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Good shooting helps BYU women’s hoops overcome turnover issues in win at Utah State

By Daily Herald - | Dec 6, 2022

Courtesy BYU Photo

BYU sophomore Rose Bubakar is introduced before a women's basketball game during the 2022-23 season.

LOGAN, Utah – Despite a season-high 32 turnovers, BYU women’s basketball took down Utah State 64-54 at the Smith Spectrum on Tuesday.

The Cougars overcame their turnover numbers with excellent shooting, posting 55% (23 of 42) from the field and 46% (6 of 13) from the 3-point line. BYU also held the Aggies to 29% (17 of 52) field goal shooting.

The Cougars (4-5) had three players in double figures, led by Rose Bubakar’s 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field. Nani Falatea added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Lauren Gustin chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Gustin extended her streak to nine consecutive double-doubles to start the year, leading the Cougars to a 38-29 rebounding edge.

BYU built up as much as a 19-point lead and held the Aggies (3-6) without a field goal for the last five minutes of the game. The Cougars shot 54.8 percent for the game, including 46.2 from distance and held Utah State to just 28.3 percent from the field.

The win marked back-to-back wins for the first time this season after defeating Boise State last week.

Falatea hit the first three of the game with 1:31 to go in the first quarter and Gustin followed it up with a layup on the next possession to make it 13-9 heading into the second quarter.

BYU put together a 6-0 run to stretch BYU’s edge to 21-13 in the first four minutes of the second frame. A layup from Arielle Mackey-Williams made it a double-digit lead at 30-20 with two minutes left until halftime.

The Cougars took a 34-20 lead into halftime after Falatea completed a three-point play and Bubakar got a steal and one more free throw make before the break. Falatea led all scorers with 10 points at halftime and BYU shot 60.0 percent from the field.

BYU and Utah State traded threes to start the third period but the Cougars built a 42-29 lead after Mackey-Williams drained another triple. Amanda Barcello got on the board with a trey from the corner, giving BYU its biggest lead of the game at 47-30 with 3:35 left in the third quarter. Bubukar banked in a three minutes later and Barcello added another make from downtown for a 53-34 lead.

Utah State made a run at the end of the quarter to close the gap to 53-41 heading into the final 10 minutes.

BYU went on a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back buckets by Gustin for a 59-43 lead with just over seven minutes to go.

The Aggies made another push down the stretch, turning over the Cougars and cutting the lead down to 10 points but BYU held on for the victory.

The Cougars are now 40-4 all-time against Utah State and have won five in a row in the series.

BYU plays another in-state game on Saturday, hosting No. 15 Utah at the Marriott Center at 5 p.m. in Provo. The game will be televised on BYUtv and streamed on the BYUtv App and BYUtv.org.

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