BYU has had Gonzaga’s number all year. After two close wins in the regular season, BYU beat Gonzaga for a third time, ending Gonzaga’s streak of WCC Tournament titles at three.
The turning point of the game was the second quarter.
BYU trailed by four points (19-23) and opened up with a 16-0 run. Gonzaga would score just seven points in the quarter and trail 42-30 at the half. Gonzaga got as close as eight points in the second half but could never put together a run to close the gap.
BYU extended its lead to as large as 17 points before settling for a 14-point victory, 82-68.
The offense struggled as a result.
BYU’s strength is its ability to shoot from deep. In the title win, BYU tallied a 13-of-25 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Brenna Chase poured in 25 points and made seven three-point shots, tying career-highs in points and made three-point shots in a game. Chase had help offensively, as Shaylee Gonzalez and Paisley Johnson contributed 20 and 19 points, respectively.
As teams hailing from a mid-major conference, the seeding for the NCAA Tournament, for both teams, will probably be in the No. 5 to No. 8 range. Gonzaga, as the WCC regular-season champion, was projected to be a No. 5 seed. BYU, simply based off regular season production, was projected as a No. 9 seed. But with the seeding for both teams very much up for debate, Selection Monday cannot come soon enough.