LLOYD GAMEDAY: BYU women's basketball can't maintain scoring, loses to UConn

2014-03-29T16:30:00Z 2014-04-09T14:25:15Z LLOYD GAMEDAY: BYU women's basketball can't maintain scoring, loses to UConnJared Lloyd - Daily Herald Daily Herald
March 29, 2014 4:30 pm  • 

So many teams who go up against No. 1-ranked UConn women's basketball lose before they even take the floor.

BYU came out Saturday in the first half of its Sweet 16 showdown and said emphatically: Not. Us.

The Cougars not only stayed close but they actually led most of the first half, going up by as many as six points.

Even with what had become a traditional, late-first-half lull, BYU still are only down 30-29 at the break. A 9-2 run might not be ideal but against the Huskies it's huge to not have it have been more.

BYU was paced by senior guard Kim Beeston, who 13 points including three 3-pointers, while junior forward Morgan Bailey scored eight early points including a pair of treys herself.

UConn got 10 points from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis but the BYU defense did a solid job keeping the Huskies in check.

It was a great run but BYU women's basketball team couldn't keep making the shots they made in the first half and UConn pulled away to end the season for the Cougars.

BYU gave up three runs of seven or more points as the Huskies earned the 70-51 win and advanced to the Elite Eight.

While the Cougars hoped for more, that was a fantastic tournament and a really good showing against a very, very good opponent.


While UConn dominated points in the paint (16-2) and second-chance points (10-0), the Cougars shot 42.9 percent from the field (12-of-28) and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc (50 percent).

It's only one half, but it was a very good one for BYU. The Cougars know they can play with this Husky squad and that confidence is more important than any stats.

I love what I'm seeing. BYU is loose, confident and not getting caught up by mistakes.

If they can maintain touch until the final few minutes, watch out.

The Cougars just might shock the world.

-- Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd is also the beat writer for the BYU football team, the columnist for the Cougar men’s basketball team and covers a variety of Utah Valley high school athletics. He can be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.
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