FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Even with a 14-point deficit in the second half, BYU-Hawaii wouldn't quit and the women's basketball team battled back to win its first game of the year 55-54 over the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds on Saturday afternoon.
Down by one at 54-53 inside of one minute, Whitney Fieldsted got the ball low and turned around to hit a short jumper to give BYU-Hawaii a 55-54 lead, the eventual game-winner.
After a Fresno Pacific (3-11, 3-5) turnover on the other end with 25.1 seconds left the win looked to be in the hands of the Seasiders (1-12, 1-7). A failure to inbound in time after a timeout gave the ball right back to the home team.
BYU-Hawaii's defense held when Makana Borden came down with a rebound with 7.9 seconds left and a quick foul sent her to the line.
In a game that didn't need any more drama, Borden missed both attempts, giving FPU one last chance. A court-length pass gave way to a possible short jumper for the Sunbirds but Talyn Bevell stepped in front just enough to force the shot up.
It bounced around and came up empty and the Seasiders won their first game of the season.
Fieldsted and Bevell both finished with 10 points apiece and Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo added 10 more. Fieldsted added seven rebounds while Borden brought down seven boards to go with her two points. Bevell's points all came in about a three minute span to help spark the comeback.
BYU-Hawaii overcame shooting just 18.5 percent in the first half to make 12 of 20 in the second half for 60 percent to storm back.
Even with the poor shooting in the first half the game was within reach, the FPU lead never stretching to double digits until a last-second shot before the half.
A 14-5 run in the second half with two triples from Bevell, a Fieldsted layup and a midrange jumper from Tatupu-Leopoldo helped drive the comeback.
The Seasiders have a quick turnaround with a game at Holy Names Monday at 5:30 p.m. PT.