Provo • BYU’s Sara Hamson became the third player in program history to reach 300 career blocks in the Cougars’ impressive 60-39 win against Saint Mary’s on Thursday at the Marriott Center.
With five blocks on the night, Hamson joined her sister, Jennifer Hamson, who recorded 340 career blocks, and her mother, Tresa Spaulding Hamson, who holds the school’s career blocks record with 494.
Brenna Chase Drollinger tallied 18 points to lead all scorers, while also adding eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Jasmine Moody added 10 points.
BYU improved to 14-9 overall, 9-4 in the WCC, while the Gaels dropped to 11-14, 6-8.
Montana 72, Weber State 37 • In Missoula, Mont., Sayeed Pridgett tossed in 25 points and Kendal Manuel scored 21 to power Montana to a 72-37 romp over Weber State on Thursday night.
Pridgett sank 11 of 17 shots from the floor and added five rebounds for the Grizzlies (15-10, 11-3 Big Sky Conference). Manuel hit 8 of 12 shots and added six rebounds and three assists. Timmy Falls hit two 3-pointers and scored 10.
Dima Zdor topped the Wildcats (10-15, 6-8) with nine points off the bench.
Montana shot 54% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range (6 of 15). The Grizzlies sank 8 of 9 from the free-throw line. Weber State shot only 32.5% overall and 21% from distance (3 of 14). The Wildcats made 8 of 12 foul shots.
Montana, which led 38-21 at halftime, won the rebound battle by one, but the Grizzlies forced 21 turnovers while only turning the ball over six times.
Montana split the regular-season series with Weber State. The Wildcats upset the first-place Grizzlies 87-85 in their first meeting.
Texas Rio Grande Valley 80, Utah Valley 72 • In Edinburg, Texas, Lesley Varner II recorded 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Vaqueros over the Wolverines.
Javon Levi had 17 points for Texas Rio Grande Valley (10-14, 6-5 Western Athletic Conference), which earned its fourth straight victory. Jordan Jackson added 12 points. Quinton Johnson II had 11 points.
Isaiah White had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (9-16, 3-7). Casdon Jardine added 13 points. Brandon Averette had 13 points.
The Vaqueros evened the season series against the Wolverines with the win. Utah Valley defeated Texas Rio Grande Valley 72-70 on Jan. 18.