BYU women’s basketball: Cougars take victory in final minutes

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Lexi Eaton drives the ball against Pacific on Jan. 15. (Ari Davis)

The BYU women’s basketball team pulled out a 58-56 win over Santa Clara after trailing by seven at halftime on Saturday night.

The Cougars started the game flat, shooting only 32 percent in the first half. The Broncos were able to hit their shots and began the game on an 8-0 run. BYU pushed back and was able to close the gap to a 23-30 halftime deficit.

“They really pressured us,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “In the second half, we did a much better job. Morgan and Lexi are two of the best scorers I’ve ever had. When you have people like that, it makes winning a lot easier.”

Eaton and Bailey led the Cougars to victory in the second half. They both finished the game with double-doubles, Eaton with 27 points and 13 rebounds and Bailey with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

It wasn’t until late in the second half that the Cougars were able to take the lead. Eaton scored eight straight points, including six from the free throw line to put the Cougars up 47-44.

Aggressive defense and solid free throw shooting sealed the game for BYU.

The Cougars’ next game will be at home against Pepperdine on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

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