Seasiders finish strong to topple Lady Oaks

Seasiders finish strong to topple Lady Oaks

LAIE, Hawaii – Four members of BYU-Hawaii women's basketball scored in double figures to secure an 81-74 victory over Oakland City Tuesday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"I liked the way we responded to adversity and played together," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "It was a team win that will definitely help us in the long run."

Safia Sheikh led the Seasiders (2-2) with 23 points and five assists. Marian Sheikh had the hot hand, shooting 4 of 7 from 3-point range on her way to 21 total points. Kristin Baldwin ended the night with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds and Mata Tonga finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Chelsea Jellison led the Lady Oaks (1-2) with game-high 25 points off seven 3-pointers and added seven rebounds, while Maddison Ubelhor contributed 15 points.

BYU-Hawaii shot 46 percent from the field, holding Oakland City to 40.3 percent, but the Lady Oaks shot a blistering 47.8 percent from behind the arc. BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Oakland City 43-36 and had a 10-point advantage in points off turnovers.

Baldwin sparked a 7-0 Seasider run to begin the game, allowing them to build a 12-3 advantage with six minutes in the first half. Oakland City answered with five consecutive points to close the gap to 14-10 two minutes later. The teams traded 3-point shots and the Lady Oaks came within three, but Tonga grabbed an offensive rebound and sunk a jump shot on back-to-back possessions to end the period 24-17 for BYU-Hawaii.

Emily Pitkin's jumper initiated a 6-0 run to put Oakland City close at 24-23 with 8:22 in the second quarter, but the Seasiders held their edge through the seesaw scoring. The Sheikh sisters went on a 7-2 run to make it 40-33 with 51 seconds left, only allowing one additional point from the Lady Oaks before the break.

A 3-pointer by Jellison sent the Lady Oaks on a 9-point streak to give them their first lead of the game at 46-44 with 5:44 remaining in the third period. Five points by S. Sheikh gave the lead back to BYU-Hawaii, but Oakland City retaliated with a 6-0 run featuring a 3-pointer by Ubelhor to regain a 52-49 advantage with 3:14 on the clock. Back-and-forth scoring continued and a free throw from Baldwin ended the period at a 57-57 tie.

The lead changed for the majority of the fourth quarter as neither team could make more than two consecutive shots. The Sheikh sisters combined for a 5-point streak to give the Seasiders a 66-63 edge with 5:37 in the game, but Jellison answered with a three to tie the game. After missing a free throw, Baldwin grabbed her own rebound and made the jump shot to close out an 8-point run in the final minutes to secure the win.

BYU-Hawaii will return to action Dec. 3 at Holy Names at 2 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.