Despite strong effort, Seasiders drop first game of Oahu Classic

Despite strong effort, Seasiders drop first game of Oahu Classic

HONOLULU (Nov. 28, 2013) - In its first game of the Oahu Classic, the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team came up short 75-48 to Lubbock Christian on Thursday.

The Seasiders (0-4) kept it close the first half and even cut the lead down to single digits early in the second half but a hot shooting Lubbock Christian (5-1) team held off any rallies.

Jiashan Cui led BYU-Hawaii with 11 points off the bench and Uluakimata Talavou Tonga pulled down 10 rebounds to go with her two assists, two steals and four points.

The team continued to take strides forward, shooting 50 percent in the second half and cut the turnovers down to just seven in the second 20 minutes.

Makana Borden also added eight points, six rebounds and one block.

The Seasiders got down by 13 as the first half wound down at 26-13 with two minutes to go but continued to fight, cutting the lead back to single digits with back-to-back layups from Tonga.

LCU pushed back and took a 30-19 lead into halftime.

At the start of the second half, Danna Lynn Hooper hit a jumper to make it a nine-point deficit but LCU went on a quick 8-0 run to change the momentum.

BYU-Hawaii made a few small runs of their own but it wasn't enough as the team fell 75-48 down the stretch.

The Seasiders play No. 2 Gannon University on Friday at 3 p.m. in their final game of the Oahu Classic.

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