Cougars fall to Huskies 80-72 on the road
SEATTLE — Despite 22 points from Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee, BYU women’s basketball fell to Washington 80-72 on Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
"We didn’t start the game out as well as we should have," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We gave them too many easy baskets and we didn’t play defensively like we should. They got us out of our rhythm. We had our opportunities late in the game to give us a chance, but we couldn’t get it done. We need to play a lot better on the road."
Washington (1-1) opened the game with a 3-pointer by Khayla Rooks, giving the Huskies the early 3-0 advantage. Malia Nawahine and Devashrayee then hit back-to-back treys to give BYU (1-1) the 6-5 lead. Washington countered with a 7-0 run midway through the first quarter to go up by six, 12-6.
At the 3:08 mark, Jasmine Moody scored the first Cougar basket in five minutes to bring BYU within four, 12-8. Washington increased its lead to eight, but Eaton hit a 3-pointer to cut the Husky lead to three, 20-17, going into the second quarter.
After the Huskies took the 26-20 lead, Devashrayee drained an 18-footer to make the score 26-22. Washington made two 3-point field goals to extend its lead to six, 34-28, going into a media timeout.
Devashrayee hit her second 3-point field goal of the game with 4:29 to go in the second quarter. The senior then went 2 of 2 from the foul line to bring the Cougars within three, 38-35.
The Huskies scored four straight points, before Nawahine and Devashrayee went 4 of 4 from the free throw line to keep the Cougars within three, 42-39.
Chase stopped Washington’s 5-0 run, as the sophomore knocked down a 3-pointer to cut into the Husky lead. Washington led 49-42 going into the halftime break.
The Huskies began the third quarter outscoring the Cougars 11 to 6. Devashrayee put an end to the Washington run, as she knocked in her third 3 of the contest, bringing the Cougars within nine, 60-51. The Huskies then logged their largest lead of the game, 67-51, and forced a Cougar timeout.
Devashrayee and Eaton scored back-to-back hoops to stop the Washington run and bring BYU within 14, 72-58, to end the third quarter.
At the 8-minute mark, Chase found Salmon for the layup to make the score 72-60. On the next play, Chase stole the ball on the inbounds pass and scored to put BYU within 10, 72-62.
After three missed foul shots by the Cougars, a free throw by Chase put BYU within nine with 4:29 to go. Paisley Johnson then drained a 3 to bring BYU within six, 76-70, with 37 second left in the game.
BYU women’s basketball will continue its Washington road trip as the Cougars will play Eastern Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:00 p.m. PST. Links to live stats and video can be found on the BYU women’s basketball schedule page.
BYU Post Game Notes at Washington
At halftime, BYU was down by seven, 49-42. The Cougars cut the lead to six, 76-70 with under a minute left in the game off a 3-pointer from freshman Paisley Johnson from nearby Everett, Washington. But that was as close as BYU would get, eventually losing the contest to the Huskies by eight, 80-72.
BYU led the rebound battle in the first half with 21 rebounds to Washington’s 16. The Cougars finished the contest with five more boards, 43 to 38.
In assists, the Cougars had dished out nine through the half, compared with seven for the Huskies. For the game, BYU ended with two more assists than Washington, 15 to 13.
BYU had the advantage in second chance points after 20 minutes of action with 12 points to Washington’s nine. The Cougars tallied 20 second chance points compared to 12 for the Huskies.
The Huskies had five steals in the first half while the Cougars had just two. Washington finished the game with three more steals, 11 to eight.
Both teams shot well from the free throw line in the first half. Washington made all eight attempts with BYU missing just one, going 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. For the game, BYU shot 64.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Huskies shot 69.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Through the first half of action, Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led the Cougars with 12 points, going 4 of 4 from the free-throw line and dishing out three assists. Devashrayee finished the game with a game-high 22 points for her 37th double-digit performance and the 16th 20-plus point contest of her career. She also tied game-highs in assists with four.
In the rebound category, Shalae Salmon had the most in the first half with seven boards. She also had four points and one block. Salmon finished the game with game highs in rebounds with 15 and in blocks with three. She also tallied eight points.
Brenna Chase picked up her second straight game with double figures in points with 12 and tied for game highs in assists with four. She also had a game-best five steals.
Liz Eaton came off the bench contributing eight points in the first 20 minutes of action. She finished the game with her first career double figure game in points with 12, shooting 5 of 8 from the field and made both 3s she attempted.