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Hamson’s double-double leads Cougars to 59-44 win over LMU in WCC opener
LOS ANGELES – Sara Hamson’s 12 points and 12 rebounds helped lead BYU women’s basketball to a 59-44 victory over LMU at Gersten Pavilion as the Cougars opened West Coast Conference play on Saturday.
"I thought this was a good team effort for us and I thought Shalae’s basket in the third quarter gave us that lift we needed," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I thought defensively, we really did a good job. Sara was a big presence inside for us and I thought Khaedin had a really good game as well."
Along with her double-double, Hamson recorded three blocks while shooting six of nine from the field. Paisley Johnson scored a game-high 16 points while also recording four rebounds and three assists. Shalae Salmon totaled eight points, four rebounds and two blocks.
LMU (4-10, 0-1 WCC) jumped out to a 7-4 lead over BYU (6-5, 1-0 WCC) to start the game. Hamson pulled down an offensive rebound before putting it back up to cut the deficit to a single point five minutes into the first period.
Johnson cut down the middle of the lane to give the Cougars an 8-7 lead. BYU continued on its run with Johnson and Leilani Otuafi knocking down 3-pointers to extend the Cougars’ advantage to 14-7 with 3:15 remaining in the quarter.
Salmon made back-to-back baskets in the paint before Maria Albiero added a trey to give BYU a 21-7 edge. The Lions scored five points in the final 43 seconds in the period, their first points since the 6:50 mark, to put an end to the Cougars’ 17-0 run and make the score 21-12.
Salmon scored an easy layup to start the second quarter after receiving a lob in the paint from Babalu Ugwu. Hamson and Johnson both added layups of their own as the two teams traded baskets with BYU maintaining the edge, 27-16.
Both Hamson and Johnson continued to have their way near the hoop as the duo each scored a layup to make the score 31-20 with 4:11 remaining in the half. Both teams struggled offensively as neither side scored another point in the period and the Cougars entered halftime with a 31-20 lead.
Johnson led both teams with nine points at the break while Hamson scored eight points and pulled down five boards.
LMU scored three consecutive baskets in the first few minutes of the second half to bring the game within five points, 31-26. Salmon and Jasmine Moody scored layups while Brenna Chase Drollinger added a layup and a pair of free throws to help BYU answer with an 8-2 run to take a 39-27 lead with 4:08 left in the third period.
After two made Lion free throws, the Cougars continued to dominate the offensive paint with Khaedin Taito making a layup and Hamson scoring two baskets in the final 1:24 of the quarter. The quick six-point run gave BYU a 45-29 advantage heading into the final period of play.
After Loyola Marymount split a pair of free throws to start the fourth quarter, neither team scored for four minutes until Drollinger drained a 3-pointer at the 5:32 mark to increase the Cougars’ lead to 48-30.
Johnson closed out the game scoring seven-straight points for BYU as the Cougars comfortably secured the 59-44 victory.
BYU will continue WCC play against Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PST and the game will be streamed on the WCC Network.
- With the 59-44 win over LMU, BYU women’s basketball improved its record on the year to (6-5, 1-0 WCC). The Cougars took an 11-point lead at the break 31-20 and had an 18-point lead, 48-30 with 5:32 remaining in the fourth period.
- For the game, BYU shot 37.3 percent from the field, 19 percent from behind the arc and made all four free throws attempted.
- In the first half of play, LMU had grabbed 21 rebounds to BYU’s 17. At the conclusion of the game, the Cougars finished with the advantage in boards pulling down 44 to the Lions 39.
- The Cougars dished out six assists compared with four for the Lions in the first half. For the game, they totaled 11 assists to LMU’s eight.
- All 12 available BYU players saw playing time in the road win over LMU.
- Sara Hamson recorded her second double-double of the season from a game-high 12 rebounds and 12 points. She tied for game bests in blocks with three. This is her fourth game as the rebounds leader.
- Paisley Johnson led the Cougars in points in the first half of play with nine points on 4 of 8 shooting while grabbing one rebound and dishing out one assist. She finished the contest with a game-high 16 points along with four rebounds and three assists.
- Brenna Drollinger led the way in assists with a first-half high three assists. For the game, she finished with a game-best four assists along with seven points, six rebounds and one steal.
- Shalae Salmon came off the bench contributing eight points and pulling down four rebounds.
- Jasmine Moody finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and one assist.
Cougar women open WCC play on the road
PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball opens up the 2019-20 West Coast Conference race with two road games. The Cougars take on LMU on Saturday, Dec. 28 and Pepperdine on Saturday, Dec. 30. Both games tip at 2 p.m. PDT and a live video stream will be available on the WCC Network.
- The Cougars are 5-5 on the year heading into the first week of conference play
- With 398 total wins, head coach Jeff Judkins is the all-time winningest men’s or women’s BYU basketball head coach; he needs two wins to reach 400 victories, a coaching milestone
- Paisley Johnson leads the team in scoring averaging 14.9 points per game; senior guard Brenna Chase Drollinger follows contributing 12.9 points per contest; Drollinger currently ranks 26th all-time in career points with 1,078; she tops the team in assists and in steals with 3.7 and 2.0 averages, respectively
- Sara Hamson leads the way in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 8.0 boards a game and getting 3.8 bocks a contest
- In eight of the 10 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
- BYU leads the overall series against LMU 15-2 when playing in Los Angeles, the Cougars are 5-2, losing last year’s game there, 61-58
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
- LMU has compiled a 3-9 record on the season, picking up wins over Long Beach State, Cal State San Bernardino and New Mexico
- The Lions were picked to finish tied for sixth place by the coaches in the WCC 2019-20 poll while Chelsey Gipson was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team
- Four players are scoring in double figures for LMU with a team-best 10.8 points a game from Jasmine Jones; Gipson follows with 10.7 points a contest; Raychel Stanley and Ciera Ellington are each putting up 10.1 points a game
- Jones grabs a team-high 8.4 rebounds and in the assists category Gipson and Ellington tie dishing out 2.8 assists per game
- The Lions finished last season with an 18-15, 10-8 record, tied for fifth place in the league race and played in the first round of the postseason WNIT
- Head coach Charity Elliott is in her seventh season at LMU where she has compiled a 95-134 record
- The Waves finished their nonconference portion of their schedule with a 6-4 record, recording wins over Cal Poly, New Mexico State, Concordia, Cal State LA, Eastern Washington and UC Davis
- Paige Fecske tops the leaderboard in scoring with a 12.4 average; teammate Malia Bambrick joins Fecske in scoring with a 10.8 average
- In the rebounding category, Pepperdine has two players who are pulling down the most rebounds, Monique Andriuolo and Barbara Sitanggan average 6.0 boards a game; Sitanggan also dishes out the most assists with a 4.1 average and gets the most steals with a 2.1 average
- Pepperdine was picked to finish tied for sixth place with LMU in this year’s race as voted on by the league’s head coaches last October
- BYU leads the series over Pepperdine 19-3; when the Cougars play in Malibu, they have a 6-3 mark; last year each team won on its home court; these two teams played each other a third time, in the semifinals of last year’s WCC Championships in Las Vegas with BYU securing a 68-63 victory
After the two league road games, the Cougars continue WCC play at home with three straight games played in the Marriott Center. No. 17 Gonzaga comes to Provo, on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. MDT. BYU then hosts Portland on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. MDT. Both games will be carried live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.