Cougars surge past UNLV in Smith Fieldhouse

Makenzie Morrison dribbles up the court against UNLV. (Universe Photo)

Makenzi Morrison scored a career-high 17 points to help lead the Cougars to a 76-61 victory over UNLV in the Smith Fieldhouse. This win gave BYU a winning record at 4-3.

“I thought we played a really nice game tonight,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “Our starters came out and gave us a great lift to start the game. We weren’t very good for the first five minutes, but we made some adjustments and did a really good job defensively.”

After a rough start, the Cougars scored eight straight to take a 18-14 lead. Fifteen of Morrison’s points came in the first half as she helped her team enter halftime with a 39-25 lead.

Ashley Garfield had a strong performance for the Cougars, scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. This was Garfield’s second career double-double. Morgan Bailey also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. This was her 10th career double-double. Lexi Eaton led BYU in scoring, with 19 points on the night.

The Cougars came out strong in the second half, going on a 10-0 run led by Eaton, who had six points in the run. Eaton also accounted for six points in another 8-0 Cougar run with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

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Xojian Harry drives to the basket against UNLV. (Universe Photo)

After this run, the Cougars had a commanding 62-33 run that allowed for their bench to see playing time. Fourteen different players were on the court for BYU tonight.

BYU takes on Colorado State next at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City Saturday at noon.

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