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Joseph Hovey | Posted: 4 Feb 2021 | Updated: 18 Feb 2021
Joseph Hovey

Gustin Dominant as BYU Rides Over Waves

Lauren Gustin goes to the basket against Pepperdine
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PROVO, Utah – Powered by Lauren Gustin’s historic performance, BYU women’s basketball broke away from Pepperdine for a 75-61 win on Thursday night at the Marriott Center.

BYU vs. Pepperdine Final Box Score

“It was a fun night,” Gustin said. “I feel like we started out a little bit rough, but we pulled things together by the end and got the win.”

Gustin’s 27-point, 20-rebound night was not only fun but culminated in the greatest rebounding performance at home from a BYU women’s basketball player in the last 40 years.

With under two minutes to play, a Pepperdine three-pointer fell short and into the clutches of the sophomore forward. The BYU bench erupted in cheers and applause as Gustin checked out for the final time. Gustin’s rebounding performance is the sixth best in program history at the Marriott Center, placing her among BYU greats such as Tina Gunn and Melanie Sorenson.

“I thought Lauren played outstanding tonight,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Her mental toughness and physicality are really impressive.”

While Gustin dominated Pepperdine in the paint, guards Shaylee Gonzales and Paisley Johnson-Harding pitched in on both sides of the floor. Gonzales’ two steals and Johnson-Harding’s two drawn-charges helped BYU dominate the turnover battle, with 19 points off 15 takeaways.   

Though the Cougars cruised in the end, Pepperdine gave them all they could handle in the opening quarters. BYU escaped the first half with a six-point lead, following a Johnson-Harding put-back bucket at the buzzer.

In the second half, BYU’s defense clamped down, pushing Pepperdine to shoot late in the clock and capitalizing on turnovers. One such sequence saw sophomore guard Kaylee Smiler block a Pepperdine shot, setting up freshman guard Tahlia White’s first of two three-pointers. This gave BYU a game-high lead of 12 at 53-41 heading into the fourth quarter.  

Despite an 11-0 run from the Waves late in the game, BYU stayed in front by sharing the ball and getting to the free-throw line. On the night, BYU shot 11 of 15 from the charity stripe and moved the ball to the tune of 21 assists and just five turnovers.

“I thought we had moments, especially in the second half, where we played really well,” Judkins said. “I thought we did a good job of grinding things out and coming away with the win.”

With Thursday’s win, BYU moves to 10-3 on the season and 6-2 in WCC play at second place in the conference.

Gustin, Gonzales and the Cougars return to action against Loyola Marymount at the Marriott Center on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv. 

Player Notes

  • Gustin secured her eighth double-double of the season just three minutes into the second quarter. She finished the game with 27 points and 20 rebounds, both BYU career highs
  • Gustin’s 20 rebounds is the sixth most by a BYU women’s basketball player in Marriott Center history. It is the most since Tina Gunn pulled down 23 boards in a game against Utah State during the 1979-80 season
  • Gonzales stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes of action
  • Albiero also scored in double figures for the Cougars, contributing 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal
  • Harding totaled nine points, five assists and two steals
  • Graham tallied seven points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal
  • White, coming off the bench, knocked down both her 3-point attempts to score six points in 10 minutes
  • Fourteen different Cougars checked into the game for BYU, including Kayla Belles-Lee, who saw her first couple minutes of playing time in a Cougar uniform coming off an injury

Team Notes

  • The Cougars forced 15 turnovers on the night while giving up just five of their own, tying their season low
  • BYU scored 38 points in the paint to the Waves’ 24 and had 14 second-chance points compared to Pepperdine’s four
  • The Cougars won the rebounding battle, 45-34. BYU had 19 offensive boards to the Waves’ six
  • In assists, the Cougars tied their season-high with 21 while Pepperdine dished out 11
  • BYU shot 39% from the floor, 21% from three and 73% from the foul line
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Josh Carter | Posted: 3 Feb 2021 | Updated: 4 Feb 2021
Josh Carter

Cougars Return Home for Matchup with Pepperdine

P. Harding Pass vs. SMC 2020-21

PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center to host Pepperdine on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. MST. The contest will be streamed live on the BYUtv App.

The Cougars (9-3, 5-2), fresh off a narrow 63-56 loss at No. 19 Gonzaga Tuesday night, remain in second place in the WCC standings behind only the Zags. The Waves (3-10, 0-9) are coming off back-to-back home losses to Santa Clara over the weekend and currently sit in 10th place in the WCC standings.

BYU vs. Pepperdine Game Notes

ABOUT BYU (9-3, 5-2)

  • Despite falling just short to No. 19 Gonzaga in the final minutes Tuesday night, the Cougars remain in second place in the WCC standings, four games back from the Zags and a half-game ahead of Santa Clara and Portland
  • Lauren Gustin, who pulled down a game-best 10 boards versus Gonzaga, ranks 2nd in the nation in rebounds (13.2 rpg) and defensive rebounds per game (9.9)
  • Shaylee Gonzales is the WCC’s leading scorer (19.8 ppg) and the 32nd highest scorer in the nation
  • Along with Gonzales, Paisley Johnson Harding (12.0 ppg) and Gustin (11.5 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring. Coming off the bench, Tegan Graham is scoring 8.3 points per game
  • Sara Hamson is averaging 2.5 blocks per contest, good for second in the WCC and 22nd in the nation
  • As a team, BYU leads the WCC in field-goal percentage defense (.357) and 3-pointers per game (7.7). The Cougars rank second in the conference in scoring offense (70.7 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.460)


  • After winning their first three games of the season, the Waves have lost 10 straight and currently sit in 10th place in the WCC standings
  • Junior guard Malia Bambrick (11.8 ppg) and senior forward Monique Andriuolo (10.2 ppg) lead the team in scoring
  • Andriuolo is averaging a team-best 8.1 rebounds per game and 0.7 blocks per contest
  • Freshman forwar Kendyl Carson is the Waves’ assist leader (1.8 apg) while junior guard Cheyenne Givens is averaging a team-best 1.8 steals per game
  • As a team, Pepperdine is scoring 57.8 points per game and shooting 38.4% from the floor on the season. The Waves rank fifth in the WCC in scoring defense, giving up 63.5 points per contest, and second in offensive rebounds per game (13.0)
  • Pepperdine finished sixth in the WCC regular season standings last season and advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament before falling to San Diego. The Waves were picked to finish 7th in the 2020-21 Preseason WCC Poll


  • The Cougars are 22-3 all-time against Pepperdine, dating back to the 1979-80 season
  • BYU has never lost to the Waves in the Marriott Center (10-0)
  • Last season, the Cougars swept the regular season series but lost 62-51 to Pepperdine in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament


BYU remains at home to host Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

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