LAIE, Hawaii (Dec. 21, 2013) - The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team made a second-half run but fell to the University of Hawaii at Hilo 66-50 on Saturday night in Laie.
The tandem of Danna Lynn Hooper and Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo put in 19 and 17 points, respectively. The game was Tatupu-Leopoldo's first official contest since returning from the women's volleyball team. Hooper added seven assists on the night while Tatupu-Leopoldo posted six rebounds.
The game opened up close with both teams trading scores the opening minute. Jiashan Cui and Hooper led the way with four points apiece to tie the score at 8-8 with 16 minutes to go until halftime.
The Vulcans went on a 6-0 spurt to take a lead but the Seasiders responded with a 7-0 run, taking a 15-14 lead at the 9:57 mark behind a layup from Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo on a nice dish from Hooper.
Hilo came right back and held BYU-Hawaii scoreless over the next five minutes, building up a 25-15 lead before Whitney Fieldsted broke up the drought with a solid post move to make it 25-17. The Seasiders trailed 35-20 at the break.
In the second half, BYU-Hawaii hung around and didn't go quietly, cutting into the Vulcan lead at 45-37 with 13:15 to play. A steal from Hooper led to a Fieldsted jumper and Talyn Bevell dropped in two freebies to make it an eight point game.
From there however, Hilo extended the lead again, putting things out of reach for the Seasiders down the stretch. The Vulcans dropped BYU-Hawaii 66-50 in the end.
BYU-Hawaii faces Academy of Art after the holiday break. The game is set for Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. in Laie.