Academy of Art escapes hot-shooting Seasiders

Academy of Art escapes hot-shooting Seasiders

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 25, 2014) – The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team gave Pacific West Conference leader Academy of Art all it could handle in an 79-70 loss at the Kezar Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Seasiders (2-14, 2-9) hung with the Urban Knights (13-6, 10-1) for most of the game, answering every run with one of their own to keep things close. Too many turnovers doomed BYU-Hawaii and despite hot shooting came up short.

Four players scored in double digits for the Seasiders, including Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo with a team-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds. Danna Lynn Hooper added 14 points, Marquessa Gilson and Jiashan Cui each chipped in 11. Gilson had five rebounds, four assists and one steal as well.

BYU-Hawaii shot 53.5 percent for the game including 8 of 9 from 3-point land but 33 turnovers were too many to overcome the Urban Knights.

A 7-0 run in the first half gave BYU-Hawaii a 23-19 lead inside of 10 minutes. The run was powered behind a Talyn Bevell 3-pointer and two points each from Tatupu-Leopoldo and Whitney Fieldsted.

Turnovers continued to plague BYU-Hawaii however, and Academy of Art came back with a run of their own to go back up 27-23 with 5:12 to go.

Back and forth it went with the Seasiders coming right back to tie it up inside of four minutes behind a fastbreak and score by Cui.

Both teams went into the break tied at 33-33. BYU-Hawaii overcame 18 first-half turnovers with 50 percent shooting and outrebounded the Knights 24-20.

Academy of Art took a lead early in the second half but Hooper tied it up with a trey from the top of the arc, making it 50-50 and Tatupu-Leopoldo drained one more to make it 53-52 with 12 minutes left on the game clock.

Another run from the Knights put them back up 60-53 with 8:25 to go.

BYU-Hawaii fell behind over the next four minutes but kept things within reach at 72-67 with 3:11 remaining.

The separation was just enough for Academy of Art to squeak by the Seasiders 79-70.

BYU-Hawaii returns home to Laie to take on Azusa Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m.

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