Shaylee Gonzales scored a team-high 20 points and Sara Hamson had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lead the BYU women’s basketball team to a 76-50 victory over Santa Clara on Wednesday afternoon at the Marriott Center in Provo.
Gonzales, who connected on 8 of 12 shots from the field, also pulled down eight rebounds for the Cougars (6-1, 2-0 West Coast Conference), who jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the game’s first two minutes and never looked back.
“I think part of it was Sara Hamson’s dominance in the first five minutes, with her blocking shots, being active and not letting the ball get in the paint,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said. “I also thought offensively we did a good job at moving the ball to the open person.”
Lauren Gustin had 12 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive glass, for the Cougars. Maria Albeiro had a career-high 10 assists to go with seven points and four rebounds.
The Cougars led the Broncos (5-3, 1-1) 24-8 after the first quarter, shooting 10 of 18 from the field and limiting Santa Clara to just 20% on field goals.
BYU is looking for its first 3-0 start in WCC play since the 2018-19 season as the Cougars travel to San Diego to take on the Toreros (4-3, 1-1) on Monday at 7 p.m. MST.
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