Women’s basketball defeats Santa Clara in double overtime



Ari Davis
Cassie Broadhead scored 28 points in BYU’s double-overtime victory over Santa Clara. (BYU Photo)

The BYU women’s basketball team outlasted Santa Clara 72-66 in double overtime on Thursday night.

Cassie Broadhead nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to its second overtime.

With a three at the buzzer, Cassie Broadhead tied up the game to go into double overtime for the win. Broadhead finished with a team-high 28 points in the win.

“I have great teammates around me,” Broadhead said. “I can hitch out to Kenzi (Pulsipher) and Fuller (Kristine Nielson) to hit shots, and Kalani (Purcell) is such a play maker. So, it’s hard to double team anybody.”

Purcell and Pulsipher both played an aggressive game, staying in for 50 minutes. Purcell was closer than ever to a triple double with 10 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists. Pulsipher added 15 points.

BYU squandered a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos going on a 16-2 run to take the lead.

“We got up on them,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “(We were up) five at the half. In the third quarter we got up on them 12, and then all of a sudden they started throwing stuff up. They started hitting threes, hitting shots, they got us out of the zone… then we just got out of rhythm.”


After falling behind in overtime, Nielson hit a critical 3-point shot to bring the Cougars back in the running before Broadhead sent the game into its second overtime period.

The Cougars took control from there on out to win by six points.

“I’m just real proud of them,” Judkins said. “I thought we outplayed (Santa Clara) tonight. Everyone that got in tonight was part of our win.”


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