LAIE Hawaii (Nov. 15, 2013) - The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team fell 69-39 in the season opener to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks on Friday night.
Danna Lynn Hooper hit double figures with 11 points to lead the team but an off shooting night for the team put the Seasiders (0-1) in a tough spot when the Nanooks (2-0) shot 58.5 percent for the game.
The opening minutes were close with a 6-6 score three minutes into the contest. BYU-Hawaii traded baskets with Alaska and led 11-10 after a layup by Jiashan Cui with 13:18 to play in the first half.
A big run by the Nanooks from that spot on was the turning point. A 20-2 run gave the visiting team a 30-13 lead to really change the game. The Seasiders went to the locker room trailing 42-16 as another run tacked on more for Alaska.
The second half started off well for the Seasiders and they were able to make 13 points in the first seven minutes, cutting the lead to 20 points at 47-27 with just over 14 minutes to go in the game.
The home team showed fight in the second half and a good sign of things to come, diving on loose balls and remaining physical down the stretch. In the second half, the Nanooks outscored BYU-Hawaii just 27-23 to take the game 69-39.
The Seasiders will next play another Alaskan squad, this time the University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center.