Cougars run past Seasiders

Cougars run past Seasiders

AZUSA, Calif. – Junior guard Tyvette White led BYU-Hawaii women's basketball with 14 points, but the Seasiders fell to Azusa Pacific 106-63 on Saturday night's game.

Devyn Kauhi (11) and Natallia Cravens (10) joined White in double-figure scoring for BYU-Hawaii (8-12, 5-10 PacWest). Azusa Pacific's (19-3, 8-2 PacWest) Kelley Hardeman led all players with 27 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.

The Cougars shot 59.2 percent and held the Seasiders to 36.8 percent from the floor. Azusa Pacific also held a 38-29 advantage on the boards.

Azusa Pacific quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game until Jiashan Cui connected on a 3-pointer to put BYU-Hawaii on the board. White made consecutive jumpers to keep the Seasiders close, but a shot from Hardeman sparked a 12-2 run to increase the Cougar lead to 16 points (25-9) with three minutes remaining in the first. Cravens and Valerie Nawahine added a few more points for BYU-Hawaii, but Azusa Pacific took a 30-14 lead into the second.

The Cougars continued to increase their lead to over 20 at 40-16 with a 10-2 run to begin the second quarter. Nawahine interrupted Azusa Pacific's scoring with a 3-pointer, but Hardeman scored seven points to lead the Cougar attack during a 14-2 run to take a 32-point lead (51-19). The Seasiders trailed 54-21 at the break.

Azusa Pacific continued with its offensive pressure in the second half and its defense did not allow BYU-Hawaii to score until Devyn Kauhi made two free throws with 6:03 left in the third to make it 64-23. Elena Ala gave the Cougars a 53-point lead (83-30), its largest of the game, with a layup to end the third quarter.

White scored three to lead a 6-0 run to begin the final quarter of action and cut Azusa Pacific's lead back to 47 (83-36). The teams continued to trade points the remainder of the game.

BYU-Hawaii will return home for a game against Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday at 5 p.m. HST in the Canon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.

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