LAIE, Hawaii – Valerie Nawahine led BYU-Hawaii women's basketball in a 69-57 loss to Armstrong State on Friday night at the Cannon Activities Center.
Nawahine led the team with a career-high 26 points and six rebounds. Celeste Claw and Kjirsten Nelson contributed eight points each. Claw also ended with seven assists and Emily Nelson got her hands on six rebounds.
B'Kiya Webb led Armstrong State (7-0) with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Brigitta Barta added with 13 points and Machala Raymonville finished with 12 for the Pirates.
Armstrong State had quick hands throughout the night finishing with 15 steals to BYU-Hawaii's (3-2) eight. Both teams shot 50 percent from the free throw line. The Seasiders hit 31.3 percent from behind the arc, holding the Pirates to 26.1 percent.
Armstrong State took control of the game in the fourth opening on an 8-point run highlighted by 3-pointers from Doyle and Harris to make the score 56-43 with 6:48 in the fourth quarter and the Pirates held strong on defense the rest of the way.
Early in the first quarter, Claw made a 3-point jump shot from the left corner to take the 7-4 lead. The Seasiders continued to build their lead with four points from layups by Nawahine and Claw to make it 11-6 with 6:23 in the quarter. A 3-point shot from the Pirates' Deundria Clark tied the game to end the quarter 15-15.
Armstrong State started the second quarter with a 3-point jump shot by Jessica Doyle to gain an 18-15 lead. The Seasiders regained their lead with five unanswered points including a 3-pointer from Nawahine making the score 22-20 with 6:19 remaining. With five minutes left in the quarter, the Pirates tied the game at 22-22 with a layup by Raymonville and continued on a 9-0 run to take the largest lead of the half. Claw and Devyn Kauhi each hit jumpers to cut the gap to 29-26 at the break.
After the Pirates built a 4-point lead, the Seasiders closed again with a jump shot on the left wing from Nawahine to make it 32-31 with 7:22 on the clock. Armstrong State kept their lead with an 8-0 run featuring two layups and another 3-point shot from Doyle to bring the score to 40-31 with 5:00 remaining in the quarter. Nawahine made two 3-point jump shots to bring the score to 40-37 with 3:50 left and keep BYU-Hawaii in striking distance. The Pirates did not relinquish the lead as Web hit two jump shots and Shermika Harris finished at the rim to take a 48-41 into the half.
Taryn Skahill connected on a jumper for the Seasiders to cut the lead in back to 11 with 6:32 left in the game. Nawahine kept the Seasiders within striking distance with two layups and a 3-pointer with one minute left in the game. Despite a layup by Mata Tonga, the Seasiders were unable to catch up to the Pirates as they ended the game 69-57.
BYU-Hawaii will play an exhibition game against Brigham Young University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.