Seasiders no match for Sharks offensive attack

Seasiders no match for Sharks offensive attack

HONOLULU - BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 86-53 to Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday in the Blaisdell Center.

"We competed a little bit in the first half, but Hawaii Pacific took us out of the stuff we like to do," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We didn't control anything that they did. They're a good team and we didn't respond. The game just got out of hand."

Kjirsten Nelson led the Seasiders (2-2, 0-1 PacWest) with 12 points, two blocks, and two steals. Celeste Claw led all players with six assists. Marquessa Gilson chipped in nine points and Whitney Fieldsted contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.

BYU-Hawaii shot 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Hawaii Pacific (5-1, 1-0 PacWest) shot 56 percent from the field to control the game. The Seasiders bench contributed 25 points.

HPU took the lead early in the game, but a seven-point run by BYU-Hawaii tied things at 15-15 after Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo's 3-pointer with 14:05. 

Both teams continued to trade baskets, resulting in several lead changes until a layup by Mata Tonga gave BYU-Hawaii the 21-20 lead with 11:11 left in the first half.

The Sharks retook the lead moments later and looked to extend it to double-digits, but Fieldsted's layup with 5:46 on the clock closed the lead to 32-25.

HPU's Chenise Peone hit a layup with 31 seconds remaining to send BYU-Hawaii into halftime behind 41-31. Tatupu-Leopoldo led the Seasiders with seven points in the first half.

The Sharks came out strong in the second half with an 8-0 run until Gilson made a layup to make the score 49-33 with 17 minutes left.

A 3-pointer from Megan Goodman ended a nine-point run by HPU and brought the score to 60-38 with 14:12 left. 

The Sharks continued the attack with the lead growing to as large as 34 points.

BYU-Hawaii returns home to take on Chaminade in the Cannon Activities Center at 5 p.m. HST on Thursday. Live stats and streaming will be available online.

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