Gorillas beat up Seasiders

Gorillas beat up Seasiders

HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball was unable to keep up for a full 40 minutes with No. 6 Pittsburg State in a 73-40 loss on Tuesday at St. Francis School Gymnasium.

Jiashan Cui led the Seasiders (3-3, 1-1 PacWest) with 11 points and two assists, while Megan Goodman added eight points and two assists of her own. Whitney Fieldsted led the team with eight rebounds.

Neither team was able to gain much separation in the early going until back-to-back 3-pointers by Cui and Goodman gave the Seasiders a 13-5 lead. Pittsburg State (10-1, 1-0 MIAA) answered with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to one at 15-14 with 11:34 left in the half.

After trading baskets for the next several possesions, the Gorillas used a 7-0 run to take the lead at 25-19 with six minutes remaining in the half. BYU-Hawaii would not get any closer battling enormous defensive pressure from Pittsburg State, but kept the Gorillas lead within single digits at 36-27 with 2:34 left in the half.

A 3-pointer at the buzzer by Pittsburg State capped an 8-0 run and sent the game to halftime with the Gorillas leading 44-27.

Whitney Fieldsted got the first points for the Seasiders from a well-executed pass from Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo for a layup to stop a small 4-0 run by Pittsburg State that opened the second half.  Mata Tonga's layup and two successful free throws from Devyn Kauhi cur the Gorilla lead to 23 at 10:29 left.

The Gorillas would increase their lead to as many as 33 points as they cruised to victory.

BYU-Hawaii returns to Honolulu again on Thursday to take on Wingate at St. Francis School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. HST. Live stats will be available.

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