Provo • Brenna Chase Drollinger made four 3-pointers in the fourth period to help BYU women’s basketball defeat Pepperdine 66-64 in the Marriott Center on Thursday.
“We didn’t play one of our best games tonight, but we found a way to win,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said.
BYU (17-10, 12-5 WCC) took a 66-64 lead on two free throws by Paisley Johnson with 32 seconds left. Then Jasmine Moody pulled down a defensive rebound and was fouled with two seconds left. She split her free throws to make it 66-64, and a half-court heave by the Waves (14-13, 8-9) was off the mark.
Drollinger finished the game with 17 points and a team-high six assists. Johnson scored a game-high 21 points. Sara Hamson had 10 rebounds and seven blocks.
New Mexico 8, BYU 7 • In Albuquerque, N.M., the Cougars scored six runs in the seventh inning to tie the Lobos at 6-all, then scored another run in the ninth to tie it at 7-7. But New Mexico loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and won the game with an infield single.
The Cougars’ Hobbs Nyberg finished a home run short of hitting for the cycle, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run.
Reid McLaughlin (2-1) came on in the ninth and took the loss.
Utah at RMISA qualifier • In Bozeman, Mont., freshman Gustav Voello finished on the podium for the men while Katie Parker led the women as the Utah ski team competed in an RMISA giant slalom qualifier.
The qualifier does not count toward any team scoring but is used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships.
Voello (second place) earned his first podium finish. Parker finished fourth to lead the Utah women.