BYU women’s basketball unable to overcome Utah’s red-hot shooting in rivalry showdown

In a rivalry clash between BYU and Utah, BYU women’s basketball team faced a challenging defeat with a final score of 68-87. Despite putting up a valiant effort, Utah’s strong offensive game proved to be a formidable challenge for the Cougars.

BYU, coming off their first loss of the season to Wyoming, looked to star forward Lauren Gustin as she notched her sixth double-double of the young season, going for 17 points with 13 rebounds. Freshman Kailey Woolston poured in another 17 points to lead the Cougars who are now 6-2 on the season.

Utah came into the night averaging just over 100 points per game, and senior forward, Alissa Pili, had her way on the court putting up a well-rounded 23 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Kennady McQueen added 18 points including four three-pointers, while Ines Vieira tallied 12 assists, demonstrating the ball movement that the Utes were able to display on their way to an impressive 87 point night.

The Cougars got down big in the first half, trailing 52-32 at halftime, and was unable to make a substantial run in the second half thanks to the Utes hitting 17 of their 34 three-point attempts on the game. The Cougars also struggled to overcome their 15 turnovers, 10 of which were committed by the starters.

BYU will look to snap the 2-game losing streak against their other in-state rival, Utah State on Tuesday 5pm ET in the Marriott Center.

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