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.
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.