BYU cruises past San Francisco 57-44
PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s basketball defeated San Francisco 57-44 in the Kids Game at the Marriott Center on Thursday.
"I thought today we didn't play our best offensively but our team defense was good," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "This is one of the better defensive teams that I've had. They believe in it, they are smart and we have length.
Jasmine Moody led the team with 11 points after shooting five of seven from the field. Sara Hamson scored 10 points of her own while blocking seven shots and pulling down six boards. Brenna Chase Drollinger filled the box score recording eight points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Cougars finished with 13 blocks and nine steals in the defensive battle while outscoring the Dons 38-18 in the paint.
Babalu Ugwu's put back after an offensive rebound scored the first basket of the game. Hamson made a jumper in the lane to give BYU (11-7, 6-2) a 4-3 lead over San Francisco (7-13, 0-8). Both teams struggled to score early with the game being tied at 5-5 midway through the first quarter.
The Dons found a groove from behind the arc making two 3-pointers. Shalae Salmon scored in the post with 45 seconds on the clock to make it a four-point game, 11-7, at the end of the period.
Paisley Johnson and Hamson both scored to help BYU go on a 6-0 run to cut USF's lead down to 13-12. Drollinger made a layup and drained a trey to lead the Cougars on a 9-2 run to reclaim the lead, 21-15, with 3:20 left in the half.
Maria Albiero and Ugwu each knocked down a 3-pointer late in the first half to increase BYU’s lead to 27-17 at the break. The Cougars outscored the Dons 20-6 in the second quarter with Drollinger leading the team at halftime with six points.
The teams came out trading baskets to start the second half with Hamson and Ugwu each making mid-range jumpers. Moody scored twice in the paint to fuel a 6-0 run that gave BYU a 37-21 edge five minutes into the third period.
The Cougars continued to dominate the paint offensively with Johnson, Drollinger and Moody scoring under the basket to increase their advantage to 43-23. Moody split a pair of free throws and added a fast-break layup as BYU ended the period up 17 points, 48-31.
Hamson blocked a pair of shots as both teams played aggressive defense to begin the fourth quarter with only one basket being scored in the first six minutes of play. Malli Valgardson Perri scored a 3-pointer from downtown before making a layup to give the Cougars a 53-26 lead with 3:28 left in the game. Hamson and Signe Glantz each added a basket in the final minutes of play as BYU cruised to the 57-44 victory.
The Cougars will remain at home to host Santa Clara at the Marriott Center on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST and the game will be televised on BYUtv. Tickets can be purchased on byutickets.com.
- 2,203 fans attended today’s Kids Game, making it the highest-attended home conference contest this season.
- BYU shot 47.2 percent from the floor on the game compared to San Francisco’s 26.2 percent. The Cougars also shot 23.5 percent from 3-point territory and 33.3 percent from the free-throw line.
- BYU outscored the Dons in the paint 38-18.
- The Cougar bench scored 22 points compared to one point from San Francisco’s bench.
- In blocks, BYU recorded 13 on the game while the Dons had none.
- The Cougars held the advantage in assists 18-8 and in steals 9-6.
- Two Cougars scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, with Jasmine Moody scoring a team-high 11 points and Sara Hamson adding 10.
- Moody shot five of seven on the game to reach her 11 points while also recording one assist and one steal. She reached double figures in scoring for the third time this season.
- Hamson also went five for seven from the field to score 10 points while adding seven blocks and six rebounds. The game was her seventh this season scoring in double figures.
- Brenna Chase Drollinger totaled six points, two assists, two rebounds and two steals in the first half. She finished the game with eight points to go along with four assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
- Paisley Johnson ended the first half with five points, three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. She finished the contest with seven points, six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
- Babalu Ugwu pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and added seven points, one assist and one steal.
- Maria Albiero contributed four assists, four rebounds and three points.
Cougar women host San Francisco and Santa Clara Thursday and Saturday
PROVO, Utah— Riding a three-game win streak, BYU women’s basketball (10-7, 5-2) is back home in West Coast Conference action.
The Cougars host San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. MDT, in the popular Kids Game. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Santa Clara comes to Provo for a 2 p.m. MDT matchup with BYU. Both games can be seen live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.
San Francisco – Kids Game (kids from selected elementary schools in Utah County will be in attendance)
Santa Clara – Free admission to kids 12 and under that are wearing any team jersey; at the conclusion of the game there will be a free kids clinic
- The team is nationally ranked 4th (106) in blocked shots; 5th (6.2) in blocked shots per game; 6th (33.3) in field goal percentage defense and 30th (56.5) in scoring defense
- Two players are scoring in double figures for the Cougars led by 15 points from junior guard Paisley Johnson; she ranks 30th nationally (42.7) in 3-point field goal percentage and 43rd (84.6) in free-throw percentage; senior guard Brenna Chase Drollinger follows contributing 11.8 points per contest; Drollinger currently ranks 25th all-time in career points with 1,150; she leads in assists and steals with 4.4 and 2.1 averages, respectively; nationally, ranks 37th (36.1) in minutes played
- Sara Hamson leads the way in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 8.1 boards a game and getting 4.4 blocks a contest; ranks 2nd (74) in the nation in blocked shots and 2nd (4.4) in blocked shots per game
- After 16 games played, BYU is averaging 61.3 points and pulls down 41.3 rebounds a contest
- The Cougars are holding opponents to just 56.6 points and are allowing only 37.1 rebounds a game
- In the overall series with San Francisco, BYU is 19-5; when playing in Provo, USF is 3-7; in last year’s WCC race, the Cougars swept the series with the Dons
- Against Santa Clara, BYU leads the series with a 17-2 record; Santa Clara has never won a game in Provo
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
- Entering the fifth week of WCC play, San Francisco has compiled a 7-12, 0-7 record
- The Dons have three players scoring in double figures, led by Ioanna Krimili’s 15.6 points a contest; she’s followed by Lucie Hoskova who is tallying 15.3 points a game; Mikayla Williams rounds out the scoring threat contributing 14.3 points a game
- Leilah Vigil leads the way in rebounds, pulling down 10 boards a game; Hoskova leads in assists and blocks with 2.6 and 1.2 averages, respectively; Abby Rathbun tops the list in steals with a 1.7 average
- The Dons are averaging 68 points and pull down 40.5 rebounds a contest
- USF was picked to finish in ninth place in this year’s conference race
- Head coach Molly Goodenbour is in her fourth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at San Francisco where she has compiled a 48-64 record
ABOUT SANTA CLARA
- Santa Clara has an 8-10, 2-5 record on the year recording league wins over Pacific and San Francisco; the Broncos are at San Diego on Thursday night before heading to Provo for Saturday’s game with BYU
- Tia Hay leads SCU in scoring with a team-best 12.8 points a game; teammate Ashlyn Herlihy is also putting up double figures in points with a 10.4 average; Herlihy leads the way in rebounding with a 7.5 average with Hay averaging a team-high 3.9 average in assists
- Santa Clara is averaging 72.3 points and 39.9 rebounds a game
- The Broncos were picked to finish in fifth place in this year’s WCC race; Hay was one of 10 players named to the 2019-20 Preseason All-WCC Team
- Head coach Bill Carr is in his fourth season with Santa Clara where he has compiled a 45-64 record
After hosting two home WCC games, BYU women’s basketball is back on the road for its next two league games.
The Cougars travel to Portland to take on the Pilots on Thursday, Jan. 30 and on Saturday they travel to Spokane to take on league-leading Gonzaga. Both games will have a live video stream on the WCC Network