Jan. 10, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Brigham Young University Cougars were able to slip away with a 57-54 West Coast Conference victory over the University of San Diego women's basketball team Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
After Sophia Ederaine cut the Cougar lead down to one at 55-54 on a lay-up with 39 seconds remaining, San Diego's defense went to work. USD tied up the ball, and the alternating possession arrow was in the Torero favor, forcing a critical BYU turnover with just 24 seconds remaining. USD (9-6, 1-2 WCC) then called a timeout, and after the break in action, Amy Kame dumped the ball into Ederaine on the low block, but Ederaine missed the lay-up and the Cougars (11-4, 2-0 WCC) came down with the rebound. The Toreros then fouled Kim Beeston with just 1 second remaining. Beeston hit both free throws to put the game at its final of 57-54.
Kame led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-24 shooting, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Felicia Wijenberg had one of the best games of her career, as she recorded a career-high 14 points, pulled down seven rebounds and neutralized BYU's top post player, 6-7 Jennifer Hamson. As a team, USD shot .313 from the field, but USD did out rebound the Cougars 47-34.
In the first half, it was a ho-hum effort by both teams, as USD shot just .333 from he field,and BYU shot .391 from the floor. USD was able to take advantage of several blown lay-ups by the Cougars and went on a 6-0 run over the first 2:27 of the game. The Cougars then answered right back, as they went on an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game with 13:57 to go.
USD would tied the game on a Wijenberg jumper, but the visitors then put together another 6-0 run to grab back the momentum and take a 6-point lead at 14-8 with 10:33 to go. Brigham Young then would eventually build up a 8-point lead at 22-14 on a Stephanie Seaborn free throw with 4:48 to go. San Diego then closed out the frame on a 7-3 run to go into the break down just four at 25-21.
In the second half, the tempo of play increased, as the Toreros unleashed their full court press on the Cougars and BYU had a lot of trouble breaking it, meanwhile the Toreros went on a nice 12-2 run over the first 5:10 of play to grab back a 6-point lead at 33-27. USD would manage to hold onto the lead over the next four minutes before the Cougars regained the lead at 38-37 on a Haley Steed 3-pointer with 9:00 to go.
The two teams, then traded basket-for-basket over the remaining nine minutes of play, and after a Kame jumper in the paint pulled USD back to within two at 49-47 with 1:48 to go, BYU was forced to call a timeout. The Cougars would miss a 3-pointer, and Ederaine came down with the board to give USD hope with just 1:22 to go. Back-to-back blocks by BYU's Hamson gave the Cougars back the ball, but Hamson then made a costly turnover with 14 seconds remaining. Then a flurry of activity happened at the basket for USD, and finally Katelyn McDaniel was able to grab a rebound and put it right back up and in to tie the game and force overtime.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host Loyola Marymount in a 2 p.m. WCC game inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.