LAIE, Hawaii – Kristin Baldwin led BYU-Hawaii women's basketball in a 70-53 loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills Wednesday at the Cannon Activities Center.
"It showed it was our first game and we've got a lot of things we need to work on," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "Offensively we were very raw and still trying to figure out how to play together. We realized that we've got to be more patient and work together, but I was encouraged by our rebounding. If it wasn't for our work on the glass, their lead would have been even bigger."
Kayla Gillett led the Toros (1-2) to victory with a game-high 21 points. Simone Thompson was perfect from behind the arc (4-4) to add 18 points, while Imari Brown ended with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Cal State Dominguez Hills finished with 40.3 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from behind the arc, holding BYU-Hawaii to 31 percent and 27.8 percent, respectively. The Seasiders outrebounded the Toros 46-36, but the difference came in turnovers as BYU-Hawaii had 32 to Cal State Dominguez Hills' 19.
The Toros built an 11-5 advantage in the first quarter on an 8-0 run highlighted by Thompson's 3-point jump shot with 2:27 remaining before a 7-point run pushed them up 18-7. S. Sheikh added a 3-pointer and two free throws for the Seasiders to trim the lead to 18-12 heading to the second.
A free throw by Baldwin closed the gap to 21-18 with 6:48 in the half and the teams alternated baskets to keep the score close. Consecutive jump shots by BYU-Hawaii put it within two, but Toro Delaura Castanada retaliated with five-unanswered points to make it 32-25 with 18 seconds in the half.
Baldwin powered a 6-0 Seasider run to put them within three at 36-33 coming out of the locker room, but Cal State Dominguez Hills answered with their own run featuring two 3-pointers to extend their lead back to 10 with two minutes in the quarter. M. Sheikh sunk a deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer as she was fouled then followed through on the free throw to close the gap to 48-39 heading to the final period.
Seesaw scoring continued into the fourth, as neither team was able to record more than four consecutive points until the Toros went on a 12-1 run with two 3-pointers from Thompson to build a 68-49 edge with two minutes in the game.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the court Friday to face Central Washington at 7 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.