LAIE, Hawaii – Jiashan Cui carried BYU-Hawaii women's basketball to a 59-49 victory over Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Cui led all players with 25 points on the night and Valerie Nawahine added 11 for the Seasiders (9-12, 6-10 PacWest). Kjirsten Nelson, Emily Nelson and Natallia Cravens each recorded seven rebounds for BYU-Hawaii.
Jerusha Paine led NDNU (3-20, 2-13 PacWest) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
BYU-Hawaii shot 35.1 percent from the field, holding NDNU to 32.7 percent. BYU-Hawaii also outrebounded NDNU 43-36.
The Argonauts and the Seasiders traded points until a 3-point jumper from Lindsay Bates with six minutes on the clock gave NDNU a 9-4 advantage. K. Nelson and Nawahine hit back-to-back jump shots to tie it 15-15 with 1:16 to go before K. Nelson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave BYU-Hawaii the 18-17 edge at the end of the first.
Cui went on an 8-point run of her own, extending the Seasider lead to 26-19 with 4:27 remaining in the quarter. A free throw by Cravens sent them into the half up 27-21.
The Seasiders took a double-digit lead on an 8-0 run, making it 35-23 with 6:52 left. Cui raced for a fast-break layup, but NDNU's Paine answered back with three points to bring the score to 37-27 with 5:15 to go.
Consecutive jumpers by Cravens and Mata Tonga extended the lead to 43-29 with 2:50 on the clock in the third period. A 5-0 run by the Argonauts brought it back to single digits at 43-34 to end the quarter.
NDNU continued its run with seven points from Marinel Alcantara and Kirsten Liana to start the fourth period and close the gap to 43-41 with 8:16 in the game. Cui answered back with four points to hold the 47-41 edge for BYU-Hawaii with 5:43 to go.
The teams fouled each other down the stretch as the Seasiders kept control of the game.
BYU-Hawaii will go to the Big Island to play Hawaii Hilo on Thursday at 6 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.