In the highly anticipated third meeting of the rivalry trilogy against No. 12 Gonzaga, BYU’s women’s basketball team clinched the West Coast Conference title and series sweep with a commanding 82-68 victory in Las Vegas.
Highlighted by a dominant second half, the BYU women’s basketball team stormed back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Pepperdine Waves 68-63 in the West Coast Conference semi-final on March 11. The Cougars will advance to the WCC championship game tomorrow against an injury-riddled Gonzaga team that came into the tournament as the No.1 seed.
Both the men's and women's basketball teams finished their regular season schedules with wins March 2. With the postseason on the horizon, the two teams will now set their focuses on Las Vegas and the WCC tournament.
BYU Women’s basketball finished its regular season on a high note, logging a six game winning streak. Facing Santa Clara University on March 2, the Cougars scraped by with a 69-64 win, bringing their 2019 regular season record to 23-6.
With sole possession of first place in the WCC on the line, BYU topped No. 13 Gonzaga 70-68 at the Marriott Center on Jan. 17. Now hoisting a record of 7-0 in the WCC and a 15-3 overall record, the Cougars are on pace for 24 wins through their 29-game season. This would be the most wins they’ve recorded since the 2011-12 campaign when they recorded 26 wins through the 33-game season. A trio of scorers has helped BYU climb atop the WCC standings, and perhaps a national ranking is soon to come for the Cougars.
While his various awards and accolades deem him an impressive player, recent Gonzaga recruit Jesse Wade said it was at a low point in his basketball career, a shattering cut from a Utah state competition team, that would increase his work ethic and catalyze his improvement. This enhanced vision would ultimately initiate Wade’s success as a basketball player.
The Haws family welcomed a little girl in March 1998 and named her Julia. The sport of lacrosse runs in the Haws family’s blood, and somehow, Julia always had a lacrosse stick in hand growing up. Her mother, Nancy, gave her the nickname "The Bruised and Broken."