LAIE, Hawaii (Jan. 30, 2014) – Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points but the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team fell to Azusa Pacific 86-71 on Thursday night.
Tatupu-Leopoldo went 9 of 16 from the field and 7 of 11 from downtown. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
BYU-Hawaii shot 46 percent for the game, outshooting the Cougars' 45.2 percent. Danna Lynn Hooper added 14 points and four assists while Jiashan Cui put up seven points, eight assists and three steals.
The Seasiders cut the lead down to two points in the second half but Azusa Pacific had more in the final minutes to run away with it.
Both teams were slow out of the gates. The Seasiders managed three buckets in the first nine minutes but Azusa Pacific held only a 9-7 edge after Tatupu-Leopoldo hit her first 3-pointer.
The Cougars started to force some turnovers however, building up a 24-14 lead with 5:40 left until halftime.
Fieldsted banked in a short jumper and Tatupu-Leopoldo nailed a triple to make it 33-21 with 2:39 to go. The Seasiders trimmed the lead to 10 points at halftime, down 39-29.
BYU-Hawaii came out firing in the second half. Tatupu-Leopoldo got red-hot and made three treys in a row to bring her total to six as part of an 11-0 run to put BYU-Hawaii on top 40-39 in the first 3:30 of the second half.
APU responded though and retook the lead at 60-49 with 7:22 to go.
A 10-2 run from the Seasiders, highlighted by five more points from Tatupu-Leopoldo and a 3-pointer from Hooper made it a two-point ballgame at 64-62 with 4:50 left in the game.
Down the stretch the Cougars had another run in them and put the game too far out of reach, going on to win 86-71.
BYU-Hawaii will play Cal Baptist on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center.