The NCAA.com Team of the Week, BYU posted two more wins last week and has now won 10 straight games, remaining undefeated in 2022.
Latest victories for the Cougars, 18-1 overall and 8-0 in the West Coast Conference, came in convincing fashion over Santa Clara, 76-44 and San Francisco, 99-58. BYU has now won seven of their last 10 games by 20 or more points and have won 27 straight games at home in the Marriott Center.
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In the win over Santa Clara on Jan. 27, twelve different players scored on a night where BYU shot 46 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from behind the three-point line and connecting on all eight free throws in the 32-point win. The Cougars forced 23 turnovers, snagging 16 steals which tied a season-high, turning those turnovers into 23 points. Senior guard Tegan Graham led the Cougars with 16 points while tallying four assists and two steals in the win. Shaylee Gonzales went 6 for 12 from the field for 13 points, grabbed three rebounds, five steals and posted a season-high nine assists.
Against San Francisco on Saturday, BYU connected on a season-high 13 three-pointers and senior guard Paisley Harding posted her second 30-point game of the season to lead the way. Harding connected on 11 of 17 shots from the floor, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Gonzales added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lauren Gustin notched her 10th double-double this season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Maria Albiero dished out a season-high nine assists, leading the charge for the squad that posted 26 assists on 37 made baskets.
BYU’s fast start has allowed the Cougars to maintain a slim lead over Gonzaga (16-4/7-0) in the WCC standings. The Cougars' high-scoring attack averages 78.9 points per game on the season. The Cougars will next play at Portland on Feb. 3 before traveling to Spokane, Wash. to play at Gonzaga in a key WCC matchup on Feb. 5.