RIVERSIDE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball lost 93-72 on the road against Cal Baptist on Wednesday in the Van Dyne Gym.
"We played hard for about 30 min, but against a great team we must bring the intensity the entire time," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We had some solid contributions from Cui, Claw and Kauhi, but were never able to contain their transition game and 3-pointshooting."
Celeste Claw led the way for the Seasiders (8-11, 5-9 PacWest) with 17 points and Jiashan Cui added 15 points. Cassidy Mihalko put together another great performance for Cal Baptist (20-1, 12-1 PacWest) with 29 points, shooting 66 percent from behind the arc.
The Seasiders shot just 39 percent from the field while the Lancers shot a blazing 51 percent. The Lancers also outrebounded the Seasiders 47-35.
The Lancers jumped out quickly to a 26-4 lead over the first seven minutes of the game. Megan Frerer and Mihalko led the attack early converting on six straight baskets in the paint. The easy buckets in the paint spread the Seasider's defense leading to Courtney Nelson hitting two wide opened 3-pointers to close the first quarter with the Lancers leading 34-10.
The Seasiders came out more aggressive offensively in the second quarter getting the ball into the paint. Taylor Jackson provided a quick spark off the bench driving into the lane scoring and finding open shooters. BYU-Hawaii was able to cut the lead under 20 at the halfway mark, but the Lancers kept their distance behind the hot shooting of Mihalko to take a 55-38 lead into the break.
Both teams would trade baskets in the third quarter. Claw began to hit some perimeter shots, but the deficit was too large for the Seasiders to cut the lead under 15. Nelson and Mihalko hit four 3-pointers in the quarter to help the Lancers hold on to their comfortable 20 point lead.
Cal Baptist continued the offensive aggressiveness in the fourth quarter scoring nine straight on BYU-Hawaii. Kamille Diaz converted on two 3-pointers in transition to widen the gap to 22 points.
The Seasiders will be back in action against Azusa Pacific this Friday at 5:30 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.