Seasiders fall to Hawks

Seasiders fall to Hawks

OAKLAND, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball opened up conference play with a 58-49 loss to Holy Names Saturday at Tobin Gymnasium.

"I congratulate Holy Names on the win," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "They played harder than we did on both ends of the floor and were able to win the 50-50 plays and did what was needed to win. We will look to bounce back and learn from our mistakes against a very talented Academy of Art team on Monday."

Safia Sheikh led BYU-Hawaii (2-3, 0-1 PacWest) with 11 points and three 3-point shots. Marian Sheikh added 10 points and Mata Tonga finished with 10 rebounds.

Jeana Magana carried Holy Names (1-7, 1-1 PacWest) to victory with 14 points, followed by Taylor Krouse with 11.

The Seasiders shot 32.1 percent from the field, while Holy Names hit 36.2 percent. The Hawks scored 18 points off of 22 BYU-Hawaii turnovers. The back-and-forth game resulted in six ties and four lead changes.

S. Sheikh sparked a 7-0 run in the first quarter to put the Seasiders ahead 11-4 with 1:26 on the clock before Isabelle Ayad answered with consecutive 3-pointers to close the gap to 11-10 at the end of the period.

After four unanswered BYU-Hawaii points, the Hawks went on a 6-point streak with four points from Krouse to take an 18-17 lead with 3:26 left in the half. S. Sheikh hit back-to-back 3-point shots to recapture the Seasider advantage and send them into the break leading 23-18.

The teams traded points and a jump shot by Taryn Skahill gave BYU-Hawaii the 30-25 edge, but Holy Names retaliated with a 12-2 run featuring two 3-pointers by Magana to build a 37-32 lead with 1:26 in the quarter. The Seasiders controlled the rest of the period as they ended it in a 37-37 tie.

The Hawks began the final period with a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 47-39 with 7:12 in the game. M. Sheikh made a three with 5:07 remaining to close the deficit to 49-45, but it was not enough as Holy Names secured their victory.

The Seasiders continue their road trip Monday at Academy of Art at 5:30 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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