The BYU women’s basketball team remained perfect in West Coast Conference play with an 83-58 win over Pepperdine Thursday night at the Marriott Center.
Paisley Johnson led the Cougars with 24 points while Brenna Chase had 23 and Shaylee Gonzales added 22.
“It’s as good of a guard lineup as I’ve had in a long time – the three of them,” said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. “How can you guard them? They’re playing well together (and) playing with a lot of confidence.”
Johnson said a big part of the trio’s success came from good ball movement.
“It felt like a game where we could kind of breath,” she said. “We’ve been sped up in the last couple of games.”
Gonzales got the Cougars on the scoreboard with back-to-back field goals before Chase hit her first 3-pointer to make it 9-3 BYU.
Two more 3-pointers from Chase capped a 9-0 run for the Cougars, who jumped out to a 20-8 lead less than eight minutes into the game.
Chase finished the first quarter with 11 points on 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range.
“It felt really good (to get that start),” she said. “I struggled a little bit with my shot in the preseason, so coming into season I really wanted to focus on hitting open shots when I got them.”
Chase added another 3-pointer in the second quarter, this time capping a 7-0 run that helped BYU end the first half with a 40-29 lead.
An 11-0 run in the third quarter put the Cougars up by 20, but the Waves kept things close with an 11-0 run of their own.
“Losing a lead like that and losing momentum, then trying to bounce back – I have to give a lot of credit for that,” Judkins said. “I don’t want to do it all the time, but I think it shows a lot of character on each one of them.”
Gonzales then started a 12-0 BYU run in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, before Chase added a layup and Johnson knocked down another 3-pointer.
Altogether, the three guards scored 69 of the Cougars’ 83 points in the win.
Up next, the Cougars will host Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT before hitting the road for a two-game trip to Pacific and Saint Mary’s.
“We’ve got a big game on Saturday,” Judkins said. “LMU was picked fourth, right behind us, and it’ll be a real physical, tough game.”