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Las Vegas • BYU's women's basketball team is a win away from ending its dry spell of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Lexi Eaton scored 26 points and the Cougars downed San Diego 64-46 in a West Coast Conference semifinal game at Orleans Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (25-6) will play top-seeded Gonzaga (26-4) in the championship game Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. (MT).
Eaton, the league's co-Newcomer of the Year, showed she is worthy of the honor by cutting up the USD defense in both halves. She had 13 in the first half as the Cougars took a 29-21 lead at the break, and continued the hot streak in the final 20 minutes as BYU turned a tight game into a blowout.
Jennifer Hamson added 10 points and eight rebounds.
It was BYU's first win in a conference tournament game since 2007, the last year that it went to the NCAA Tournament.