BYU women’s basketball defeats San Diego, wins fourth straight

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Cassie Broadhead scored 16 points in BYU’s win over San Diego. (Torrey Vail)

BYU women’s basketball took down the San Diego Toreros Thursday night on the road 65-47. It was the Cougars’ fourth-straight win.

BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said the team started out strong and carried the momentum through the game to secure the win.

“We moved the ball really well,” Judkins said. “Everyone was passing and cutting and we took advantage of some open shots. We’ve tried to focus on starting off well on the road and we did that tonight.”

BYU took off running in the first half, beginning with a 7-0 run on USD and went into the half with a 14-point lead.

The Cougars dominated offensively the whole game, shooting 48 percent from the field to the Torero’s 32.1 percent.

The win was a team effort with four players scoring in double digits and 16 points coming from the bench.

Leaking the pack was Cassie Broadhead with 14 points, followed by Kalani Purcell with 12. Kristine Nielson and Makenzi Pulsipher both scored 10 each.

Judkins said the Toreros weren’t able to compete with the Cougars’ powerful defense zone.

“I thought we played well defensively in our zone,” he said. “We had active hands and active pressure and we thought zone was the best way for us to get the win tonight.”

BYU’s high-pressure strategy was certainly effective and the team got their hands on the ball for 12 steals and were abel to slow USD to a meager 18 percent from the arc.

Purcell led the team defensively with six steals and two blocks.

Next, the Cougars head to┬áMoraga to play Saint Mary’s on Feb. 18.

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