Lauren Gustin’s season-high 27 points helped BYU women’s basketball beat USF 78-59 at the Marriott Center on Thursday, extending the Cougars’ winning streak to seven games.
After the win, head coach Amber Whiting said, “A lot of it is down to their hard work, and their grit and toughness. ‘It became clear today.’
Gustin’s 27 pieces were not only her season-high, but she added 19 rebounds and tied her career-high in points. Gustin entered halftime with her 15 points and her 11 boards, and this season she achieved her 18th double-double in 19 games.
The Cougars blocked seven shots and swiped four steals as a team against USF. In addition to working well together on defense, BYU shot 57% of his shots from the floor with 18 assists, while Naniferatea and Ariel McKee-Williams each scored 6 assists.
“When you’re together on defense, it helps on offense,” forward Emma Cravert said.
A program-record 8,758 fans, most of whom were elementary school students bused in for the annual children’s game, rocked the Marriott Center, extending Whiting’s team to a seven-game winning streak.
The Cougars are 11-8 this season as they play at home to Santa Clara on Saturday at 2pm.