LAIE, Hawaii – Marian Sheikh had her best game of the year, but BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 78-49 to Missouri Western State Saturday in the Cannon Activities Center.
"We were able to win the rebounding battle again, which is a constant focus for us," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We knew Missouri Western was a tough team, but I would have liked to see us take care of the ball a little better against a quality opponent like that. We like to play quality opponents like [Missouri Western] because that is who we want to become and shows us what we have to improve."
Chelsea Dewey led all players with 19 points and seven assists for Missouri Western (4-1). Dwanisha Tate added 12 points and six rebounds and Savannah Lentz contributed 11 points off three 3-pointers.
BYU-Hawaii (1-2) shot 46.2 percent from behind the arc, while Missouri Western finished at 33.3 percent. The Seasiders outrebounded the Griffons 38-30, but the Griffons stole the ball 16 times to score 34 points off turnovers.
Consecutive 3-pointers by M. Sheikh gave BYU-Hawaii a quick 6-2 advantage in the first 30 seconds of the game, but Missouri Western answered with a 7-point run led by Dewey to take the 9-6 lead with five minutes in the quarter. The Griffons would not relinquish the lead. M. Sheikh sunk another shot behind the arc to make it a one-poing game with 4:09 remaining, but Julia Torres initiated a 7-0 streak for the Griffons to take a 21-15 lead into the second quarter.
Missouri Western started the second quarter with an 11-2 run featuring three 3-pointers from Lentz to pull ahead 32-17 with 7:43 to go. With five seconds on the clock, Dewey was fouled while making a layup then followed through on her free throw to send the Griffons into the locker room with a 43-22 lead.
Erin Anderson led a 9-point run for Missouri Western, giving them the largest lead of the game at 54-24 three minutes into the second half. Jessica Horrocks ignited an 11-0 Seasider streak with five points by S. Sheikh to put BYU-Hawaii within 19 at 56-37 with one minute remaining in the third quarter.
Kristin Baldwin and M. Sheikh each added a 3-pointer during an 8-point run for BYU-Hawaii to make it 63-45 with 6:55 in the game, but the Griffons answered with a 6-0 run to hold their 73-46 advantage in the final two minutes.
The Seasiders will return to action on Tuesday as they host Oakland City at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online.