BYU women’s basketball defeated Colorado State 69-58 in Salt Lake City Saturday behind a monster game from Lexi Eaton.
The Cougars came into the game riding high after a big win against UNLV in the Smith Fieldhouse. The team started the game hot but ended the first half poorly, shooting only 13-for-32 through the first 20 minutes of play. BYU turned things on in the second half, as the bench came up big with 15 second-half points.
Eaton recorded her fifth straight game scoring in double figures, tallying 30 points on 10-of-18 from the field, including five 3-pointers on the game. The junior also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cougars, recording her third career double-double.
“I’m really happy; it’s a nice win for us,” BYU women’s basketball head coach Jeff Judkins said. “(Colorado State) is a very good team; they’re going to win their conference. I thought Lexi played an outstanding game. She really took it upon herself to move and get the ball and scored in a lot of different ways today. It was nice to see our bench play a lot better today as well.”
That bench produced 19 points for the Cougars, with a big lift coming from Xojian Harry during the second half. Harry, who tied her career-high in points, netted 13 on the game and added three rebounds, helping BYU to a 10 rebound advantage over Colorado State.
BYU led 33-25 at the half, but a key 10-0 run during the second half was key to pushing the lead to double digits, forcing Colorado State to fight back from a large deficit. The team’s biggest lead of the game came midway through the second half when it went up by 18. The Rams chipped away at the lead but weren’t able to complete the comeback.
With the win, the Cougars move to 5-3 on the season. The team plays its next game at home, taking on Weber State in the Marriott Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (MST). Viewers can watch from home on BYUtv or online at byutv.org