March 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The BYU women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 West Coast Conference tournament after shooting 13 3-pointers and defeating LMU 69-57 in Las Vegas on Friday.
"Well, I'm glad this game's over," said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. "Loyola is a really good team, a team that has come on at the end of the year. They played a tough defense on us tonight, and we knew it was coming, but it's still hard to get done what you need to. We definitely took a lot of 3s tonight, but that's what they gave us. One thing I try to teach my teams is to take what you get, and I'm happy we made so many of the 3s we took."
BYU's 13 3-pointers in a single game are good for ninth all-time at BYU and tie for the team's season best. Stephanie Vermunt Seaborn led all players with 21 points, finishing with seven 3-pointers for a new career high in points and made 3-pointers.
"Coach emphasized we were going to get shots today, so I just wanted to be ready to shoot," Seaborn said. "The beauty of this team is that none of us are selfish or care who gets the shots, so I was just lucky to be the one today."
Also in double figures were teammates Jennifer Hamson and Kim Parker Beeston with 19 and 13, respectively. Hamson also contributed 13 rebounds for her third double-double this season.
The Cougars and Lions traded runs to start the game with BYU going on a 5-0 stint before LMU answered with 10-straight of its own. Cougar Xojian Harry ended the run with a 3-pointer, cutting LMU's lead to 10-8 with 13:53 to play.
The teams traded points for the next few possessions until BYU again took control after a Hamson layup sparked a 15-2 run to put them up 29-19 with 4:41 to play. The run was highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Kim Beeston and Seaborn.
The Lions finished the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer, their only one of the half.
Heading into the locker room, BYU led 35-26 and had made six 3-pointers while holding the Lions to 1-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. Seaborn accounted for four of the team's 3-pointers to tie her career high.
Beeston kicked off second-half scoring for BYU with a 3-pointer while the Lions tried to fight back into the game. The Cougars held a 43-34 lead with 15:30 to play.
With 8:02 to play, the teams decided to give a 3-point shooting clinic. BYU's Beeston hit a three to give the Cougars a 59-41 lead. The Lions responded with one of their own before Beeston hit another. LMU hit another just one minute later to cut BYU's lead to 15 with 4:55 to play.
The Lions went on a 10-0 run to end the game, cutting BYU's lead from 22 points to 12 for the 69-57 final score.
BYU advances to play 1-seed Gonzaga in the WCC semifinals on Saturday at noon PST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.