BYU women’s basketball loses to Pacific

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BYU women’s basketball faced a tough Pacific team. The Cougars never led in the 86-82 loss Feb. 14.

Four of the Cougars players scored in double digits. Lexi Eaton had 29 points with nine rebounds, and Morgan Bailey had 28 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Makenzi Morrison had 10 points, and Kylie Maeda brought 11 points and shot 100 percent from beyond the arc. BYU had a better shooting percentage but had seven more turnovers than Pacific.

The Cougars fell behind 13-6 after six minutes of play. Pacific’s pressure defense made it difficult for BYU to set plays. Pacific went on a 7-2 run to make it 20-8.

The Cougars were able to cut the lead throughout the first half but were never able to turn the tables and gain the lead.

Bailey hit a 3-pointer to end the half and brought Pacific’s lead to five points.

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Morgan Bailey looks at the net before shooting. (Ari Davis)

Maeda hit a 3 to bring the Cougars within two to start the half. Eaton followed up with a long-range 3 to keep the score within two after a 3 from Pacific.

Pacific went on an 10-0 run to go up 56-45. Morrison hit a long-range jumper to end the run by Pacific and brought the Cougars within nine.

Eaton received a pass in from Maeda and made the lay-up even though she was fouled. Eaton made the free-throw to close the gap to eight. Bailey received a pass down low from Eaton and put it up for a lay-up with 12 minutes left in the game.

A big 3-pointer by Morrison, followed by a jump-shot from Bailey, brought the Cougars within four. Pacific went on a 9-4 run to increase its lead by nine.

Eaton was fouled after Maeda came up with a rebound off a missed shot by Bailey. Eaton made both free-throws and brought the score to 74-68 with 3:50 left in the game

Eaton had a hard-fought lay-up to bring the Cougars within four. Maeda would follow up with a 3-point shot to cut the lead to three with 2:06 left.

Eaton hit a jump shot with 40 seconds left to cut the lead to two. Pacific responded with a shot to increase the lead to four with 19 seconds left.

Eaton drove to the basket and drew the foul. She made both free throws and brought the score to 84-82 with 12 seconds left.

The Cougars had to foul to keep time on the clock, but Madison Parrish, of Pacific, made both free-throws to seal the game.

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