LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell to Division I opponent Butler 71-50 in an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon in the Cannon Activities Center.
"Obviously it's a difficult task going against division I teams and we did some things well in the first half of the game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We learned a lot about the things we need to do to get better today. We need to be able to step up and play to that level because a lot of the teams or in our conference are this good."
Tatupu-Leopoldo scored five points and Claw hit two 3-point jump shots in a row to give BYU-Hawaii an early 15-7 lead during 13-2 run. The Bulldogs battled back taking a 16-15 lead with only 10:48 left in the first half following a 9-1 run.
The lead changed several times between the Seasiders and the Bulldogs, until Butler's Belle Obert made a 3-point jump shot to give them a 22-20 lead.
There were 11 lead changes in the first half as the teams traded baskets, but the Seasiders went into the locker room on top after Tatupu-Leopoldo drained a 3-pointer with two seconds left to make it 30-29 with only two second.
The Bulldogs started the second half with a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead. BYU-Hawaii struggled against Butler's full court press as the Bulldogs continued their offensive assault with a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 62-40 with seven minutes remaining.
The Seasiders will return on the court for their first conference game of the season against Hawaii Pacific at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu on Thursday at 5 p.m. HST.