SPOKANE, Wash.--In its final game of the regular season, the BYU women's basketball team fell hard to WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga, 77-60, Saturday afternoon in Bulldog territory.
BYU (24-6 overall, 12-4 WCC) ends the season No. 2 in West Coast Conference standings with Gonzaga taking the regula-season title with a 25-4 overall record and 14-2 conference record.
"I thought we played 20 good minutes in the game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "Their inside presence really hurt us. (Hailey) Steed had probably one of her best games this year. Hopefully we'll get a shot at them again in the tournament."
Steed led the Cougars with 17 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. True freshman Lexi Eaton had 13 points and four assists, while senior Kristen Riley had 11 points and nine rebounds, leading BYU on the boards.
Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon led the game with 28 points.
The Cougars shot only 36 percent from the floor, including just 32 percent in the second half, andhad 17 turnovers to just 11 for Gonzaga, which shot 49 percent from the floor, sizzling the nets for 60 percent in the second half.
BYU trailed by just two, 29-27, at the half, but Gonzaga went on a 16-0 run in the second half, fueld by 14 points from Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish, to lead 48-31, and the Cougars could never come back.
• Baseball: At Moraga, Calif., multiple RBI with two outs gave pitcher Adam Miller the needed cushion for a 7-3 BYU victory over Saint Mary's in WCC play.
BYU (4-2, 2-1 WCC) won the three-game series with victories in two of the three games. The Gaels are now 5-2, 1-2.
Miller, Austin Hall and Jaycob Brugman were key for the Cougars, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead before SMC scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Hall and Brugman hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. The duo came back again with consecutive hits in the eighth when Hall tripled with two outs and was driven in by Brugman for the final run of the game.
But the two-run, two-out RBI by Tanner Chauncey in the second frame and RBI in the seventh and eighth innings with two outs keyed the victory over the Gaels.
"When you can get two-out RBI, it takes wind out of their sails," said BYU coach Vance Law. "Chauncey was big in second. Then to increase our lead when Dillon Robinson hit a line drive to centerfield and Hall hit one down the first base line were huge."
Hall, who went 4-for-5 at the plate, also came up big in the bottom of the third when Cole Norton tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at second base by the talented senior who started his first game at leftfield.
For the second game in a row, Brock Whitney recorded the game-winning RBI. Whitney's one-run, one-out single scored Hall in the fifth when the Cougars took a 4-0 lead.
Law lauded Miller as well for his five-hit performance in seven innings to pick up his first win of the year.
BYU next plays a two-game series at No. 4 Arkansas starting Tuesday.
• Men's tennis: At Denver, the BYU men's tennis team swept its third straight match, winning 7-0 over Denver.
BYU (7-5) won back-to-back matches in doubles to earn the doubles points, then got through the singles unscathed, although all five Cougars had to go three sets to win.
BYU 7, Denver 0: Singles, Georgy Batrakov, BYU, def. Enej Bonin, 6-4, 4-7, 7-6 (4); Patrick Kawka, BYU, def. Jens Vorkefeld, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2; Spencer Smith, BYU, def. Yannick Weihs, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2; Keaton Cullimore, BYU, def. Fabio Biasion, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6; Francis Sargeant, BYU, def. Max Krammer, 6-2, 0-6, 16-14; Michael Eraso, BYU, def. Alex Clinkenbeard, 8-7 (2), ret. Doubles: Batrakov/Kawka, BYU, def. Bonin/Vorkefled, 8-6; Smith/Sargeant, BYU, def. Krammer/Biasion, 8-4; Weihs/Othar Kordsachia, DU, def. Cullimore/Eraso, 7-6.
• Women's tennis: At Pullman, Washington, the BYU women's team fell 4-3 to Idaho.
The Vandals (8-4) took the doubles point with two wins. In singles, the Cougars got wins from Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, Aubrey Paul and Lisa Waldron, but it wasn't quite enough.
Idaho 4, BYU 3: Singles, Victoria Lozano, Idaho, def. Desiree Tran, 6-2, 7-5; Almudena Sanz, Idaho, def. Megan Price, 6-0, 6-4; Molly Knox, Idhao, def. Morgan Anderson, 6-2, 6-4; Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, BYU, def. Sophie Vickers, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Aubrey Paul, BYU, def. Alejandra Lozano, 2-1, def; Lisa Waldron, BYU, def. Beatriz Flores, def. Doubles, Price-Sheehan/Dizon, BYU, def. San/Lozano, 8-1; Knox/Vickers, Idaho, def. Tran/Anderson, 8-5; Lozano/Flores, Idaho, def. Paul/Waldron, 9-7.
• Gymnastics: At Provo, the BYU gymnastics team defeated in-state rivals Southern Utah and Utah State, marking its second win of the season.
"The team came back on beam and bars and did relatively well," head coach Brad Cattermole said. "They rescued themselves from what could have been a bad week. I thought they turned it around rather well tonight."
The Cougars posted their best team score in the vault of the season, with every gymnast either tying or setting season-high marks.Senior Natalie Eyre Pickard led BYU with a score of 9.875, with Sarah Yandow (9.85), Raquel Willman (9.85) and Mickell Merrell (9.825) setting career highs. setting career highs, scoring 9.850.
Eyre-Pickard also led BYU on the bars, posting 9.825. Willman was second for the Cougars at 9.800.
On the beam, Eyre-Pickard tied her season best, posting 9.85 and Willman set a career-high, with a score of 9.825.
BYU finished the meet with a strong performance on the floor, as every gymnast scored a 9.700 or above. Krysten Koval and Jennifer Lezeu both tied their season bests, with scores of 9.825 and 9.75 respectively, and Willman set her third career-high of the night, scoring 9.800.
With those three career-high scores, Willman won all-around for the first time this season, finishing with an impressive score of 39.275.
• Track: At Seattle, the BYU men's track team finished second in its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship, while the women's team finished seventh.
"We had a very good meet and did very well," BYU men's coach Mark Robison said. "It was a fun meet and I'm extremely pleased. It was a good outing for us against very good competition."
Miles Batty won the 800 meters (1:49.17) in a personal-best time. Justin Hedin (1:49.77) and Shaquille Walker (1:49.85) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Cade Lindahl set a school record in winning the 400m with a 46.25, and the men's 4x400m relay team (Rhyan Atrice, Hedin, Walker, Lindahl) was third in 3:09.71.Both Joshua Weirich was fifth in the heptathlon (5,247, personal best) and Kevin Nielsen was seventh (5,222, PB).
For the women, Nachelle Mackie won the 800m, BYU's only individual win of the day, finishing in 2:04.22.
"We got a lot done at this meet," BYU women's coach Patrick Shane said. "We were a little shorthanded because of the number of great athletes we have redshirting this indoor season but I thought we performed very well and set a number of personal records."
Lacey Bleazard was seventh in the 800m (2:06.85). Katie Palmer finished second in the mile (4:39.76). Ada Robinson and Diana Blauer tied for third in the high jump (5-8) and Taylor Stapley was fifth with the same height.Melissa Keltner was eighth in the triple jump (39-5.25, PB).
The team finished seventh overall with 41 points. Stanford won the meet with 125 points, while Arizona finished second with 110 and Oregon third with 108.33.
Several BYU athletes will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho beginning on March 8.