HILO, Hawaii (Dec. 7, 2013) – Danna Lynn Hooper scored 19 points but the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team lost to the University of Hawaii at Hilo 80-53 on Saturday night.
The Seasiders (0-6, 0-1) had a hard time finding shots to drop, making 15 of 52 from the field for 28.8 percent on the night. Hooper was a bright spot with her 19 points, making 3 of 4 from behind the arc. Marquessa Gilson posted 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Abby Barrett pulled down a team-high nine boards.
Hilo (2-3, 1-0) shot 46.6 percent but were outrebounded by the Seasiders 41-40.
In the opening minutes both teams were back and forth. Makana Borden put a score in after an offensive board to cut Hilo's lead to 8-7 with 14:19 to go. Hilo continued to charge but Talyn Bevell drained a jumper to keep BYU-Hawaii within four points two minutes later.
A struggle to make shots made things difficult and BYU-Hawaii found itself down double digits inside of 10 minutes in the first half. Four consecutive points by Hooper sent the Seasiders into the break trailing 42-19 to the Vulcans.
Midway through the second half BYU-Hawaii continued to play hard, cutting a 28-point deficit to 18 with a 10-0 run. An and-1 play from Gilson, a steal and score from Borden, a three from Hooper and free throws from Gilson again gave the Seasiders a solid run with 11:20 to go in the game with the road team trailing 52-34.
BYU-Hawaii wouldn't be able to mount a comeback any closer and Hilo went on to win 80-53.
The Seasiders visit Hawaii Pacific on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.