Seasiders fall prey to Griffons

Seasiders fall prey to Griffons

LAIE, Hawaii – Marian Sheikh had her best game of the year, but BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 78-49 to Missouri Western State Saturday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"We were able to win the rebounding battle again, which is a constant focus for us," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We knew Missouri Western was a tough team, but I would have liked to see us take care of the ball a little better against a quality opponent like that. We like to play quality opponents like [Missouri Western] because that is who we want to become and shows us what we have to improve."

M. Sheikh finished with 18 points on the night, making five 3-pointers. Safia Sheikh contributed 10 points, while Mata Tonga grabbed 10 rebounds and added eight points.

Chelsea Dewey led all players with 19 points and seven assists for Missouri Western (4-1). Dwanisha Tate added 12 points and six rebounds and Savannah Lentz contributed 11 points off three 3-pointers.

BYU-Hawaii (1-2) shot 46.2 percent from behind the arc, while Missouri Western finished at 33.3 percent. The Seasiders outrebounded the Griffons 38-30, but the Griffons stole the ball 16 times to score 34 points off turnovers.

Consecutive 3-pointers by M. Sheikh gave BYU-Hawaii a quick 6-2 advantage in the first 30 seconds of the game, but Missouri Western answered with a 7-point run led by Dewey to take the 9-6 lead with five minutes in the quarter. The Griffons would not relinquish the lead. M. Sheikh sunk another shot behind the arc to make it a one-poing game with 4:09 remaining, but Julia Torres initiated a 7-0 streak for the Griffons to take a 21-15 lead into the second quarter.

Missouri Western started the second quarter with an 11-2 run featuring three 3-pointers from Lentz to pull ahead 32-17 with 7:43 to go. With five seconds on the clock, Dewey was fouled while making a layup then followed through on her free throw to send the Griffons into the locker room with a 43-22 lead.

Erin Anderson led a 9-point run for Missouri Western, giving them the largest lead of the game at 54-24 three minutes into the second half. Jessica Horrocks ignited an 11-0 Seasider streak with five points by S. Sheikh to put BYU-Hawaii within 19 at 56-37 with one minute remaining in the third quarter.

Kristin Baldwin and M. Sheikh each added a 3-pointer during an 8-point run for BYU-Hawaii to make it 63-45 with 6:55 in the game, but the Griffons answered with a 6-0 run to hold their 73-46 advantage in the final two minutes.

The Seasiders will return to action on Tuesday as they host Oakland City at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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