HONOLULU – Emily Nelson nearly recorded her second-straight double-double, but BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 53-45 to Mary on Thursday at St. Francis School Gymnasium.
E. Nelson finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Kjirsten Nelson added 13 points and four rebounds. Celeste Claw distributed the ball well for the Seasiders (3-1), finishing with eight assists to go with a game-high four steals. Brittney Dietz and Hannah Larson each had a game-high 14 points for the Marauders (3-2).
BYU-Hawaii struggled from behind the arc hitting 1-of-16 attempts, while shooting 43.2 percent inside the arc. Mary finished shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent behind the arc.
K. Nelson led the Seasiders early, scoring seven of their first nine points to give BYU-Hawaii the 9-7 lead. The first quarter was a defensive battle that saw a 2-minute scoring drought for both teams, but E. Nelson hit a jump shot with 1:21 remaining to send the Seasiders into the second leading 13-11.
After a K. Nelson jumper made it 17-13 in favor of BYU-Hawaii, a Dani Clarke 3-pointer jump started a 9-0 run to change the lead and the momentum in favor of Mary. The teams continued to trade baskets until Claw and E. Nelson hit back-to-back layups in the closing minute to cut the Marauder lead to 26-23 at the half.
Devyn Kauhi and K. Nelson both hit jumpers early in the third to cut Mary's lead to one at 28-27 before another 3-minute defensive battle between the teams. Hayley Niles connected from behind the arc to extend the lead to four and Mary slowly pushed the lead to double-digits at 41-31 going into the fourth behind four more points from Dietz.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trade baskets the entire way as the Seasiders could get no closer than seven.
BYU-Hawaii will look to rebound at home Friday against Armstrong State at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.