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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Brigham Young Cougar bench cheer in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. BYU gained 65-47.
PROVO — BYU women’s basketball trainer Jeff Judkins is just right at sharing precisely how he feels all over postgame interview periods. When he is disillusioned, he permits you to are aware of it in simple language, and vice versa when he is happy.
After his crew’s 65-47 win over visiting Santa Clara on Saturday, Judkins was once usually all smiles after his crew overcame a coarse get started — an overly tough get started —to win going away.
“I’m happy. I think we’re playing better,” Judkins stated. “I think we still have some things we need to figure out. I’ve got to get my bigs scoring better and becoming more of an offensive threat, and it’s something I’m going to work on these next couple of weeks for sure.”
While the bigs would possibly want some paintings, in Judkins’ opinion, the backcourt gamers have been in a groove, specifically sophomore guard Brenna Chase, who scored a career-high 23 issues in the win. The Thornton, Colorado, product stuffed up the stat sheet, recording seven rebounds, doling out 4 assists, and amassing 4 steals.
Her highest paintings was once finished in the 3rd quarter, when scoring 12 issues and amping up her defensive force. The Cougars outscored the Broncos 21-10 in the quarter to go into the ultimate body with a 50-36 benefit.
“Everything she did tonight was just a real positive for us,” Judkins stated. “That’s what’s nice about this team. Last week it was Malia (Nawahine) and this week it was Brenna. Brenna stepped it up and did what she needed to do, so I’m very happy about that.”
BYU’s Brenna Chase shoots over Ashlyn Herlihy in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. BYU gained 65-47. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
As just right as she was once offensively, Chase credited her defensive effort as the catalyst.
“I definitely used my defense to spark my offense,” Chase stated. “I think my team helped me to up my defense and up my pressure tonight with Cassie (Devashrayee) on the wings. It really helped us get a couple of steals and get back in the flow of our offense.”
On the offensive aspect, Chase tried 12 photographs from at the back of the arc, making 5.
“Jud(kins) tells me to just shoot it when I’m open, so I just shoot it when I’m open. It’s as simple as that,” Chase stated.
Things did not get started all that easily for the Cougars, then again, with the Broncos’ tricky zone protection proving tricky to determine given the decreased preparation time. Judkins’ crew performed on the highway Thursday, returning to the Marriott Center for a day matchup towards one in every of the harder defensive groups in the West Coast Conference.
After scoring simply 8 issues in the first quarter the Cougars put in combination 21 issues in each the 2nd and 3rd quarters, as they started to determine the zone out.
“We’ve never seen a zone like that and we really didn’t have a lot of time to practice against something like that,” Judkins stated. “So it’s nice to have an ace in your pocket.”
That ace was once Devashrayee, who was once utilized in just a little of a special offensive function to lend a hand open issues up and exploit Santa Clara’s protection. Devashrayee completed with 21 issues on Eight-for-14 capturing and had a team-high 8 rebounds.
Santa Clara was once led by means of Morgan McGwire’s 23 issues.
With the win BYU improves to Five-1 in convention play and 10-7 total. Next up are a few highway video games at Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s this Thursday and Saturday, respectively.