Seasiders lose in close battle with Urban Knights

Baldwin recorded her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Silverswords.
Baldwin recorded her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Silverswords.

SAN FRANSISCO, Calif. – Four players scored in double figures for BYU-Hawaii women's basketball, but the Seasiders fell 80-67 to Academy of Art Monday night at Kezar Pavilion.

"I feel we are playing much better as a team, but unfortunately we continue to struggle with turnovers," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We competed on the boards and executed some things well, but in the end our turnovers and our inability to contain Ware led to our demise."

Safia Sheikh led BYU-Hawaii (2-4, 0-2 PacWest) with 23 points and added five rebounds and three steals. Marian Sheik followed with 14 points of her own and five rebounds and two assists. Kristen Baldwin recorded 12 points to go with seven rebounds and four blocks.

Rodericka Ware powered the Urban Knights (4-4, 2-0 PacWest) with a game-high 34 points, adding six assists and five steals on the night.

Academy of Art hit 43.3 percent from the field, while BYU-Hawaii connected on 41.7 percent of its shots. The Seasiders outrebounded the Urban Knights 41-32, but Academy of Art held a 19-3 advantage in fast break points.

Back-to-back free throws from S. Sheikh sparked a 5-1 run for BYU-Hawaii to begin the game, but the Urban Knights quickly responded to tie the game 9-9 four minutes into the game. The teams continued to trade points for most of the quarter, but a shot from behind the arc from S. Sheikh and jumpers from Tyvette White and Maia Jean Watene kept the Seasiders in the lead 24-23 at the end of the quarter.

Ware quickly hit a jumper to give Academy of Art a lead in the second period, but Watene answered with a jumper of her own and Baldwin went to the line for two free throws to retake a 28-25 advantage. Kennedy Miller hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Ware added a make of her own behind the arc during an 11-point run by the Urban Knights to take a 36-28 lead.

M. Sheikh answered for the Seasiders with five points, including a long 3-pointer, in a 10-0 Seasider run to give BYU-Hawaii a 38-36 lead. Ware connected on two more shots to send Academy of Art into the locker room leading 40-38.

BYU-Hawaii hit the first shot coming out of the break to even the score at 40, but the Knights went on a 6-0 run to take the lead. White then began a 7-point Seasider run with a jumper to retake the 47-46 lead. After meeting at 50, Academy of Art went on a 9-4 run broken up by free throws from S. Sheikh and a jumper from White to end the quarter in the Knight's favor.

Despite shots from M. Sheikh and Jessica Horrocks, the Urban Knights held on to their advantage in the fourth quarter making it a 72-63 game with 5:38 left of regulation play. Baldwin and M. Sheikh scored four more points for the Seasiders, but it wasn't enough as the Urban Knights took an 80-67 victory.

The Seasiders return to action on Thursday as they take on Notre Dame de Namur in their third game on the road at 5:30 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.

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