Tatupu-Leopoldo goes for 29 but Seasiders fall 74-70

Tatupu-Leopoldo goes for 29 but Seasiders fall 74-70

BELMONT, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2014) – The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team was downed by Notre Dame de Namur 74-70 on Thursday night.

Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo posted a season-high 29, made 4 of 8 treys with seven rebounds but it wasn't enough to suppress a second-half surge from the Argonauts (4-13, 3-8).

The Seasiders (2-13, 2-8) got 13 from Marquessa Gilson and 10 apiece from Talyn Bevell and Danna Lynn Hooper. BYU-Hawaii shot 39 percent while NDNU was just a hair better at 40 percent on the night.

BYU-Hawaii led until midway through the second half when the Argonauts chipped away a 10-point lead to take control in the final two minutes.

Earlier, the Seasiders came back from down 12-2 to start. Bevell added two freebies to make it 12-10, Gilson added one more free throw and Hooper hit another long two to give BYU-Hawaii its first lead 13-12 with 13:07 remaining in the first after an 11-0 run.

Both teams battled back-and-forth over the next stretch.

Tatupu-Leopoldo hit her second trey with under seven to go in the first, and Gilson added two more freebies amidst a 9-0 run to put the Seasiders in command 29-19 with six minutes left until halftime.

The Argonauts cut into the lead into halftime with BYU-Hawaii holding a 35-30 advantage. Tatupu-Leopoldo led the Seasiders with 15 at the break.

Out of halftime, BYU-Hawaii came out hot, stretching the lead to 40-30 in the first minute.

Not going away easy, Notre Dame de Namur cut the lead down to one-point 46-45 but the Seasiders answered with a 9-0 run to go back in front 55-45 with 13:22 to play.

Again the Argonauts came back but BYU-Hawaii stayed out in front with Bevell hitting a 3-pointer with 8:30 to go, making it 64-57 but NDNU came right back to cut it back to 64-63 with 6:30 left.

The Seasiders' shooting went cold and Notre Dame de Namur retook the lead with some help from the free throw line at 67-66 with 2:27 left in the game.

An Argonaut 3-pointer put NDNU up 72-68 inside of one minute. The triple gave NDNU enough separation as the home team hung on and downed BYU-Hawaii 74-70.

The Seasiders have one more game on the road trip with a visit to Academy of Art on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.

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