HILO, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 65-55 to Hawaii Hilo Saturday at Vulcan Gymnasium.
"We really struggled with their physicality," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "I thought we played well enough defensively to win, but were never able to get much going offensively to get over the top."
Tyvette White led BYU-Hawaii (8-14, 5-11 PacWest) with 12 points and Maia Jean Watene followed with 10 to tie her career high. Kristin Baldwin contributed 11 rebounds and Mata Tonga finished with 10 for the Seasiders.
Shar Graham-Bernisto carried the Vulcans (7-12, 7-9 PacWest) with 17 points. Kim Schmelz added 12 points and Sarah Mercer rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11.
Hawaii Hilo shot 30.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc, holding BYU-Hawaii to 24.2 and 16.7 percent, respectively. The Seasiders outrebounded Hawaii Hilo 52-42.
- A 5-0 Seasider run gave them a 6-4 lead with 5:17 in the first quarter.
- Mercer and Lauren Hong hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push Hawaii Hilo ahead 12-10 with three minutes remaining in the first period.
- Graham-Bernisto score five unanswered points for the Vulcans to start the second quarter to make it 20-15 with 6:18 before the break.
- The Seasiders kept things close and White hit two free throws right before the half to send BYU-Hawaii into the locker room trailing 29-23.
- Mercer powered an 8-0 run to extend the Hilo lead to 42-27 with 5:27 in the third period.
- Marian Sheikh connected behind the arc and Taryn Skahill beat the buzzer with a jumper to highlight an 11-2 Seasiders run to close the deficit to 46-40.
- The teams traded points for the fourth quarter as the Vulcans secured their victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the court Monday to play Fresno Pacific at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.