Seasiders slip by Penguins

Seasiders slip by Penguins

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Junior point guard Celeste Claw finished with 19 points and seven assists to lead BYU-Hawaii women's basketball past Dominican 64-61 on Monday night in the Conlan Center.

Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo and Emily Nelson each added 13 points for the Seasiders (10-5, 7-2 PacWest). Whitney Fieldsted finished with seven points and nine rebounds.

BYU-Hawaii held Dominican (7-9, 4-6 PacWest) to 35.4 percent shooting and outrebounded the Penguins 49-36. The Seasiders also held a 28-22 advantage in points in the paint.

Trailing at the break, BYU-Hawaii looked down low early in the second half with Fieldsted and Nelson combining for four points during a 7-0 run to tie the game with 18 minutes left. A 3-pointer by Marquessa Gilson and a jumper by Nelson finished a second seven-point run to retake a 37-33 lead with 17:03 remaining. The Seasiders withstood several runs by the Penguins during the remainder of the game to take the victory.

The game started with both teams trading baskets for the first several minutes until a 3-pointer and a layup by Claw gave the Seasiders a 10-7 lead with 17 minutes left in the half. The Penguins answered with a 14-0 run powered by eight points from Carly Holboke, taking the only double-digit lead of the game at 21-10.

Gilson drained a shot behind the arc to finish a small 5-0 run to close Dominican's lead down to four with three minutes left in the half. It was the closest the Seasiders would get for the remainder of the half, as the teams traded points and the Penguins took a 30-23 lead into the break.

After the Seasiders outscored the Penguins 14-3 to open the second half, Dominican kept things close tying the game twice and retaking a 45-43 lead on a jumper by Allyssa Weatherd with 12:21 on the clock. Four consecutive points by Fieldsted and a basket by Nelson gave BYU-Hawaii the lead back at 51-47 with eight minutes remaining.

Dominican battled back to tie the game again at 57-57 on a Jessy Marshall 3-pointer. The Seasiders answered as Nelson scored one from the charity stripe and Claw laid it in off the glass to take a 60-57 lead with 1:09 remaining in the game. An offensive rebound and put back by Dominican's Sarah Nelson made it a one-point BYU-Hawaii lead with 56 seconds showing on the clock.

The defense made things tough for the rest of the game as two free-throws by Tatupu-Leopoldo gave the Seasiders all the room they needed to close out the victory.

The Seasiders will return to action on Thursday to take on Fresno Pacific at 5:30 p.m. PST in Fresno, California. Live stats and audio will be available online.

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