Sealions top Lady Seasiders

Sealions top Lady Seasiders

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.                                                                

Brydgette Tatupu led the Seasiders (12-10, 9-7 PacWest) with 20 points and added four steals. Marquessa Gilson recorded 12 points and grabbed two rebounds.

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.


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