BYU's backline cut through Cal. (Shelby Peterson photo)
By Jackie Finlan
A couple of massive scores from BYU and Chico State have seen the two women's DI colleges through to the Pacific Coast Playin final. Both teams regardless of finish will move onto the territorial final four on April 15, joining Stanford and UC Davis in competition for the three national seeds.
BYU got the day rolling with a 67-21 win over California, Nor Cal's #4 seed.
"We are glad we put this one away, knowing that there was alot at stake," BYU coach Tom Waqa said. "The first game of playoffs is always tough. I’m proud of the girls for coming through with this one. The strength of schedule is always tricky for us, simply because we play Utah DII sides, and we can’t really measure up to NorCal teams, until the playoffs."
California was able to pressure BYU in the beginning and end of the game, but the Cougars were still able to build a 46-7 halftime lead. The forwards supported the All American backline well and produced some good go-forward ball that allowed standouts Kristi Jackson and Rebekah Siebach to score three tries apiece.
"I'm glad they showed us what we need to improve on," Waqa said. "We found our rhythm midway through the first half and began to execute alot better."
BYU kept a watchful eye on Chico State, which played well against Oregon, winning 62-5 in the other playin semifinal. The two victors will face off in tomorrow's final.