Seasiders fall to Seawolves

Seasiders fall to Seawolves

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 85-46 to No. 5/8 Alaska Anchorage Tuesday in the Cannon Activities Center.

Safia Sheikh led the Seasiders (4-5) with 11 points. Kristin Baldwin and Mata Tonga each contributed eight points and seven rebounds, while Baldwin added four blocks.

Autummn Williams led all players with 23 points and Shelby Cloninger finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kiki Robertson also ended the night with 12 points and recorded eight assists.

Alaska Anchorage (8-1) shot 37.9 percent from the field, holding BYU-Hawaii to 30.6 percent. 30 turnovers from the Seasiders allowed the Seawolves 33 points and Alaska Anchorage outrebounded BYU-Hawaii 55-42.  

After two free throws by Baldwin, Robertson sparked a 7-point Seawolf run to build an early 7-2 lead for Alaska Anchorage. Five free throws combined with a layup from Cloninger gave the Seawolves seven more unanswered points, pushing them ahead to 14-3 with 6:12 in the first quarter. Two jump shots by Tonga made it a 17-7 game, but Alaska Anchorage went on a 6-1 run to end the period leading 29-12.

Williams led the Seawolves on an 11-0 streak with four points and Tara Thompson added a 3-point jumper to extend their lead to 40-14 with 6:09 in the half. Consecutive free throws from Taryn Skahill followed by a jump shot by Sheikh made the score 40-18 before Alaska Anchorage broke away on a 7-0 run to build a 47-18 advantage with 1:46 on the clock.

Sheikh hit her first 3-pointer of the night with 7:46 in the third quarter to bring the score to 51-25. The teams alternated baskets and the Seasiders were able to stay within 30 points until a three from Alysha Devine extended the Seawolves' lead to 67-34 with 1:29 to go in the period.

Kaitlyn Hurley sunk a 3-pointer during an 8-point run for Alaska Anchorage, allowing them to pull ahead to 75-36 with seven minutes in the game. Sheikh added five more points for BYU-Hawaii before Cloninger sparked an 8-1 Seawolf run to make it 85-42 with 1:13 remaining.

The Seasiders will return to the court Saturday to host Ursuline at 12 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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