RIVERSIDE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 80-54 against Cal Baptist Lancers at Van Dyne gym on Monday.
Brydgette Tatupu led the team with 15 points, five rebounds and one assist. Whitney Fieldsted added 12 points and two rebounds. Close behind was Kjirsten Nelson who contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Celeste Claw had a total of nine points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.
BYU-Hawaii (12-11, 9-8 PacWest) outrebounded Cal Baptist (21-4, 14-3 PacWest) by 14, but it wasn't enough as the Seasiders faced a huge first-half deficit.
The Lancers quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead of 11 points after a jump shot by Emily Schmidt made it 15-4 in the opening minutes of the game. The Lancers added a 24-2 run over a five minute stretch to take a 35-6 lead with 5:16 left in the half.
BYU-Hawaii struggled to get any offense going in the first half and headed into the locker room trailing 48-12 to Cal Baptist.
Early in the second half, the Lancers built their largest lead of 41 points at 55-14 with 18:19 minutes left in the game. Free throws by Celeste Claw cut Cal Baptist's lead to 30 points at 33-63 with only 11:18 left remaining.
The Seasiders continued to trail the game and had a 9-0 run to make it 74-45 with three minutes remaining. BYU-Hawaii added one an eight point run to finish with 42 points in the second half, but it was not near enough to catch Cal Baptist.
The Seasiders will return to the island of Oahu to take on Hawaii Hilo on Friday at 5 p.m. HST in the CAC. Live stats and video will be available online.