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BYU women pull away from San Diego for 11th-straight win

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Jan 26th, 2019 @ 7:58pm

SAN DIEGO — How do you follow up a 10-game win streak and an upset over a top-25 opponent?

By winning No. 11.

Shaylee Gonzales had a game-high 17 points to go along with five steals, four rebounds, two assists and a block as the BYU women’s basketball team pulled away from San Diego, 65-56, Saturday afternoon for the Cougars’ 11th-straight victory.

Paisley Johnson added 13 points for BYU (17-3, 9-0 West Coast Conference), and Jasmine Moody got 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the win.

"We made some key plays when we had to," BYU coach Jeff Judkins said in a statement after the game. "We also executed our game plan when we needed to, so those are good things. I thought Jasmine Moody had a really good game for us today. She made some critical free throws that were huge for us."

Gonzales and Brenna Chase, who finished with 8 points, three assists and four steals for the Cougars, combined for 15 points in a first half in which they never left the court. But BYU led by just one, 31-30, at halftime.

That was in large part because the Toreros held the Cougars scoreless for the final 4:01 of the half, ending on a 7-2 run that included Madison Pollock’s eighth point with 1:28 left, to cut a deficit that swelled as high as 8 points.

Pollock led San Diego (8-12, 1-8 WCC) with 12 points, and Sydney Shepard added 12 points and four rebounds for the Toreros — who swept BYU in three meetings last year.

The Cougars stretched the lead as high as 43-38 to end the third quarter, but San Diego started the fourth with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 43-all, a minute into the final period.

But the Toreros could never take retake the lead in the final quarter, and BYU used a 7-0 run to end the game with their 11th-straight victory.


BYU stays on the road next Thursday, Jan. 31, for a 6 p.m. tipoff at Loyola Marymount. The Cougars head to Malibu two days later to face Pepperdine.

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