BYU women’s basketball wins WCC title; men finish season with second straight blowout win


The 2 Cougars basketball groups ended their common seasons Saturday.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2) leads a quick break for the Cougars, in girls’s basketball motion between the BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves, on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Judkins scored his 450th win tonight.

Provo • The BYU girls’s basketball staff waited for this second all season. The second when the Cougars may formally say the West Coast Convention title belonged to them and solely them.

The Cougars secured the outright championship Saturday with a blowout 82-52 street win over Pacific, bringing their WCC report to 15-1 and 25-2 general. It’s the staff’s first convention title because the 2015-16 season.

“That is large for our program to have the ability to win this convention,” coach Jeff Judkins mentioned through videoconference after the sport. “Gonzaga has gained it so a few years. It’s good for us to have the ability to actually do it.”

The ladies not solely secured the common season title, but additionally earned the WCC Event’s No. 1 general seed. Their run begins Monday, March 7.

“We’re favored to win the event,” Judkins mentioned. “We’re going to go on the market with a number of confidence and know that we will do this.”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Younger Cougars ahead Fousseyni Traore (45) scores as Loyola Marymount Lions guard Lamaj Lewis (13) defends, in WCC basketball motion between the Brigham Younger Cougars and the Loyola Marymount Lions on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

The lads, in the meantime, beat Pepperdine 75-59 and unofficially gave them the No. 5 seed within the event. Meaning they’ll play Friday, March 4 to start out their WCC Event run.

Freshman Fousseyni Traore had a profession sport, scoring 25 factors, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking two pictures.

In a tribute, coach Mark Pope subbed in seniors Gavin Baxter and Richard Harward for one possession. The 2 suffered season-ending accidents and had not performed in any respect. Baxter tore his ACL earlier within the season, and Harward took a “step again” from basketball because of a coronary heart difficulty.

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