Eaton leads the Cougars to trample Pepperdine

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The Cougars came out victorious with a solid win against Pepperdine 89-75 in Malibu, Calif., led by sophomore Lexi Eaton.

“We came out shooting well in the first half,” said head coach Jeff Judkins. “In the second half we did a good job of getting the ball inside when we needed to. Offensively, Lexi did a great job with her perimeter shooting as well as getting to the rim when we needed it. This is a good road win.”

Not only did the Cougars add another win to a great season, they also hit a season high of 26 assists in tonight’s game, outshooting Pepperdine 51 to 45 percent. Eaton led all scorers with 25 points and reached her own personal career-high of five three-pointers.

Jennifer Hamson followed closely behind with an additional 17 points, 14 boards and five blocks, making this her 18th double-double of the year. Kim Beeston and Morgan Bailey also excelled with 15 and 14 points for the Cougars, making this the 10th time this year the Cougars have had four players making double figures in game points.

Eaton started off the game with a three-pointer, and after only 3:49 of play the Cougars took a 19-7 advantage. Pepperdine gradually kept up, keeping things fairly neck-and-neck up until the game reached 36-24, BYU.

After the Cougars hit a season-high 53 points in the first half for a 20-point lead, the Cougars cruised the rest of the way for the easy victory. Garfield completed a three-point play, putting the Cougars ahead by 23 points, their largest lead of the game.

Both teams continued to shoot well after that point, but the Cougars held on to their double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the game, making this the 10th game this season where BYU has scored 80-plus points.

The Cougars will remain on the road next week for their game against Loyola Marymount, followed by the last home game of the season. The first match-up of the season against the Lions ended with a 90-72 win from BYU.

The game can be heard live on BYU radio and will be held at 2 p.m. (PST).

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