Woolston finds shot again as BYU women pull past Boise State

BYU forward Lauren Gustin (12) defends against Boise State during an NCAA women's basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. (Courtesy, BYU Photo)

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PROVO — Kailey Woolston got her confidence back Saturday afternoon.

Woolston poured in 18 points including 4-of-4 from 3-point range with three assists, and Lauren Gustin added 16 points and 18 rebounds as BYU women's basketball pulled past Boise State 65-50 at the Marriott Center.

Kaylee Smiler added 8 points and five assists and Lauren Davenport scored 8 for the Cougars (8-2), who won eight of their first 10 games of a season for just the third time in 10 years.

Emma Calvert had a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with 6 points and three assists.

"Kailey had a really hard game last game, and I just told her after 'shooter's shoot,'" said BYU coach Amber Whiting of Woolston, who had just 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting in a 72-66 win over Utah State. "She's just got to keep shooting."

Abby Muse led the Broncos (7-3) with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Broncos (7-3), who were outrebounded 52-39 and gave up 11 points on 13 turnovers with 10 in the wire-to-wire loss.

Woolston had 10 points and three assists, and Gustin added 12 points and seven rebounds before the break as the Cougars held Boise State to 1-of-6 shooting to open the second quarter in turning a 15-13 edge into a 37-26 halftime advantage.

"I think it started off on the defensive end, being able to get those stops and push in transition," Woolston said. "We had them on their heels, and were able to push out from there."

Woolston's 3-pointer highlighted a run of four-straight makes for the Cougars in the third quarter, and BYU limited the Broncos to two field goals in the final six minutes of the third quarter to pull ahead, 53-37 on Lauren Davenport's 3-pointer to end the frame.

BYU has a week off before hosting Idaho State on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. MST.

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