Women’s basketball survives tough road game

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The undefeated Cougars snapped Creighton’s 15 home game unbeaten streak in a nail-biter victory 52-51.

“We really defended well tonight,” said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. “They forced us to defend for 30 seconds because they run a lot of motion and ball screens. I thought our defensive effort to not allow easy baskets with the shot clock running down was a big factor.”

Lexi Eaton charges toward the basket in the game against Creighton. (Photo courtesy BYU Photo)
Lexi Eaton charges toward the basket in the game against Creighton. (Photo courtesy BYU Photo)

Creighton came out hot and started the game off with a 6-0 run. But the Cougars would rally back with the help of Lexi Eaton, who scored six quick points, and the Cougars went on a 14-2 run to regain the lead. The Cougar defense stepped up huge for the team and held the Bluejays to just 1-13 from the field.

After a Bluejays three, Jennifer Hamson hit a jumper right before the half to give the Cougars the 31-22 lead. In the first half the Cougars shot 46.2 percent from the field. Hamson was dominant in the first half and had 12 points and eight rebounds. Eaton was also a key contributor in the first half and finished with eight points.

At the start of the second half, Eaton jump started the Cougars into a 9-0 run after she hit a long three. After that, the Cougars went cold and Creighton was able to go on a 14-2 run and cut the Cougar lead to single digits, 42-36.

In the end it came down to free throws, and the Cougars were able to hit some key free throws to hold on to the victory.

“We made a few mistakes at the end, but we’re happy with the win,” Eaton said.

The Cougars are now 8-0 and are on their best start since the 2005–06 season. This was the sixth time this season the Cougars have out-rebounded their opponents.

The team will hit the road again on Dec. 10, facing instate rival Weber State. Tipoff starts at 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on BYUradio.

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