BYU women’s basketball punches ticket with WCC Championship title

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The BYU women’s basketball team made history Tuesday afternoon when they beat the San Francisco Dons 76–65 to claim the West Coast Conference Championship game. As a No. 5 seed, the Cougars became the lowest seeded team to ever win the WCC Tournament. Prior to today, the lowest seed has been a four-seed team. With the win, the Cougars are granted an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The BYU women’s basketball team seemed to have something in common with the men’s team, especially in the first half — threes were their new best friend. Makenzi Morrison continued her domination behind the arc, staying perfect with her first four attempts. Morrison ended the game 5–7 on three-point attempts with a total of 19 points.

In the first half of the WCC Tournament against the San Francisco Dons, the Cougars went 8–11 from behind the arc, shooting just under 72.7% of their three attempts.  

A 17–0 run in the middle of the first half gave the Cougars a cushion as they led the Dons 39–27 at the half.

Although the Cougars had a 12 point lead at halftime, the Dons weren’t ready to hand over the trophy. San Francisco battled the frazzled Cougars in the second half, cutting the deficit to 10. However, the Dons weren’t ever able to get closer than 9 points and the Cougars widened their lead to as much as 16 points.

In the Cougars third appearance in the WCC Championship game in the last four years, Springville native Lexi Eaton led the Cougars with 22 points and was second in rebounding with 7 rebounds.

 

Senior Morgan Bailey showed patience down low as she worked her way to 20 points and 8 rebounds.

“For us numbers don’t mean anything, so we are so excited to be here. … And we are so ready for the next step,” Eaton told ESPN after the game.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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