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BYU basketball: Cougars prevail despite second-half struggles

Published March 25, 2014 9:27 am

Women's basketball • BYU creates its own good luck.
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Los Angeles •Â It could've been a killer.

Lexi Eaton drove under the basket, into traffic. The sophomore was looking to get a bucket, pass it off or draw a foul, but none of those happened.

What happened was better: After the ball was swatted from Eaton's hands, Jennifer Hamson's long arms stretched out for it and she put a shot up herself — the last of her five attempts that night. Like the previous four, this one sank in, and Hamson got a shot for an extra point after an official called a foul on the play.

She had swept in at the right moment, characteristic of the night's performance for BYU.

"She's a girl who loves to get through and score, and I was just there in case she didn't quite make it," Hamson said of the play, which ultimately clinched the win. "So it ended up bouncing off a defender right into my hands."