Four Seasiders score in double-figures in victory over Silverswords

Four Seasiders score in double-figures in victory over Silverswords

LAIE, Hawaii – Four players scored in double figures as BYU-Hawaii women's basketball defeated Chaminade 63-52 on Saturday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

"We played with a lot more focus than Thursday night," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We focused on our defense and did a really good job at that end of the court. We need to continue to do well defensively as we prepare for Hawaii."

Whitney Fieldsted ended the night with her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds to go with five assists. Megan Goodman, Emily Nelson and Celeste Claw each came away with 10 points. Claw added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals to her stats, while Nelson fell just short of a double-double as well with nine rebounds on the night.

As a team, the Seasiders (3-2, 1-1 PacWest) held the Silverswords (0-6, 0-2 PacWest) to 28.1 percent and 12.5 from downtown. BYU-Hawaii also held the advantage over Chaminade in rebounds, assists, second chance points and bench points.

A 3-pointer from Claw started the game off to put BYU-Hawaii on the board and give them a lead they would hold for all but 14 seconds of the game. A seven-point run gave the Seasiders 12-4 lead, but the Silverswords were able to get back within two with 12 minutes remaining. 

A 3-pointer gave Chaminade their only lead of the game at 11:50. Moments later a jump-shot from Tatupu-Leopoldo gave the lead back to the Seasiders and sparked a 10-2 run to make it 25-18 game with 7:58 left in the half.

The Silverswords were able to cut the lead to two again, but Tatupu-Leopoldo led a 9-0 run with five points along to give BYU-Hawaii a 36-25 lead. Despite the tremendous full-court pressure from the Silverswords, the Seasiders were able to maintain their advantage into the final whistle taking a 38-27 lead into the break.

Tatutpu-Leopoldo led all players with 11 points in the first half and Claw added six rebounds, four assists and two steals with nine points in the first half.

The Seasiders started the second half hot adding to their lead with a jump-shot from Emily Nelson and a 3-pointer from Claw to take a 16-point lead. Goodman drained another shot from behind the arc to give make it a 48-33 game.

The Silverswords continued to battle cutting the lead to 10 with a minute remaining in the game, but it was too late as the Seasiders didn't allow them to score again for the remainder of the game.

BYU-Hawaii returns to action in an exhibition against Hawaii Saturday at 7 p.m. HST at the Stan Sheriff Center. The game will be broadcast live by OC Sports and live stats will be available online.

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