Comeback falls short in 68-62 loss to Troy in Hawaii
LAIE, Hawaii – BYU women’s basketball fell to the Troy Trojans 68-62 on Saturday at the North Shore Showcase in Hawaii.
BYU (1-4) cut the lead down to three points in the final seconds but couldn’t get any closer as Troy (3-2) closed out the win at the free throw line.
Forward Lauren Gustin filled the stat sheet with her fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. This time the junior just missed a triple-double with a career-high eight assists.
Sophomore Rose Bubakar continued to emerge as a scorer with a career-high 19 points and had seven rebounds.
BYU shot 44.4 percent from the field for the game but just 2 of 10 from distance. The Trojans shot 39.4 percent but capitalized on 22 BYU turnovers, scoring 21 points off Cougar giveaways. BYU outrebounded Troy 41-35 on the glass.
BYU and Troy traded blows in the first quarter with Troy taking a 9-8 lead with three minutes to go after back-to-back buckets.
The two teams were in a defensive battle at the end of the first with BYU trailing 15-11.
Troy went on and the Cougars went cold for a 4-minute span, falling behind 24-13 with 5:29 to go in the second quarter before Bosquez hit a deep jumper.
BYU went into the half down 31-24 to the Trojans.
After halftime, both teams continued to go score for score and stop for stop with the Troy advantage 39-32 with under five minutes left in the third.
BYU made it a five-point game with two made free throws from Heather Hamson at the end of the third quarter. BYU trailed 47-42 going into the fourth quarter.
The Cougars trimmed the lead down to three points early in the quarter but the Trojans stayed in front at 53-46 with under four minutes left in the game.
Falatea cut it down to 53-50 with a layup with 3:29 to go in the game. A three on the other end pushed the deficit back to six points at 56-50.
After a second-chance bucket by Troy, Kaylee Smiler drained a 3-pointer to make it 58-55 Troy with under two minutes to play. The Trojans answered with another made jumper and held on to win it with free throws down the stretch.
BYU returns home to Provo to host Carroll College on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. MT. The game will be streamed on the BYUtv App and BYUtv.org.
BYU travels to Oahu for North Shore Showcase
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's basketball team will play two games in La'ie, Hawai'i at the North Shore Showcase on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. The Cougars play Washington State Friday at 3 p.m. HT and Troy on Saturday at 3 p.m. HT.
Both games will be played at the Cannon Activities Center and streamed via BeTheBeast.com with a subscription purchase.
- WASHINGTON STATE (NOV. 18). BYU and Washington State are meeting for the 13th time on the court and first time on a neutral floor. BYU won last year’s matchup 71-53 in Provo. Washington is 3-0 on the season, with wins over LMU, San Francisco and Prairie View A&M.
- TROY (NOV. 19). The BYU Cougars and Troy Trojans are matching up for the first time in basketball. The Trojans are 2-2, most recently coming off back-to-back losses to UCLA and San Francisco.
- LAST GAME. BYU played its best game to date but wasn’t able to complete the upset against No. 16 Oklahoma, eventually falling 77-66. A one-point game with three minutes to go, a few turnovers at the end proved too much for the Cougars to overcome.
- NEW ERA. BYU has a new head coach for the first time in 21 seasons after the retirement of Jeff Judkins. Judkins, the winningest coach in school history (455 wins) paved the way for first-time head coach Amber Whiting, a Cougar alum to take the rains in 2022-23. BYU is will also need to replace the WCC Player of the Year (Shaylee Gonzales), another All-WCC First Team selection (Paisley Harding) and an All-WCC Honorable Mention (Tegan Graham). The Cougars are also replacing point guard Maria Albiero who was tied with Paisley Harding for the most played games in school history.
- WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: BYU won its fifth regular-season title under head coach Jeff Judkins with a 15-1 record in league play. The last time the program won back-to-back regular-seasons was during 05-06 and 06-07.
- RETURNERS. BYU returns one of the nations’ top rebounders, All-WCC First Team selection Lauren Gustin in 2022-23. Gustin was a finalist for the Katrina McClain Award last year, averaging a double-double at 10.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The Cougars also return one of the squads deadliest 3-point shooters in Nani Falatea who hit 50 percent of her treys last season (21 of 42) to set a school record.