SAN DIEGO, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball was unable to overcome Point Loma on the road falling 73-55 at Golden Gymnasium on Saturday.
The game began evenly matched with both teams matching each other's points until it was an 8-8 score early in the game, thanks to shots from Whitney Fieldsted, Tatupu and Gilson. Point Loma (15-10, 13-5 PacWest) found its groove and went on a 12-0 run to take a 20-8 lead over the Seasiders that the Sealions wouldn't relinquish.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Celeste Claw and Gilson cut the lead to six with 4:23 left in the first half. Point Loma answered and slowly built the lead back over double digits at 29-18 heading into the break.
BYU-Hawaii was plagued with fouls to start the second half as Point Loma converted four points from fouls in the first five minutes, but the Seasiders answered with a layup from Mata Tonga and a jumper from Claw to keep within striking distance.
With 15:24 left in the game, the Sealions went on a 10-0 run that was finally stopped by a Devyn Kauhhi 3-pointer, but they quickly regained their momentum and answered with four more points to make it a 48-30 game.
With 5:21 remaining on the clock the Sealions went on another 7-0 run to increase their lead against the Seasiders. BYU-Hawaii made one last all-out attempt that resulted in an 8-0 run to decrease the lead to 69-52 after makes from behind the arc by Tatupu and Gilson and a layup from Tatupu.
It was the closest the Seasiders would get as the Sealions cruised to victory.
BYU-Hawaii wraps up its road trip on Monday against Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. PST. Live stats will be available online.