Hooper's 21, Cui's 18 not enough in 99-52 loss

Hooper's 21, Cui's 18 not enough in 99-52 loss

LAIE, Hawaii (Nov. 16, 2013) – Danna Lynn Hooper scored a game-high 21 points and Jiashan Cui added 18 but the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team fell to Alaska Anchorage 99-52 on Saturday night.

Hooper's 21 came on an 8 of 12 shooting night, making both 3-point attempts. Cui posted 18 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Uluakimata Talavou Tonga led BYU-Hawaii with seven rebounds.

The Seasiders (0-2) shot 43.1 percent for the game but couldn't keep up with the Seawolves (3-0) 49.3 percent clip, including eight makes from downtown.

BYU-Hawaii got off to a slow start giving up an 8-0 lead to the Seawolves at the start of the game. Hooper gave the Seasiders their first points with a textbook layup making the game 8-2 with 16:59 until halftime.

Cui showed some grit when she rebounded her own shot and put it back in for two, cutting into the Seawolves lead at 30-15 with 8:21 remaining in the half.

With 15 seconds to go in the half, Hooper put away a trey to send the game to halftime with BYU-Hawaii trailing 49-25.

Alaska Anchorage started out with a 12-0 run to take a 61-25 in the first three minutes of the second half.

Cui tried to help keep the Seasiders active when she grabbed the board and went coast to coast, finishing things off with a layup making the score 65-35 with 13:13 remaining in the game, but the Seawolves kept their lead down the stretch. Cui added a 3-point buzzer beater but BYU-Hawaii would drop the contest 99-52.

The Seasiders will take another crack at Alaska Anchorage in a rematch on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. HT in the Cannon Activities Center.

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