Cougar defense will be tested on WCC road trip

January 10, 2019

The BYU women’s basketball team has started fast in the West Coast Conference at 4-0. This weekend, the Cougars (12-3 overall) will be tested on the road by two high-scoring offenses.

Pacific — BYU’s opponent on Thursday — is third in the WCC in scoring (72.6) and Saturday’s opponent, Saint Mary’s, is second in scoring (74.6) and first in field goal percentage (.477) and 3-point field goal percentage.

The Cougar defense is second in the WCC (56.6 points per game) and first in field goal percentage defense (.358). In four WCC games, BYU is giving up just 51.3 points per game. The Cougars surrendered only 44 points to both Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount in victories. One of the key factors in BYU’s defensive efforts has been the healthy return of 6-foot-7 sophomore Sara Hamson, who had knee surgery in August after suffering an injury playing for the Cougar volleyball team. Last season’s WCC Defensive Player of the Year has seven blocks in her past two games.

Pacific will put a lot of pressure on BYU’s sensational guard trio of junior Brenna Chase, sophomore Paisley Johnson and freshman Shaylee Gonzales, who are averaging 43 points per game between them. The Tigers are tied for first in the WCC in steals per game (10.3) and lead the conference in turnovers caused per game (18.4).

The Cougars are currently tied for first in the WCC standings with No. 14 Gonzaga.

Both BYU games this week will be live streamed on TheW.tv.

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