Women’s basketball defeats Pepperdine behind 3-point shooting

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Makenzi Pulsipher holds the ball last season. Pulsipher scored 19 points in the Cougars' win over Pepperdine on Thursday. (Ari Davis)
Makenzi Pulsipher holds the ball last season. Pulsipher scored 19 points in the Cougars’ win over Pepperdine on Thursday. (Ari Davis)

The BYU women’s basketball team connected on a season-high 14 3-pointers to defeat Pepperdine 73-47 on Thursday night.

It was the second time this season the Cougars had five players score in the double digits.

Makenzi Pulsipher led the team as the highest scorer with 19 points and added five assists. Cassie Broadhead followed with 14 points. Brenna Chase and Kristine Nielson both scored 11 and Kalani Purcell added 10 points.

“We played really well tonight against their zone,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “This was a solid team effort by everyone. I thought the first half we played as good as we’ve played all year. Brenna (Chase) had a great game tonight. She made some key three’s that opened up the game for us.”

The Waves’ defense wasn’t enough to stop the Cougars and BYU opened up a 33-point lead late in the third quarter. Pepperdine scored 20 of its 43 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

BYU women’s basketball returns to the Marriott Center on Saturday, Jan. 20 to take on Pacific.

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