LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 97-67 to Dominican on Saturday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
"We played a very good team tonight and our weaknesses showed," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "Jiashan [Cui] gave a terrific effort tonight both offensively and defensively. We will refocus ourselves on Monday as we prepare for this challenging run of games coming up."
Cui recorded a career-high of 29 points and was the only BYU-Hawaii (6-7, 3-5 PacWest) player to score in double digits. Mata Tonga added seven rebounds for the Seasiders.
Sandra Ikeora tied Cui for the game-high with 29 points for Dominican (10-5, 6-2 PacWest). Allyssa Weatherd finished with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Carly Holboke added 22 points for the Penguins.
BYU-Hawaii shot 33.9 percent from the field, while Dominican was 47.4 percent from the field. The Penguins outrebounded the Seasiders 47-40.
After a close first half, Dominican's Ikeora made a layup to spark a 14-point run to blow open the game and give the Penguins a 65-41 advantage with 5:05 in the third quarter. An 8-0 run featuring a 3-pointer by Holboke extended Dominican's margin to 73-44 with three minutes remaining.
Tonga connected on a jumper in an early 6-0 run to give the Seasiders their first lead at 10-7 with 6:36 in the first quarter. The Penguins answered with a 7-point run to regain the lead at 16-12 with 3:14 in the quarter.
Weathered led Dominican on a 7-0 run with five points to retake the lead 25-20 one minute into the second period. Cui and Claw combined for a 7-point run to answer and tie the game at 29 with four minutes until halftime.
The Penguins ended the half on a 12-2 run and the Seasiders went into the locker room trailing 47-37.
A buzzer-beating layup by Cui was no match for the Penguins' hot shooting as the Seasiders ended the quarter down 83-52.
Cui did all she could to hold up the Seasiders in the fourth quarter with a 9-point run of her own featuring two 3-pointers to make it 85-61 with 7:46 in the game, but it was too late for BYU-Hawaii to comeback from the large deficit.
BYU-Hawaii will play Academy of Art on Tuesday at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.