Las Vegas Erin Thorn made a three-pointer and added two free throws in the final minute Friday as Brigham Young rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat No. 14 Utah 57-50 in the semifinals of the Mountain West women's tournament.
The Cougars (18-11), who outscored the Utes 37-10 in the second half and had the game's last nine points, face Colorado State, a 70-65 winner over New Mexico earlier Friday, in tonight's championship game.
Caroline Beus led the Cougars with 14 points while Thorn and Stacy Jensen added 13 apiece. Lauren Beckman led Utah (26-3) with 11 points and Kristina Anderson added 10.
The game was tied at 50 when Thorn hit a three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining. She then stole a pass, was fouled and converted both free throws.
After a Utah turnover, Jensen made two foul shots with 23 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Utah led 40-20 at halftime, but the Cougars scored the first seven points of the second half to begin their comeback.
A 14-0 spurt, sparked by two three-pointers by Jensen, cut the Utes' lead to 44-43 with a little over eight minutes left, and the game was close until BYU pulled away in the final minute.
No. 16 SW Missouri St. 86, Northern Iowa 54
Springfield, Mo. Jackie Stiles scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half as Southwest Missouri State advanced to the finals of the Missouri Valley tournament. SMS (24-5) will face Drake (23-5) today in the championship game. Erika Rante, Tara Mitchem and Erica Vicente each had 13 points for SMS. Abbi Schutte led UNI (18-10) with 22 points.