LAIE, Hawaii (Jan. 6, 2014) - In the first game of the new year, the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team lost to Academy of Art 101-47 on Monday evening.
The Seasiders (0-9, 0-4) had three players with nine points but couldn't overcome 27 turnovers and a colder shooting night. Meanwhile, the Pacific West leading Urban Knights improved to 9-5 and 6-0 in league play behind an evening shooting almost 60 percent for the game.
Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo started things off with a 3-pointer in the first minute of the game, but the Urban Knights went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes.
The Academy lead hovered around 20 points for much of the first half. Marquessa Gilson knocked down another trey to cut it to 16 and another deep shot from Talyn Bevell trimmed a 21-point advantage to 18 with the Seasiders down 36-18 at the five minute mark.
BYU-Hawaii stayed aggressive and picked up eight steals in the first half but went into halftime trailing 44-22. Tatupu-Leopoldo led the Seasiders with seven points at the break and Whitney Fieldsted had three thefts
The shooting in the second half improved for BYU-Hawaii but the Urban Knights continued to keep up their hot clip from the field. Midway through the second 20 minutes the visitors built up a 40-point deficit behind four scorers in double figures.
Despite hard effort down the stretch the big lead from Academy of Art was too much and the Seasiders fell 101-47.
BYU-Hawaii hosts Dominican on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center.