Seasiders fall to Sea Lions

Seasiders fall to Sea Lions

SAN DIEGO – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 71-58 to Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday at Golden Gymnasium.

Jiashan Cui led the Seasiders (7-10, 4-8 PacWest) with 17 points and added two steals. Valerie Nawahine contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

Alex Brunk finished with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Sea Lions (14-5, 8-4 PacWest) and Roya Rustamzada added 10 points and 11 boards.

BYU-Hawaii shot 33.3 percent from the field and held Point Loma to 31.1 percent, but the difference came from the free-throw line where the Sea Lions outscored the Seasiders 26-11.

Point Loma started the game going on a 7-0 run that was stopped by a 3-pointer from Celeste Claw with 8:11 on the clock. The Sea Lions were able to maintain the lead until Nawahine connected on a 3 to cut the lead to one with 4:51 remaining in the quarter and a jumper from Cui gave the Seasiders their first lead of the game.

After the Sea Lions tied the game at 16, Brunk sparked an 8-3 run to give Point Loma the 24-19 lead heading into the second.

Natalia Cravens closed the gap with the Sea Lion to two with a free throw, but Brunk sparked another 8-point burst with a shot from behind the arc to give Point Loma a double-digit lead at 32-22 with 6:34 on the clock. BYU-Hawaii answered with a 7-0 run spearheaded by a jumper from Cravens, cutting the lead to two with 2:03 left in the half. Point Loma held strong over the final minutes to take a 42-37 lead into the break.

The Seasiders made a charge out of the locker room, as Kjisten Nelson hit the jumper to cut the Sea Lion lead to 45-43 with 7:46 on the clock, but it was the closest they would get the remainder of the game. Cui scored the final eight points of the quarter for BYU-Hawaii and Point Loma took a 59-51 lead into the final period.

Despite the ongoing offensive pressure from the Seasiders, Point Loma went on a 7-1 run that ate up most of the clock leaving 2:17 remainging. Nawahine was able to get off one last jumper before the Sea Lions wrapped it up and got the 71-58 victory.

BYU-Hawaii will face Concordia Irvine on Monday at 5:30 p.m. PST in Irvine, California. Live stats and video will be available online.

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