The BYU women’s basketball team rose victorious over the University of Arizona Tuesday in the McKale Memorial Center.
With the addition of long-awaited team member Jennifer Hamson, the Cougars beat the Wildcats 62-48.
“Jennifer Hamson causes so many problems for the other team,” BYU Coach Jeff Judkins said in a press release Tuesday. “Not just with scoring but her defensive presence. It’s nice to have her back. She is a great player.”
Hamson achieved her first double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds along with blocking five shots.
Arizona started out in the lead 9-5 and maintained it for most of the half, but sophomore guard Ashley Garfield came off the bench and gave the Cougars their first lead with 4:05 left before the half.
“Ashley Garfield came in and did a great job,” Judkins said. “She had a couple nice baskets and had plays on defense. She gave us a big spark today.”
The Cougars’ accuracy from the free throw line helped them control the game and maintain their lead. Lexi Eaton was six for six from the line, helping to make up her 14 total points.
On offense, BYU dominated in the paint more than tripling Arizona’s points, with a total 36 points to Arizona’s 10.
Senior guard Haley Steed showed her prowess as a pointguard in grabbing four steals and establishing eight assists of the team’s 14.
Next, BYU takse on Washington State at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash. Saturday at 4 p.m.