HONOLULU – Kristin Baldwin carried BYU-Hawaii women's basketball to a 71-67 victory against Chaminade Thursday at the McCabe Gymnasium.
"Great win against a very stubborn opponent," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We focused on rebounding and we're able to dominate that area. We were also successful taking better care of the ball and finished with more assists than turnovers. Kristin and Mata [Tonga] contributed well inside where we knew we had the advantage."
Baldwin led all players with her second consecutive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds while adding two blocks. Marian Sheikh contributed 14 points to go with a career-high seven rebounds and three steals. Mata Tonga added 12 points on 83.3 percent shooting from the field and three assists.
Lilia Maio led the Silverswords (2-14, 2-10 PacWest) with 17 points and Taylor Babbitt grabbed seven boards.
Chaminade shot 41 percent from the field, holding BYU-Hawaii (7-8, 4-5 PacWest) to 38 percent. The Silverswords also outshot the Seasiders from behind the arc and the charity stripe, but BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Chaminade 51-37. The Seasiders were able to score 18 points off the Silverswords' 15 turnovers.
Baldwin combined with the Sheikh sisters combined for four layups to open the game and give BYU-Hawaii the momentum to hold its lead from start to finish. Maio scored five points to contribute to a 7-0 Silversword run, closing the deficit to 8-7 with 5:53 on the clock in the first quarter. The teams traded baskets until four points by Tyvette White made it 18-13 in favor of the Seaiders to end the period.
Baldwin led an 8-3 run that pushed BYU-Hawaii up to a double-digit lead at 26-16 with 7:25 remaining in the second quarter. Chaminade retaliated with a 7-1 run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Carissa Webb to make it 27-23 with 4:40 to go. Seesaw scoring continued before M. Sheikh hit a 3-point jumper and Tonga made a buzzer-beating layup to send BYU-Hawaii into the break leading 42-31.
The Seasiders went on a 7-1 run of their own featuring a 3-pointer by Safia Sheikh to gain their largest lead of the game at 49-34 with 6:36 in the third period. The Silverswords quickly responded with nine unanswered points including a 3-pointer by Chantal Yadao and four points from Babbitt to close the gap to 49-43 with 2:25 left.
The teams continued to trade points in the fourth quarter until Baldwin sparked a 7-2 run and M. Sheikh connected on a shot from beyond the arc to extend the BYU-Hawaii lead 68-54 with 4:27 in the game. Chaminade answered back with a 9-point streak, hoping to make a comeback as they brought the score to 68-63 with 49 seconds to play, but they were unable to get any closer.
The Seasiders return to action Saturday to host Holy Names at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.