BYU women’s basketball face #1 Gonzaga in last home game

Makenzi Morrison drives around Portland's defense.
Makenzi Morrison drives around Portland’s defense.

BYU lost to Gonzaga 73-66 in its last home game of the season.

Makenzi Morrison led all scorers with 20 points. Sixteen of those came from the free throw line. Morgan Bailey had 17 points and nine rebounds in her last home game as a Cougar.

BYU turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes and fell behind by eight points. The Cougars struggled through the first half shooting 33 percent, while Gonzaga shot 69 percent from the field. Morgan Bailey had six of BYU’s 13 points with 7:54 left in the half.

Kylie Maeda brought the Cougars within six after a 3-pointer and two free throws on back-to-back possessions with 2:22 left in the half. BYU brought the lead down to 34-28 despite a three-point shot by Gonzaga to end the half.

Both teams came out with energy in the second half, and BYU kept the score within reach with 15:30 left in the game. Lexi Eaton scored her first basket of the game two minutes into the half.

Gonzaga went on a 12-4 run with 9:21 left in the game after BYU missed its defensive looks.

Morrison made four free-throws and brought the Cougars within four after a foul and technical were called on Gonzaga with 4:35 left in the game. Morrison was hit in the face with an elbow and went to the line again to keep the Cougars within four. Bailey went to the line after she was fouled on a shot and brought the Cougars within two with 2:46 left in the game.

Eaton turned over the ball on BYU’s baseline to give Gonzaga an easy basket. BYU missed its next two shots while Gonzaga scored on both its possessions and went up by eight with 35 seconds left, and BYU was not able to catch up.

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