PHOENIX, AZ - On Saturday, the BYU Women’s rugby team traveled to Phoneix, Arizona to take on Grand Canyon University on GCU’s home turf.
Both teams have been preparing for months for a new season of conference play. GCU started the game aggressively, keeping BYU in their own half. After a big run from senior wing Alisa Baker, BYU began to get in a groove offensively. Baker’s try off a speedy pass from Matalasi Morrissette started the Cougars’ offensive momentum.
Both teams struggled with penalties, but Marin Spears drove in for a score before the half making the tally 22-0.
GCU’s physicality continued to pressure the Cougars, but after several GCU injuries and a yellow card, BYU took advantage of their opponents’ fatigue. Grand Canyon standout, Heather Thomas, kept up the defensive pressure for GCU.
The scoring ended at 56-0 and BYU looks forward to playing California State University, Northridge and the University of California, Santa Barbara on January 31st and February 1st.
Scoring Summary -
Halftime Score - BYU 22 , GCU 0
Final Score - BYU 56, GCU 0
BYU team vs GCU -
Emily Briggs 2. Hannah Beagley 3. Pamela Patton 4. Marin Spears 5. Mariann Higgins 6. Marion Morrow 7. Kylie Clark 8. Grace Christensen 9. Christina Miller 10. Matalasi Morrissette 11. Baylie Duce 12. Delaney Rakuita 13. Tayzlie Tripple Haack 14. Alisa Baker 15. Tiana Tolman 16. Maya Hood 17. Emma Bennion 18. Nicole Lyons 19. BreAnn Duce 20. Riho Kurihara 21. Kate Rugg 22. Alley Peo 23. Cierrah Garza