BYU women’s basketball wins a nail biter in overtime

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The Cougars’ women’s basketball team outlasted Boston College Nov. 16 in overtime with a final score of 70–69 in a thriller at the Marriott Center.

Last year the Cougars fell in hard-fought battle to the Eagles, but this year they were able to come out on top with the help of Jennifer Hamson.

Guard Makenzi Morrison drives to the hoop against Boston College during BYU's overtime win. Photo by Marcos Escalona/ BYU Photo
Guard Makenzi Morrison drives to the hoop against Boston College during BYU’s overtime win. Photo by Marcos Escalona/ BYU Photo

Hamson was dominant and scored the first six points for the Cougars and kept her team from falling behind early in the game.

“I thought Jen was awesome tonight with her presence in the post,” said head coach Jeff Juddkins.

Just before halftime the Cougars led 32–31, but after a wide-open three by the Eagles, the Cougars went into halftime down by two.

Boston College started the second half out strong and was able to go up 41–36 over the Cougars.

The turning point in the second half came after a time out and the coaches told their players to stick to their game. After the time out, the Cougars were able to go on a 13–0 run and stole the lead from the Eagles 49–41.

It was a hard-fought battle to the end. With the game tied 60–60, the Cougars had a chance to win it before overtime, but they were unable to convert the game-winning shot.

The battle continued into overtime with neither team giving an inch. With just under three minute to go, Xojian Harry hit a wide-open three to help her team regain the lead 64–62.

The Cougars then sealed the deal after Ashley Garfield completed a three-point play on a put back jumper.

Three players finished the game with double digits. Hamson had a career-high 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Morgan Bailey finished with her second straight double-double 11 points and 14 rebounds. And Kim Beeston was 3–7 from beyond the arch and had 13 points.

“Boston College is a really good team,” said Beeston. “They’re probably going to finish in the middle pack for their conference. So I think it’s just a big confidence booster.”

The Cougars will hit the road for their next game when they will play Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m.

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