Pacific falls at BYU

Pacific falls at BYU

Pacific women's basketball (15-8, 8-5 WCC) went on the road to BYU (18-6, 10-3 BYU) and fell 75-49 on Saturday afternoon in Provo, Utah.

The Cougars led wire-to-wire behind a hot start and 18 points from Shaylee Gonzalez. BYU shot 46% in the game and the Tigers made 26% of theirs. Pacific's sophomore Valerie Higgins led the way with 18 points.

BYU took a big lead early and never looked back after the Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening three minutes and led 24-9 by the end of the first.

BYU would go on to lead by as much as 35 in the third quarter. Pacific outscored the Cougars 17-10 in the closing quarter but went on to lose its second game to the Cougars this season.

The loss moved Pacific down to a tie for fifth place with Loyola Marymount in the WCC Standings at 8-5. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's, which both won on Saturday remain in a tie for third. BYU will remain in second regardless of what happens in the game between first-place Gonzaga and Portland, which has not tipped off yet at the time of this release.

Pacific returns to the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center next week for its final two home games. The Tigers host San Francisco on Thursday night and play Santa Clara on Saturday for senior day.

Pacific women's basketball (15-8, 8-5 WCC) went on the road to BYU (18-6, 10-3 BYU) and fell 75-49.

 

The Cougars led wire-to-wire behind a hot start and 18 points from Shaylee Gonzalez. BYU shot 46% in the game and the Tigers made 26% of theirs. Pacific's sophomore Valerie Higgins led the way with 18 points.

 

BYU took a big lead early and never looked back after the Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening three minutes and led 24-9 by the end of the first.

 

BYU would go ON to lead by as much as 35 in the third quarter. Pacific outscored the Cougars 17-10 in the closing quarter, but went on to lose its second game to the Cougars this season.

 

The loss moved Pacific down to a tie for fifth place with Loyola Marymount in the WCC Standings at 8-5. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's, which both won on Saturday remain in a tie for third. BYU will remain in second regardless of what happens in the game between first-place Gonzaga and Portland, which has not tipped off yet at the time of this release.

 

Pacific returns to the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center next week for its final two home games. The Tigers host San Francisco on Thursday night and play Santa Clara on Saturday for senior day.

 

Game Summary

First Quarter

  • BYU outscored Pacific 24-9 in the first quarter.
  • BYU's Gonzalez led all players with nine points.
  • Higgins led the Tigers with five points.
  • The Tigers shot 22% to BYU's 52% in the quarter.

Second Quarter

  • BYU outscored Pacific 20-10 in the quarter.
  • Gonzalez's six points again led all players while Higgins' five points led the Tigers.
  • Pacific shot 14% in the quarter to BYU's 42%
  • BYU outrebounded Pacific 14-7.
  • Pacific forced seven turnovers in the quarter while BYU forced only two.

Third Quarter

  • BYU outscored Pacific 21-13.
  • BYU's Paisley Johnson scored eight points to lead all players.
  • Higgins and senior guard Ameela Li scored four points to lead Pacific.
  • Pacific upped its shooting to 35% in the quarter, but BYU shot 58%.
  • Sophomore Isabel Newman picked up a technical foul at the 7:44 mark of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Pacific outscored BYU 17-10.
  • The Tigers outshot BYU 33% to 30%.
  • Pacific turned the ball over just once and recorded three steals.
  • BYU's Ashley Beckstrand led all players with eight points.
  • Freshman Kaylin Randhawa led Pacific with five points in the quarter.

Notables

  • Brooklyn McDavid had 10 rebounds for the eighth time in her career.
  • Ameela Li set a season-high with seven rebounds. Her previous best was six.
  • This was the first time the Tigers were held under 50 points in a game since 2014 when Pacific scored 43 points against Long Beach State.
  • Kaylin Randhawa had a career-high three steals.