December 6, 2017
The BYU women’s basketball team fell at home to Utah State for the first time since 1974, losing 76-69 Wednesday afternoon.
The loss extended the Cougars’ losing streak to four games and dropped their record to 3-5.
“Give Utah State a lot of credit tonight,” said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins, who was a perfect 11-0 against the Aggies before Wednesday. “They wanted this game a lot more than us. It just didn’t seem like we had the effort, the spark (or) the energy to come out and play.”
The Aggies used a 21-point second quarter, capped by a 10-4 run, to build a lead they never surrendered.
“We got ourselves in a hole,” Judkins said. “We gave them confidence and then it becomes an opportunity that you just have to fight your way back. I’ve been here a long time — this is the first time in a long time I’ve felt that.”
Cassie Devashrayee led all scorers with 23 points while freshman Paisley Johnson had 14.
“(Johnson) played hard,” Judkins said. “She probably played the hardest of anyone tonight. She gave us a nice lift and hopefully she’ll learn from it and help us continue to do that.”
Judkins added he thought Johnson was the only player who played up to their potential tonight and hopes the loss will motivate her.
“Hopefully she’s got a knot in her stomach and realizes that at BYU, we win,” he said. “We don’t lose. That’s not our forte.”
Utah State also outscored the Cougars in the third quarter, extending its lead to 15 entering the final period.
Amanda Wayment opened the quarter with a jump shot that started a 12-4 BYU run and cut the Aggies’ lead to seven with under 4:30 to play in the game.
However, the Cougars went cold and missed their next four shots from the field as Utah State rebuilt its lead to 12.
“Cassie (Devashrayee) comes in, I think twice and made a move and she didn’t make them,” Judkins said. “If she makes them, we probably cut it down to two or three, maybe we pull this one out as bad as we played. But she didn’t make them. She didn’t finish it tonight.”
Free throws from Maria Albiero and Johnson, paired with a 3-pointer from Brenna Chase cut the lead six with 37 seconds to play, but the Aggies hit three free throws to hold off the Cougars’ comeback.
“I’m glad that they fight back, but the whole season it’s been our second quarter,” Judkins said. “We’ve talked about it and we’ve emphasized it. We just have to take care of it. Tonight, we lost the second quarter by ten.”
BYU will remain at home and face rival Utah at 2 p.m. Saturday.