SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Jiashan Cui tied her career-high 25 points, but BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 97-81 to Dominican on Tuesday at the Conlan Center.
Celeste Claw joined Cui to lead the Seasiders (4-5, 1-3 PacWest) with 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Sandra Ikeora tied Cui with a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds for the Penguins (7-4, 3-1 PacWest), while teammate Melissa Boscarino added 21 points.
Cui scored the first 10 points for BYU-Hawaii to give it the 10-7 lead four minutes into the game. The Penguins responded with a 9-2 run to take the lead at 16-12 with three minutes remaining. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter as Dominican took a 23-16 lead into the second.
BYU-Hawaii was able to get within three points of Dominican after Cui capitalized on a steal with a jumper to make it a 23-20 two minutes into the second. A 7-2 run by the Penguins lengthened their lead back to seven with 7:12 remaining in the second quarter.
The Seasiders continued to battle and halfway through the quarter Valerie Nawahine connected on a 3-pointer to close the gap to 34-31. With 3:22 on the clock a jumper by Nawahine was followed by a 3-pointer from Claw to give BYU-Hawaii a brief lead at 40-38, but Dominican used an 8-3 run to take the 46-43 lead into the locker room.
A layup by Sandra Ikeora spurred a 13-0 run for the Penguins to start the second half to make it a 59-43 with 3:59 remaining in the quarter. Dominican continued to expand the lead with an 11-0 run to make it 71-45 with 1:27 remaining in the quarter. Cui made four-consecutive free throws to end the third quarter 71-50 in favor of the Penguins.
Despite shots from Cui, Nawahine and Claw, the Penguins were able to hold a double-digit lead throughout the final quarter and take the 94-81 victory over the Seasiders.
BYU-Hawaii takes on Fresno Pacific at 5 p.m. PST on Thursday. Live stats will be available online.