Weekend sports roundup: 3-point shooting ruins BYU basketball’s chance against Gonzaga


BYU sophomore Shalae Salmon drives to the basket during a game against Gonzaga. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down.

BYU men’s volleyball comes back following upset loss

After a disappointing sweep loss to No. 14 UC Santa Barbara Friday night, the BYU men’s volleyball team returned with a vengeance Saturday night in the Smith Fieldhouse.

“I just felt like we were more engaged from the start,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I was open last night in saying that I felt like we were waiting for things to happen, and tonight we went out and created things a little more – so I was happy with that. I thought we made better decisions overall.”

In Saturday’s sweep (25-23, 25-19, 25-20), the Cougars reversed roles with UCSB. BYU freshman Gabi Garcia Fernandez and senior Brenden Sander led the team in kills with 18 and 10, respectively.

BYU now heads into a five game road stretch starting with UC San Diego on Thursday.

UVU men’s basketball lose low-scoring game against Seattle U

UVU men’s basketball team fell to Seattle U 55–54 at Key Arena on Saturday night.

“I’m really proud of my team. We didn’t play well in the first half, but we played really gutsy in the second half,” said UVU head coach Mark Pope. “There are so many things that I was really proud of, but sometimes you just have to be one possession better and we weren’t tonight.”

In the first half, the Wolverines struggled to make shots. The Wolverines went into the locker room down 36–24. UVU outscored Seattle U 30–19 in the second half, but the offensive effort wasn’t enough to win the game.

UVU senior Brandon Randolph led the Wolverines with 15 points. UVU sophomore Jake Toolson contributed 14 points and junior Conner Toolson added 10 points.

The Wolverines continue playing on the road. Next UVU travels to Chicago Thursday night for a game against Chicago State.

UVU women’s basketball loses by a buzzer-beater

UVU women’s basketball lost by a buzzer-beater to Seattle U on Saturday. Seattle U senior Alexis Montgomery hit a jumper with 1.6 seconds left to beat UVU 77–75.

“That was a heartbreaker,” said Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon. “You know they’re going to their best player and that’s what the best players do. We probably could’ve made an adjustment defensively, but you have to tip your cap to them for hitting that shot when they needed it. I was still really proud of the way we fought back today.”

UVU had four players in double figures: sophomore Jordan Holland (20), senior Mariah Seals (14), senior Taylor Christensen (14) and sophomore Gabrielle Leos (12).

UVU continues playing at home against Chicago State on Thursday.

BYU men’s basketball ends three-game winning streak in Spokane

BYU men’s basketball ended a three-game winning streak in Spokane, Washington against Gonzaga. The Cougars lost 68–60 to No. 14/12 Gonzaga.

“The last couple games we had lost our physical edge and I thought tonight it was a challenge for our guys to come out and show toughness,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose. “It’s difficult to lose that one but the guys played hard and played together.”

BYU sophomore TJ Haws led BYU in scoring with 22 points and four assists. BYU junior Luke Worthington scored a career-high 16 points and sophomore Yoeli Childs recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Prior to Saturday night, BYU was one of the few teams that had beat the Bulldogs in The Kennel, which included a win when Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 and remained undefeated at the end of season play.

With the two losses last week — BYU also lost to Loyola Marymount on Thursday night — the Cougars fall to 18–7 and 7–5 in the West Coast Conference.

BYU returns home this week for two games against Santa Clara and San Francisco.

Poor shooting costs BYU women’s basketball game against Gonzaga

A bad shooting night cost BYU women’s basketball a win over the West Coast Conference leader. Gonzaga bested BYU 84–70 in the Marriott Center Saturday afternoon.

“I knew we needed to to play one of our best games to beat them,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said following the game.

Unfortunately, the Cougars (13-10, 8-4) didn’t. From the beginning, the Cougars struggled to find a rhythm on offense, only scoring 10 points in the first quarter. With the Bulldogs up 21–10 at the end of the first quarter, the 11-point deficit proved too much of a bridge for the Cougars to cross.

“We weren’t capitalizing very well. We didn’t have a good flow. We weren’t able to get multiple stops in a row and we really rely on that,” said BYU senior Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee, who led the Cougars with 24 points. …“Coaches prepared us, we knew what we were doing, but we didn’t execute and that was our fault.”

BYU next travels to Santa Clara and San Francisco on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Read a BYU-Gonzaga game recap here.

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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