Paisley Harding keys BYU in 78-36 rout of Saint Mary’s

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Paisley Harding scored 18 points and BYU held Saint Mary’s to just 10 first-half points en route to a 78-36 rout of the Gaels on Thursday night.

Taycee Wedin hit a 3-pointer with 7:37 left in the first quarter to get Saint Mary’s within three, 6-3, but the Gaels were scoreless for the final six minutes of the first period while BYU built a 24-5 lead. Madeline Holland’s layup with 8:47 left in the second quarter snapped the scoreless string.

Harding missed all six three-point attempts, but was 8 of 19 from the floor and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lauren Gustin scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double. Shaylee Gonzales added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Cougars (13-1, 3-0 West Coast Conference) have now won three straight since falling to Oklahoma in overtime December 10.

Ali Bamberger had 14 points to lead Saint Mary’s (7-6, 1-1). Aspen Garrison came off the bench to grab a team-high eight rebounds.

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