Seasiders struggle against Quaker defense

Seasiders struggle against Quaker defense

LAIE, Hawaii – Natallia Cravens had a career night to lead BYU-Hawaii women's basketball, but the Seasiders fell 73-41 to Penn in its final exhibition on Thursday at the Cannon Activities Center.

Cravens scored a career-high 11 points to go with four rebounds. Jiashan Cui added seven points for BYU-Hawaii (4-4, 1-2 PacWest) and Celeste Claw added six points and five assists. Michelle Nwokedi led Penn (8-2, 0-0 Ivy) with 19 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and four assists.

The Quakers and Seasiders engaged in a very defensive minded game from the opening tip. Kasey Chambers led the early charge for Penn with four points during a 9-1 run to open the game. Kjirsten Nelson had two blocks in the first quarter and hit BYU-Hawaii's first field goal of the game with 4:30 left in the first quarter. The Quakers scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 13-3 lead to the second.

Celeste Claw opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer for BYU-Hawaii, but Anna Ross answered for Penn with a 3 of her own from the left corner. The Quakers continued to mount an 11-2 run led by Nwokedi's four points and two blocks to take the 25-8 lead.

Nwokedi and Stipanovich led Penn on a 12-2 run with six points each. Mata Tonga responded for the Seasiders with five consecutive points to make it 37-17 with under a minute remaining. Anna Ross hit a put back jumper as the buzzer sounded to send Penn into the break with the 22-point lead.

Cui sparked the BYU-Hawaii offense to begin the second half with a 3-pointer and an assist on a Celeste Claw jumper to cut the lead to 17. Ross answered with seven points during a 14-2 run to give the Quakers a 55-26 lead. The teams traded baskets as Penn took a 57-29 lead into the final quarter of action.

Cravens scored five consecutive points to spark a 9-point run to cut the Quaker lead to 23 with five minutes remaining. Penn held strong to its lead the rest of the game on its way to victory.

BYU-Hawaii will head on to the mainland on its first road trip of the season beginning with Dominican on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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