Women # 20 BYU defeat Washington State 71-53
Paisley Harding scored 20 points, Tegan Graham added 15 and BYU, 20th, escaped for a 71-53 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Shaylee Gonzales added 13 points and Sara Hamson 10 for BYU (9-1), who rebounded after losing their first game of the season 99-91 in overtime in Oklahoma. Lauren Gustin took 13 rebounds as BYU had a 50-35 rebound advantage.
Charlisse Leger-Walker hit 6 of 10 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Washington State (8-2), which had won four in a row since losing to North Carolina State, so number 5. Ula Motuga had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
BYU led by up to 16 points in the second quarter, but Washington state has fallen steadily.
Washington State hit a pair of 3s to open the fourth quarter and close at 47-46. Hamson responded with a pair of inside buckets and Graham, who had a 10 to 3-point school record in Oklahoma, called with a 3 to put BYU back in control with 6:14 left. Harding added 3 more after a WSU timeout for a 57-46 lead.
Washington State has missed 15 of its last 17 shots.
WSU was 13 of 31 (42%) from long distance but only 3 of 29 from inside the arc.
It was the fifth game in a row against a Power 5 team for BYU.
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