Playing its third consecutive away game, the BYU women’s basketball team dominated Weber State 84-67 Saturday night in Ogden. Thirteen out of BYU’s 17 players contributed minutes, and every playing Cougar scored points.
The Cougars (2-2) shot past the Wildcats (0-3) in the first half, taking a 48-28 lead into halftime. The second half started off more rough for BYU, and in the first 10 minutes Weber State went on a 24-10 run. The Wildcats outscored the Cougars 39-36 in the second half.
BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said he was happy with his team in the first half defensively, and even when the lead was cut in the second half, the Cougars still executed and got done what needed to be done.
It was a significantly better night for senior forwards Kristen Riley and Dani Peterson, who, in the two previous away games, scored no more than four points and six points. Against the Wildcats, Riley had seven points, and Peterson had 11.
Two Cougars other than Peterson also scored double digit points: Kim Parker and Lexi Eaton, who each had 12.
Senior star Haley Steed contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Weber State head coach Bethann Ord said her team never quit for the full 40 minutes, and they were simply outhustled in the first half.
Both teams failed to display impressive 3-pointer numbers: BYU was 2 of 13, and Weber State, 3 for 20.
The Cougars went to the free throw line 31 times, and that alone caused 26 of their points. The Wildcats went to the line 19 times, scoring 14 points at the charity stripe.
Mikell Woodfield (14 points) and Jordan Pfau (10) led the way offensively for Weber State. Woodfield also had seven rebounds and three assists.
In the final five minutes, BYU sealed the game with an 8-0 run, increasing its lead by 14 points.
The Cougars enter Thanksgiving week with two games scheduled: Wisconsin on Wednesday, and Eastern Washington on Saturday. Both will be at the Marriott Center.