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Gonzales and Harding too much for San Diego in 73-64 win
SAN DIEGO – BYU sophomore guard Shaylee Gonzales scored 29 points and the No. 17 BYU women’s basketball team beat San Diego 74-63 on the road to remain perfect in league play.
The Cougars (15-1, 5-0) overcame some early turnover struggles thanks to shooting an efficient 55.8 percent for the game and holding San Diego (10-7, 2-3) to 36.7 percent from the field.
"That's how San Diego plays," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "They make you do a lot of things to get you out of rhythm. We did a much better job in the second half."
The game was a four-point game at half, but a 21-10 third quarter in favor of BYU put the Cougars in control for the rest of the game.
BYU’s backcourt duo of Gonzales and Paisley Harding powered the offensive attack, with Gonzales’ season-high 29 and Harding adding 19 points of her own. Gonzales also added eight rebounds and four assists while Harding grabbed five boards and three assists.
"Those two girls were very good today," Judkins said. "It's relieving to have those two. They let the game come to them, especially today. It made a big difference. They let the system get them shots and let their teammates help them."
Both shot high percentages as well with Gonzales going 11 of 15 from the field and Harding 7 of 12.
San Diego led 8-7 with five minutes left in the first quarter despite five points from Gonzales out of the gate.
Gonzales added two more buckets, putting BYU back in front 11-8 with two minutes to go. Harding made a layup at the end of the first quarter, pushing BYU to a 15-11 lead at the end of the first.
With five left until halftime, San Diego put together a 6-0 burst to retake the lead at 24-23 but Gonzales had another answer, hitting her second triple of the game to put BYU back in front 26-24.
A steal and a three-pointer by Nani Falatea made it 36-30 inside of one minute to go until the break. The Cougars took a 36-32 lead at halftime. Gonzales had 16 at the break to lead all scorers.
BYU started the second half with six straight points to make the lead 10 points in the first three minutes, forcing the Toreros to regroup in a timeout.
Harding made a trey, Sara Hamson added a two and Gonzales and Lauren Gustin each added a bucket, giving BYU its 55-40 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Cougars stayed in front 57-42 heading into the last 10 minutes.
After BYU stretched the advantage to 20, two quick layups during a 6-0 run from San Diego made it 64-50 with five minutes remaining.
The pesky Torero team didn’t go away quietly, cutting it to single digits at 71-62 with 1:43 remaining in the game after another three-pointer. San Diego hung around until the end but BYU finished off the game with a 74-63 win.
The Cougars and Toreros meet again Monday in Provo in a 5 p.m. tipoff at the Marriott Center. The game is the rescheduled contest from a COVID-19 postponement back in December. The game will be televised on BYUtv.
No. 17 BYU visits San Diego Saturday, hosts Toreros Monday
PROVO, Utah – After some rescheduling, No. 17 BYU women's basketball travels to San Diego to play the Toreros on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. PT and after a quick turnaround, hosts San Diego at the Marriott Center on Monday at 5 p.m. MT.
Monday's game is rescheduled from the original Dec. 30 date, postponed due to COVID-19 issues with San Diego's program.
Saturday's contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion will be broadcast on Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal, NBC Sports Bay Area, Root Sports NW and available on the WCC Network (only available out of the San Diego, Bay Area and Northwest markets).
The game in Provo on Monday at the Marriott Center will be available on BYUtv.
Consistent with current BYU requirements, all in attendance at the Marriott Center will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test upon entry. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status. Find more details at byu.edu/coronavirus.
BYU at San Diego
Saturday, Jan. 22
1 p.m. PT
TV/Stream: Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal, NBC Sports Bay Area, Root Sports NW, WCC Network
On Twitter: @BYUwbb
San Diego at BYU
Monday, Jan. 24
5 p.m. MT
On Twitter: @BYUwbb
- LAST GAME: BYU was dominant with back-to-back 40-point wins over Saint Mary’s and LMU on the road. BYU’s Thursday game scheduled at Pepperdine was postponed due to COVID-19 issues at Pepperdine.
- The Cougars moved up to at No. 17 in the AP Top 25 this week. BYU is ranked for the eighth consecutive week for the first time since 2006. The program’s highest ranking ever came earlier this year at No. 16.
- BYU is ranked No. 10 in scoring margin at +19.1 points per game and ranks No. 16 in scoring offense at 78.7 points per game. The Cougars are also No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio (1.49), No. 4 in assists per game (19.9), No. 14 in field goal percentage (46.3) and No. 24 in field goal percentage defense (35.1).
- As of Jan. 20, Lauren Gustin ranks No. 2 nationally in rebounds per game (12.4), No. 3 in offensive boards per game (4.9), Maria Albiero is No. 6 in assist to turnover ratio (2.91), Sara Hamson is No. 10 in total blocks 41) and No. 12 in blocked shots per game (2.73), Tegan Graham is No. 23 in 3-pointers per game (2.87) and Shaylee Gonzales is No. 47 in points per game (18.2).
- Shaylee Gonzales was named one of 15 players on the Becky Hammon Mid-major Player of the Year Midseason Watch List
About San Diego (10-6, 2-2)
- The Toreros are off a 2-2 in WCC play and are coming off back-to-back losses to Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
- San Diego's last matchup against the Cougars took place on January 4, 2021 and resulted in a 58-56 win under head coach Cindy Fisher.