ST. GEORGE, Utah (Feb. 11, 2014) – Early in the second half the BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team erased an 11-point deficit and then tied the game late but lost a heartbreaker to Dixie State 62-60 on Tuesday.
Jiashan Cui hit a 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left to tie the game at 60-60 but Dixie State's Haley Holmstead knocked down a baseline jumper with seven seconds to win it for the Red Storm (10-11, 8-7).
BYU-Hawaii (2-18, 2-13) battled back from down 11 points in the second half with an early run out of the locker room and hung around the final 10 minutes before coming up just short.
Whitney Fieldsted added a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with nine points and three steals.
The Seasiders led out of the gates, using an 8-0 run to go up 25-17 with 9:48 left in the first half. Hooper had 12 points early on to help pick up the lead.
Tatupu-Leopoldo hit a 3-pointer inside of seven minutes to go in the first half to make it 28-21 but it was all Red Storm from that point until the break.
Dixie State went on a 19-1 run to close the half and took a 40-29 lead into halftime.
The start of the second half was all Seasiders however, as the team quickly trimmed the lead down to one-point. Hooper hit back-to-back shots and Tatupu-Leopoldo started to get hot with eight points over a three-minute span.
Another triple from Tatupu-Leopoldo made it 44-43 Dixie State after five minutes in the second half.
Both teams went ice cold over for nearly six minutes before Dixie State finally scored inside of 10 minutes to go.
The Red Storm steadily added upon their lead but BYU-Hawaii never went away, eventually tying it up late.
The Seasiders will travel to California for Azusa Pacific on Thursday to play the Cougars at 5:30 p.m. PT.