Seasiders toppled by Lancers

Seasiders toppled by Lancers

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 107-75 to California Baptist Saturday in the Van Dyne Gym.

"I was pleased with another good game of taking care of the ball," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We also had five players score in double figures, but we were unable to contain the 3-point barrage. Kristin [Baldwin] had another good game for us and helped lock down their bigs, but we were unable to contain the early possession 3-pointers and rotating on penetration."

Baldwin shot 80 percent from the field to carry BYU-Hawaii (8-11, 5-8 PacWest) with 18 points, seven boards and two blocks. Safia and Marian Sheikh each added six rebounds to go with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Tyvette White finished with 11 points on the night and Taryn Skahill added 10.

Kamille Diaz led all players with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Lexy Ram followed with 21 points and four other Lancers (24-2, 15-0 PacWest) ended in double digits. Tori Mitchell contributed 11 rebounds.

Cal Baptist shot 50 percent from the field and made 16 3-pointers, holding BYU-Hawaii to 38.7 percent of field goals and five threes. The Seasiders outshot the Lancers from the charity stripe, recording 66.7 percent to their 61.9 and had five blocks to Cal Baptist's two.

The Sheikh sisters gave BYU-Hawaii a quick start with five quick points, but Diaz led a 5-point streak for the Lancers to tie the game with 7:23 in the first quarter. The teams traded buckets until an 11-0 run featuring three 3-pointers by Ram put Cal Baptist ahead 25-14 with two minutes left and the Lancers finished the period up 33-18.

Cal Baptist held the edge in the second quarter as consecutive 3-pointers by Kristine Sellona and Courtney Nelson with 7:34 remaining in the half made it a 47-23 game. M. Sheikh sparked a 7-2 run for BYU-Hawaii to bring the score to 51-32 two minutes later. The Seasiders recorded five unanswered points before a layup by Diaz sent the Lancers into the locker room leading 65-46.

White started the third period with a jumper before a 5-1 BYU-Hawaii run closed the deficit to 69-53 with 5:29 left. Cal Baptist answered with a 12-1 run made up entirely of 3-point shots to pull ahead 81-54 with 3:14 remaining. Skahill and Maia Jean Watene hit back-to-back shots before free throws by M. Sheikh brought the quarter to a close with the Seasiders trailing 87-61.

Baldwin made two shots at the start of the fourth, but the Lancers held their lead through seesaw scoring. A 5-0 Cal Baptist run was put to an end with five minutes in the game when White sunk a 3-pointer to make it 99-70, but Olivia Weber powered a 6-1 run to extend the Lancer lead to 105-71 with 2:21 to play.

The Seasiders finish their road trip Monday at Concordia at 5 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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