Seasiders comeback falls short against Beavers

Seasiders comeback falls short against Beavers

LAIE, Hawaii – Celeste Claw and Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo led BYU-Hawaii women's basketball shoot over 50 percent from the field, but Minot State came out on top 84-75 on Tuesday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

Claw and Tatupu-Leopoldo led the team with 14 points each. Claw recorded six points from behind the arch and four from the free-throw line to go with her eight assists on the night. Tatupu-Leopoldo shot 4 of 7 from distance to go with five rebounds. Whitney Fieldsted recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

As a team BYU-Hawaii shot 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Seasiders also outrebounded the Beavers both offensively and defensively recording 33 rebounds to Minot State's 23. However, the Beavers used 84.6 percent shooting from the charity stripe and a 12-point advantage in points off of turnovers to overcome the Seasiders.

Taryn Skahill drained a jump shot to give BYU-Hawaii its largest lead of the game at 37-27, but Minot State seized the momentum with an 8-0 run to get back within two. The Beavers then used a sustained attack of small runs to pull ahead 45-43 at the half despite two 3-pointers by Claw and Tatupu-Leopoldo before the end of the half.

Tatupu-Leopoldo started BYU-Hawaii off on the right foot with consecutive 3-point jump shots to give BYU-Hawaii the 7-2 lead. After Minot State closed within one, Jiashan Cui made a layup that ignited an 8-2 run that included four points from Cui and four points from Taryn Skahill to give the Seasiders the 15-8 lead.

A 3-pointer from Marquessa Gilson gave BYU-Hawaii a 25-16 lead with just under nine minutes in the half, but Minot State used a 9-2 run to close the gap to two.  The Seasiders responded with a 7-0 run that featured another 3-point jump shot by Tatupu-Leopoldo to retake the nine point lead.

After the Beavers built a 53-47 lead to start the second half, the Seasiders used six-point run with a layup and a three-point jump shot from Gilson to tie the game. Minot State yet again used small runs to build a 11-point lead at 70-59 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Seasiders answered again with a 5-0 run to get back within two possessions with eight minutes remaining. After Minot State built back a 10-point lead, a hook shot by Fieldsted capped another 5-0 to make it a 74-69 game with just over four minutes left on the clock. It was the closest the Seasiders would get as the Beavers were able to hit their free throws to hold off any comeback attempt.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the court on Saturday to take on Oakland City at 3 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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