Shaylee Gonzales Drops 27 To Lead BYU Women’s Basketball Over Utah State

Dec 7, 2020, 8:28 PM
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BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales scored a game-high 27 points to lift BYU over Utah State. (Photo courtesy of Utah State Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah State Athletics)

PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s basketball had more than a week to get ready for in-state foe Utah State after suffering a blowout loss to Washington Nov. 26.

The time off was well-served for the Cougars, who got back in the win column on Monday night with an 87-66 victory over the rival Aggies.

Sophomore star Shaylee Gonzales, who only had five points in the loss to Washington, had a huge bounceback in the Cache Valley to lead BYU in scoring on Monday. Gonzales scored  27 points on 65 percent shooting from the field in 30 minutes of action.

Junior college transfer Lauren Gustin, who’s been one of the top newcomers this season for the Cougars, had her best game of her BYU career. Gustin scored 21 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the rivalry win.

Gustin, a former All-American at Salt Lake Community College, has immediately made an impact as a starting forward for Jeff Judkins’ squad. Including the 17 rebound performance against the Aggies, Gustin is now averaging 12.6 rebounds per game to help BYU jump out to a 2-1 record.

The BYU women’s basketball team never trailed in this game. BYU set the tone early in the first quarter by jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of game action and never looked back from there.

Utah State’s leading scorer was Jessica Chatman, daughter to former BYU great Jeff Chatman. Chatman poured in 16 points with two other Aggies reaching double-figures for a Utah State team that now drop to 1-2 on the season.

BYU now improves to 14-1 all-time against Utah State during Jeff Judkins’ tenure as head coach (20th season).

The Cougars return to action on Thursday when they host Montana State on Thursday, December 10 at 2 p.m. (MT) on the BYUtv app. Next up for Utah State is a home date against UTEP on Sunday, December 13 at the Spectrum.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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