ST. GEORGE, UT– On Saturday, February 15, the BYU Cougars were ready for a doubleheader. Their first opponent of the day was the University of California, Los Angeles.
At the start of the game, speedy senior wing Alisa Baker was able to capitalize on an offensive drive in the second minute, landing in the try zone. UCLA came back with fire and progressed as far as the 10-yard line before BYU won possession back.
A few minutes later, Junior Baylie Duce, was also able to take advantage of the space on the wing and scored a try of her own.
Both teams battled for possession, but eventually, Baker found a hole in the defense to put the Cougs up 15-0 in the 18th minute. BYU finished the half leading 22-0.
During the second half, UCLA proved resilient and kept the Cougars from scoring by holding up the ball. Both teams battled for possession, but also committed numerous penalties.
The Cougars only scored one try in the second half, but they were ready to improve in their next game against the University of California, San Diego.
Tries - Baker (2’,18’), Duce (7’), Patton (25’), Briggs (44’)
Conversions - Tolman (20’)
Halftime score – BYU 22, UCLA 0
Final score – BYU 27, UCLA 0
BYU team vs UCLA-
1. Emily Briggs 2. Hannah Beagley 3. Pamela Patton 4. Meagan Proffit 5.Grace Christensen 6. Riho Kurihara 7. Kylie Clark 8. Marion Morrow 9. Emma Bennion 10. Kainoawaianuhea Ah Quin 11. Baylie Duce 12. Delaney Rakuita 13. Rachel Strasdas 14. Alisa Baker 15. Tiana Tolman 16. Maya Hood 17. Nicole Lyons 18. Tayzlie Tripple 19. Kelsie Taylor 20. Mikayla Cooper 21. Kate Rugg 22. Marin Spears 23. Cierrah Garza
Just a few hours after their first game, BYU lined up to take on the University of California, San Diego.
Alisa Baker began the game in typical fashion and scored within minutes. Emily Briggs and Tiana Tolman also found the try zone after hard runs against UCSD’s defense. UCSD’S number 9, Rachelle Estrella proved troublesome for BYU as she continued to make hard runs and plays.
BYU committed several penalties throughout the game, but also found ways to score using both their backs and forwards.
The Cougars finished the day with two shutouts and will be back in Saint George on March 7 to play Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Tries - Baker (3’,42’), Briggs (8’), Tolman (12’, 34’), Beagley (22’), Strasdas (37’), Duce (46’), Magaoay (61’), Kurihara (69’,80’)
Conversions - Baker (13’, 24’, 38’) Lyons (62’,72’,81’)
Halftime score – BYU 36, UCSD 0
Final score – BYU 67, UCSD 0
BYU team vs UCSD-
1. Emily Briggs 2. Hannah Beagley 3. Pamela Patton 4. Marin Spears 5.Meagan Proffit 6. Riho Kurihara 7. Kylie Clark 8. Marion Morrow 9. Emma Bennion 10. Kainoawaianuhea Ah Quin 11. BreAnn Duce 12. Alisa Baker 13. Rachel Strasdas 14. Mary Kirkendall 15. Tiana Tolman 16. Jody Messick 17. Nicole Lyons 18. Erica Magaoay 19. Tayzlie Tripple 20. Grace Christensen 21. Aubrie Robinette 22. Kate Rugg 23. Cierrah Garza