The BYU women’s basketball team fell to Cal State University-Northridge early Wednesday morning, 63-54 to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Morgan Bailey scored 22 points, dished out three assists and grabbed two rebounds to lead BYU, but her efforts weren’t enough as the Cougars dropped their second game in a row. Lexi Eaton chipped in eight points, but shot only 2-12 from the field.
BYU coach Jeff Judkins gave credit to CSUN in the victory, but realizes that his squad will need to tighten up its play if they want to start winning this season.
“I think what killed us was their rebounding,” Judkins said. “They had 22 offensive rebounds and it gave them a lot of second and third opportunities to score, especially late in the game. We have to do better at rebounding and we need to make shots in crunch time.”
The stats backed Judkins’ statement up, as CSUN out-rebounded BYU 48-31.
BYU jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead early in the game, but watched as that lead vanished over the course of the first half. CSUN outscored BYU 32-13 the rest of the first half to take an 11 point lead into halftime.
BYU rallied in the second half, pulling within three points with a little under eight minutes left in the game, but the Cougars couldn’t get the necessary rebounds late in the game to complete the comeback.
BYU next hosts Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. BYUtv will broadcast the game live.