Seasiders overpowered by Cougars

Seasiders overpowered by Cougars

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 85-40 in an exhibition game against sister-school BYU on Wednesday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

Valerie Nawahine led the Seasiders (3-2) with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Kjirsten Nelson was just shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

BYU's Lexi Rydalch led all players with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with five rebounds and four assists. Kalani Purcell added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (4-3).

BYU shot 49.2 percent from the field and held BYU-Hawaii at 26.8 percent.

K. Nelson began the game connecting on a jumper, but the Cougars took over from there with a 14-0 run over the next three minutes. Nawahine stopped the run with a 3-pointer with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. BYU continued to extend its lead despite six more points from Nawahine to make it a 30-8 game by the end of the first quarter.

The Cougars increased their lead to 37, with the sole Seasider shot coming from Celeste Claw to make it 47-10 at the break.

K. Nelson led a 6-2 run for the Seasiders with four points to make it 51-16 with 6:17 remaining in the third. A 3-pointer by Nawahine sparked a 7-2 run to close the gap to 66-25 with 46 seconds on the clock.  A buzzer-beating layup by Mata Tonga ended the quarter with the score 68-27 in favor of the Cougars.

BYU held their lead, but two 3-pointers by Nawahine made it a 76-35 game with 4:30 on the clock.

BYU-Hawaii will play another exhibition game at the University of Hawaii on Thursday at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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