LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball used a strong defensive effort to overcome Ursuline College in a close 62-57 game Saturday in the Cannon Activities Center.
"We executed well down the stretch and found a way to win in a close game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We did well rebounding which is one of our keys this year, but we still struggled with turnovers. We will keep focusing on bringing those down, but I'm proud of the effort and the energy from the ladies tonight."
Safia Sheikh led BYU-Hawaii (5-5) with 16 points and a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. Kristin Baldwin recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Marian Sheikh added 10 points.
Brigan Wymer was the led all players with 18 points and Erica Huber finished with 11 points for Ursuline (6-4). Camryn Hill added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Laney Lewis contributed 10 rebounds.
The Seasiders shot 39 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe, holding the Arrows to 30.3 and 71.4, respectively. BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Ursuline 49-39.
The teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the game, until Taryn Skahill sparked a 7-point streak featuring a 3-point jumper from Tyvette White to give BYU-Hawaii a 12-8 advantage. The Arrows answered back with five points of their own to pull ahead 13-12 with 28 seconds remaining before Baldwin ended the quarter with a 15-footer at the buzzer to give BYU-Hawaii the one-point lead.
The Seasiders added to their lead with six unanswered points to open the second quarter, making it 20-15. Huber recorded four consecutive points to keep Ursuline within one at 22-21 with 5:22 on the clock. The seesaw scoring continued and two free throws by Wymer made it 28-25 in favor of BYU-Hawaii at the half.
The Arrows started the third quarter with a 6-0 run to gain a 31-28 lead with 7:34 to go. Maia Jean Watene tipped it in and Skahill added six points to send the Seasiders on a 10-2 run to give them the 38-33 lead with 2:46 remaining in the period.
Hill sparked Ursuline on a 6-0 streak to begin the fourth, as the Arrows pulled ahead 42-40 with 7:09 in the game. The Sheikh sisters worked together to answer for BYU-Hawaii with an 11-2 run with eight points from S. Sheikh and three free throws from M. Sheikh to push BYU-Hawaii up 51-44 with 4:20 on the clock.
Carly Koncz retaliated with back-to-back threes to close the gap to 51-50 and the teams traded points down the line to keep the score close, but a few key steals and made free-throws in the final minute sealed the victory for the Seasiders.
BYU-Hawaii will return to action Monday at 5 p.m. HST to host Chaminade. Live stats and video will be available online.