The BYU women’s basketball team won its first road trip game. Kicking up their season to a 2-0, the Cougars squeaked by with a 58-57 win against Dartmouth on Tuesday.
Dartmouth put up a good fight for BYU, beginning with an 11-7 lead in the first few minutes of the game.
“To win like we did today is always a confidence booster for us even if we had some tough spots throughout the night,” BYU Coach Jeff Judkins said in a news release Tuesday. “One thing we need to do is we need to come out better and execute in the beginning.”
It was a tight game against Dartmouth with the lead changing a total of 11 times throughout the game. Some key players for the Cougars made the one-point win possible including double-double achiever Morgan Bailey.
Bailey scored 12 points and snatched 10 rebounds for the Cougars reaching a career high in both categories.
“(During the last few minutes of the game) defense was going through my head,” Bailey said. “I needed to do what I needed to do for us to win, rebounding, not letting my man get threes, (Judkins) was pounding that through our heads.”
The last few minutes of the game had people on the edge of their seats as the one-point lead changed hands a number of times. The game came down to the last eleven seconds as sophomore guard Lexi Eaton was sent to the free throw line and drained both baskets putting the Cougars in the lead by three and securing the game for BYU.
Senior forward Keilani Unga showed her quick hands with three game-changing steals in the second half. Other noted players include Eaton who lead the team with 19 points and a solid 11 points for junior guard Kim Parker Beeston.
The Cougars continue to play on the road this week, traveling to Massachusetts Thursday to play Boston College at 5 p.m.