four points, going 4 of 6 from the charity stripe.
- Sara Hamson led the way in blocks with a game-high four. She also grabbed four rebounds.
- Maria Albiero scored eight points along with one rebound and one assist.
BYU plays San Jose State and No.4 Oregon State in Maui
PROVO, Utah— BYU women’s basketball closes out its nonconference schedule at the Maui Jim Maui Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii on Dec.18-19.
The Cougars take on San Jose State on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and No. 4 Oregon State on Thursday, Dec. 19. Wednesday’s contest tips off at 5:30 p.m. HT with Thursday’s game tipping off at 7:30 p.m. HT. Both matchups will be carried live online on byuradio.org and online on byucougars.com.
- The Cougars are 4-4 on the year heading into the last week of nonconference play
- With 397 total wins, head coach Jeff Judkins is the all-time winningest men’s or women’s BYU basketball head coach. He needs three wins to reach 400 victories, a coaching milestone
- Paisley Johnson leads the team in scoring averaging 16 points per game; senior guard Brenna Chase Drollinger follows contributing 11.7 points per contest; Drollinger currently ranks 28th all-time in career points with 1,031
- Maria Albiero tops the leaderboard in assists with a 3.8 average; Drollinger leads in steals with a 2.1 average; Sara Hamson leads the way in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 8.9 boards a game and getting 3.8 bocks a contest
- In seven of the eight games played, BYU has had three players score in double figures, four put up double-digit points in the home win over Utah Valley on Dec. 14
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE
- San Jose State has compiled an 8-3 record to date and is on a three-game win streak; the Spartans were selected to finish in last place in the 11-member Mountain West Conference race; SJ State is the fourth team that BYU has played this year; they beat Fresno State and Utah State and lost to Boise State
- Sophomore guard Azyhiana Basallo is one of three Spartan players recording double figures in points with a 21.3 average; junior forward Tyra Whitehead is next in scoring with a 15.3 average, Megan Anderson, a junior guard rounds out the scoring with a 10.5 average; Whitehead also averages 9.2 rebounds per game
- San Jose State is averaging 84. 6 points a game while grabbing 36.3 boards a contest
- Head coach Jamie Craighead is in her sixth season at San Jose State where she has compiled a 72-124 record
- In the series history, BYU leads the series 3-2 and this is the first time the two teams have met since 1999
ABOUT OREGON STATE
- Oregon State enters the Maui Jim Maui Classic with a perfect 9-0 record; the No.4 ranked Beavers are the fourth team from the Pac-12 that the Cougars play this season; BYU is 0-3 against those opponents
- The Beavers have a balanced scoring threat with four players scoring in double digits, led by a double-double from senior guard Mikayla Pivec with 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, guard Destiny Slocum is next with 14.6 points, teammate Taylor Jones is contributing 13.6 points while Aleah Goodman averages 10.8 points a contest; Pivec also leads the away in assists and steals with 5.9 and 1.8 averages; Kennedy Brown gets the most blocks with a 2.0 average
- Oregon State is averaging 78.9 points and 45.2 rebounds a game; the team was selected to finish third in the Pac-12 race
- In his 10th season with the Beavers, head coach Scott Rueck has compiled a 214-97 record
- Oregon State has a 7-4 advantage in the series with BYU
BYU opens up West Coast Conference action on the road at LMU on Dec. 28 and Pepperdine on Dec. 30.