Women’s basketball loses to Washington State

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The Washington State Cougars overtook the BYU Cougars 67-52 in Saturday’s women’s basketball game.

BYU started the game with the lead and it was 12–9 with 11 minutes left in the first half. BYU kept the lead until there was 8:54 left on the clock and the Washington State Cougars took over. Washington State went on a 10-0 run putting the score at 28–18.

BYU junior guard Lexi Eaton attempted to catch Washington State with a few fast breaks, a layup and two free throws, but BYU ended the first half behind Washington State 41–24.

The second half didn’t get much better for BYU, as the team continued missing shots and at one point was down by 22 points. Sophomore guard Xojian Harry and junior forward Morgan Bailey surged in the second half and made shots that brought BYU within 13 points of Washington State, but that was as close as the score ever got.

“We didn’t follow our game plan today, our defense was not where it needs to be and we were just out of sync today,” BYU Head Coach Jeff Judkins said in a press release Saturday.

Saturday’s loss brings BYU to a 3–3 record to start their season.

Though the team may have lost this one, there were still positive outcomes from the game on Saturday.

Eaton accomplished her sixth straight double-digit game scoring 13 points against Washington State. And Ashley Garfield came off the bench and recorded eight points, three rebounds, two assists and grabbed one steal.

“I thought that Ashley Garfield played her second straight consistent game for us, and that’s a plus for us,” Judkins said.

BYU’s bench outscored Washington State’s bench 31 to 24; BYU also outscored them in the paint with 30 to 26.

After a long run of games on the road, the BYU Cougars come back home for a game at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The BYU Cougars will take on the Creighton Blue Jays.

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