Proficient 3-point shooting leads BYU women’s basketball to victory over UVU

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BYU guard Malia Nawahine drives to the basket. (Photo by BYU Photo)

A myriad of 3-pointers from the BYU guards led the Cougars to a 75–54 victory over UVU in the UCCU Crosstown Clash on Tuesday. The Cougars move to 3–1 on the year while the Wolverines remain winless at 0–4.

BYU guard Malia Nawahine led all scorers with 21 points as she went eight for 13 from the field and five for nine from three. Sophomore guard Brenna Chase contributed with 16 points including four threes and senior guard Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee recorded her first double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 assists. UVU sophomore guard Gabrielle Leos led the Wolverines with 16 points.

“I’m pretty proud of our team in some areas,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “We did shoot the ball very well tonight. I figured we would because of their zone (defense). This is probably the first time in a long, long time that I’ve got three really good perimeter shooters that are confident and can shoot the three.”

The Cougars shot 59 percent from the field including 48 percent from 3-point range while the Wolverines only shot 28 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3-point range.

“This is probably the first time in a long, long time that I’ve got three really good perimeter shooters that are confident and can shoot the three.” — Jeff Judkins, BYU women’s basketball coach

BYU started out hot from the 3-point line. Two pairs of threes from both Chase and Nawahine plus one from Devashrayee led BYU to a 21–8 early lead. UVU then went on a 6–0 run of their own to get back into the game and the Cougars led 21–14 after the first quarter.

Both teams struggled with turnovers in the second quarter. By the end of the half, the Cougars had 14 turnovers compared to the Wolverines 10. UVU also had a hard time putting the ball in the basket. They were unable to score a field goal in the final nine minutes of the quarter and put up only five points. BYU found a way to put up 11 points including a Devashrayee 3-pointer to end the half. The Cougars held the 32–19 halftime advantage.

The UVU offense picked up in the third quarter, scoring 20 points but BYU remained in control of the game as they put up 23 points. The Cougars took a 16 point lead, up 55–39, into the fourth quarter.

Momentum started to shift towards the Wolverines in the fourth quarter until Chase stole the ball from UVU guard Taylor Christensen and sunk a tough layup with the foul followed by a 3-pointer with four minutes to play. BYU went on to win 75–54 and never trailed in the game.

The Wolverines will hit the road looking for their first win of the season against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25. Meanwhile, the Cougars will remain at home looking for their third straight win when they face Georgia on Saturday. The game will be televised on BYUtv. Fans can also listen live on BYU Radio-Sirius XM 143.

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