BYU women's basketball vs. San Francisco

The BYU women's basketball team celebrates a good play during a home game against San Francisco on Jan. 4, 2018.

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The BYU women’s basketball team will try to keep pace with Saint Mary’s for second place in the West Coast Conference on Saturday as it hosts Santa Clara at the Marriott Center.

The Cougars (4-1 WCC, 9-7 overall) have won five of their past six games, including Thursday’s 73-67 win at Pepperdine. Senior Cassie Devashrayee sank 14 of 16 from the foul line to finish with 22 points and four other players also scored in double figures.

Santa Clara (1-4, 5-11) is coming off a 59-46 defeat at Saint Mary’s. The Broncos forced 17 turnovers but shot just 17 of 62 (27 percent) from the field. The Gaels pulled away with a 24-11 third quarter, making 9 of 10 field goals.

BYU leads the overall series with Santa Clara 14-2 and has an 11-1 conference record against the Broncos, who have never won in Provo in seven tries.

Santa Clara is last in the conference in scoring (54.5) but is also the top defensive club, giving up just 57.1 points per game. The Broncos are also the No. 1 team in the WCC in steals per game (9.7).

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Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.