BYU women’s basketball led by top scorers In the WCC

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Lexi Eaton drives the ball to the net against Pacific on Jan. 15. (Elliot Miller)

The BYU women’s basketball team has become a contender in the WCC behind the offensive combination of shooting guard Lexi Eaton and power forward Morgan Bailey. The two are currently the first and third in the conference for scoring, respectively.

In their Jan. 15 meeting against Pacific, Eaton and Bailey combined for 63 of the Cougars’ 89 points.

“It felt good to have a breakthrough, because I’ve been trying to turn the corner,” Eaton said after her career night. “When Morgan and I are attacking, our team is hard to guard.”

Both Eaton and Bailey had historic performances in their game against Pacific. Eaton set a new career high with 32 points and eight assists, while Bailey’s 31 points tied her career high. Bailey also managed to grab 11 rebounds, tallying up her ninth double–double on the season.

“That was one of our best games of the year, no question,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “I think Morgan proved who the best player in the league is pretty quickly tonight. She got the ball in places she wanted it and scored. Lexi did a good job of getting the ball inside, and then when they started collapsing, she looked to score and got some easy baskets at the rim.”

Eaton and Bailey have established themselves as offensive weapons that are hard to defend. Eaton is averaging 19.8 ppg, while Morgan averages 18.7 ppg.

“They’re such a good one-two punch; it’s so hard to guard both of them at the same time,” Judkins said. 

Behind the offensive prowess of Eaton and Bailey, the Cougars are proving that they belong at the top of the WCC. They have won 11 of their last 13 games overall, proving that last year’s Sweet-16 finish was not a fluke.

The Cougars will be back in action at home Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. against San Diego.

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