BYU loses final game

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The BYU Cougars had their last game of the season against the University of Portland Pilots.

The game was scheduled for Feb. 23, but the match was pushed back due to weather conditions. The home team did not win the game.

The box score for the match can be found on the BYU Cougars basketball website.

First Quarter

The game started with Cougars Guard Kaylee Smiler’s layup and Cougars Forward Lauren Gustin’s layup.

Pilot Liana Kaitu’u made a jumper after the Portland media time-out. The Cougars gave seven turnovers. After Pilot Lucy Cochrane’s layup, the Pilots led the quarter by 9-6.

Second Quarter

Pilot Alex Fowler scored another layup after the Cougars gave out eight turnovers for the match, which led the Pilots to lead the game by five points.

The Cougars showed no offense flow; Pilots led 11-1 for four minutes. Fowler and Kaitu’u led the Pilots, scoring 16 points in the quarter. The Cougars only scored seven. Although Gustin had 11 rebounds by halftime, the team had 13 turnovers.

The quarter ended with Cougars’ Emma Calvert’s jumper, the Cougars losing the first half by 28-17.

Third Quarter

Gustin scored her third field goal as a layup, bringing the points margin back to single digits.

Kaitu’u scored one out of two free throws after fouls were called on Smiler, bringing the points margin back to 10 points. Nani Falatea scored her first field goal, a 3-pointer, in the middle of the third quarter.

Gustin had 20 rebounds during the quarter, a double-double game this match — 12 points and 20 rebounds.

The BYU team lost the quarter, 42-32.

Fourth Quarter

The points margin was back and forth. The Cougars Falatea, Gustin and Calvert score more than 10 points in the match.

The home team lost the game by 61-49, a 12-point margin. Gustin officially led the BYU single-season record rebound leaders board. She had 477 rebounds this season and seventeen double-doubles.

According to a Tweet by Alex Vejar, “The first regular season under Amber Whiting is officially over for BYU women’s basketball. After today’s loss to Portland, the Cougars finish 14-14 overall (9-9 WCC). The conference tournament in Vegas is up next later this week, then the Big 12.”