Hawks top Seasiders in defensive battle

Hawks top Seasiders in defensive battle

OAKLAND, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 52-43 in a defensive struggle with Holy Names on Saturday at Tobin Gymnasium.

Valerie Nawahine finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Seasiders (5-7, 2-4 PacWest). Natalia Cravens and Celeste Claw each add 8 points, while Claw had a career-high 10 rebounds. Garysha Youngblood and Tatiana Howard led Holy Names (4-11, 3-4 PacWest) with 12 points each and Howard had a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Seasiders shot 27.9 percent from the field and held the Hawks to 26.8 percent. However, Holy Names won the game from behind the arc hitting 22.2 percent (4-18) of its shots while holding BYU-Hawaii to just 7.7 percent (1-13) from 3-point range.

With the game tied at 25 in the third quarter, Chariaha Scott and Jeanna Magana hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Hawks a 6-point lead they would hold the rest of the way.

The Seasiders held the 6-3 lead early in the first off layups from Nawahine, Cravens and Claw. The Hawks did not allow much separation, battling back to tie the game at 11 with 0:50 remaining in the period. Emily Nelson made a layup to send BYU-Hawaii into the second with a 13-11 lead.

Back-to-back jumpers from Natalia Cravens increased the Seasider lead 17-11, but the Hawks went on a 6-point run to tie the game with 4:49 before halftime. Holy Names scored the final five points of the half to take a 22-19 lead into the break.

Jiashan Cui and Nawahine hit back-to-back jumpers to give BYU-Hawaii the lead back at 21-20, but it was short lived. After the Hawks regained the lead on an 8-0 run, the teams continued to trade baskets and the Hawks headed into the final quarter with a 39-32 lead.

Nawahine and E. Nelson started the fourth quarter with consecutive jumpers to close the lead to three, but Holy Names answered the short run with its own 4-point burst to hold the 43-36 lead with six minutes remaining. Cui and Nawahine had back-to-back buckets to close the game back to a one-possession again with 2:08 on the clock, but the Hawks outscored the Seasiders 7-1 to end the game and take the victory.

BYU-Hawaii returns to the islands to face Fresno Pacific on Thursday at 5 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.

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