LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 57-42 to Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Valerie Nawahine led the Seasiders (3-4, 0-2 PacWest) with 13 points. Jiashan Cui contributed 10 points and Natallia Cravens added eight rebounds. The Sharks were led by CeCe Pearl's double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
BYU-Hawaii held Hawaii Pacific (5-4, 3-0 PacWest) to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, but the Sharks defense countered by holding the Seasiders to 21.8 percent shooting. Hawaii Pacific also won the battle on the boards 50-38.
The Seasiders began the first quarter with a 4-point lead, but the Sharks took control of the ball and went on a 12-0 run to make it a 14-6 game with 5:46 on the clock. BYU-Hawaii answered with an 8-3 run featuring five points from Nawahine to close the gap to 20-16 at the end of the period.
A jump shot by Tyvette White tied the game 20-20 with 8:55 left in the second quarter, but Hawaii Pacific took a 6-point lead after free throws and a jump shot. Five consecutive points by the Sharks gave them a double-digit lead and sent them into the break leading 31-21.
Five points by Nawahine powered an 8-2 run for BYU-Hawaii to cut the gap to 33-29 with 5:45 remaining in the third period. Hawaii Pacific retaliated with an 8-point run with 2:45 left to make it 41-29 and give them the largest lead of the quarter.
The teams traded free throws for the remainder of the game, as the Seasiders were unable to close the Sharks' lead.
BYU-Hawaii will play Chaminade on Saturday at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.