Seasiders pull away in second half

Seasiders pull away in second half

LAIE, Hawaii – Valerie Nawahine's double-double led BYU-Hawaii women's basketball to an 85-63 victory over Chaminade in the Cannon Activities Center on Saturday night.

Four Seasiders (4-4, 1-2 PacWest) scored in double digits to give the team their highest scoring game this season. Nawahine led with 15 points and 10 rebounds while going 100 percent from the free-throw line. Jiashan Cui also contributed 15 and Kjirsten Nelson added 13. Celeste Claw finished with 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Lilia Maio led the Silverswords (3-5, 3-1 PacWest) with a game-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds and three assists. Courtney Kaupu added 12 points and four assists.

BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Chaminade 52-46 and had 14 steals to their 6. Both teams had 29 fouls, resulting in a combined 43 points on free throws. BYU-Hawaii shot 37 percent from the field, holding Chaminade to 33.3 percent.

After trailing for most of the first half, the Seasiders began the third quarter with a 7-point run on mainly free throws to close the gap to 40-39 with seven minutes on the clock. BYU-Hawaii took the 42-41 lead on a 3-point jumper by Claw with 5:39 remaining. With the game tied at 46-46 the Seasiders' 15-0 run that ended with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by K. Nelson to take the lead for good at 61-46 heading into the final quarter of play.

The Seasiders built an early 13-11 lead in the first on an 8-2 run with two 3-pointers by Cui, but the Silverswords answered with a 12-point run to take a double-digit advantage with 1:56 in the first quarter. BYU-Hawaii attempted to fight back with four straight points, but a buzzer-beating jump shot by Maio made it a 25-17 game headed to the second.

The Silverswords led by as many as 13 in the second as the teams traded baskets and runs. BYU-Hawaii used two 5-0 runs to head into the locker room trailing 40-32.

Nawahine led a 10-3 Seasider run in the fourth quarter with five points to push the lead to 24-point at 76-52 with 5:38 left. Four consecutive points by Taylor Jackson made it 82-57 and gave BYU-Hawaii its largest lead of the game with 2:03 on the clock.

The Seasiders will play Penn in a nonconference game on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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