Seasiders overpower Silverswords

Safia Sheikh drives the lane for two
Safia Sheikh drives the lane for two

LAIE, Hawaii – Safia Sheikh carried BYU-Hawaii women's basketball to a 62-55 victory over Chaminade Monday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"I thought we did a nice job defensively, especially limiting [Lilia] Maio," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "We didn't do as good a job as I would have liked on the boards giving up a lot of offensive rebounds. Offensively, we got a good performance out of Tyvette [White] who led us in assists. We are still working on better ball control, but we showed some good strides tonight."

Sheikh had her fifth 20-point game as she finished the night with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Kristin Baldwin recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Seasiders move above .500 for the first time this season at 6-5 and 3-2 in PacWest conference play. White ended with six assists.

Courtney Kaupa led Chaminade (1-8, 1-5 PacWest) with 13 points, while Kristle Henry added 10 points and Lilia Maio ended with 13 boards.

BYU-Hawaii shot 39 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe, holding the Silverswords to 26.7 percent from the field. The Seasiders grabbed 47 rebounds to Chaminade's 45, but the Silverswords ended with eight blocks to BYU-Hawaii's five.

Sheikh started the game with back-to-back 3-pointers to power an 8-0 run before the Silverswords answered with five consecutive points to make it 8-5 with 3:54 on the clock. Chaminade added only one additional point in the first period and Maia Jean Watene hit a three to push the Seasiders up 15-6 with 35 seconds left.

BYU-Hawaii built a 10-point advantage after Baldwin's jump shot made it 21-11, but the Silverswords retaliated with an 8-2 run to close the gap to 23-19 with 4:30 remaining. Sheikh sparked a 7-point streak to give the Seasiders their 10-point lead back before Destiny Castro ended the half with a layup for Chaminade to send them into the break trailing 29-23.

Baldwin powered through a foul for a 3-point play during a 7-1 run to help BYU-Hawaii hold its 38-29 lead with 5:44 in the third quarter. The teams traded points for the remainder of the period and the Seasiders took a 43-36 lead into the final period.

Kaupu sank a three to send the Silverswords on a 7-0 run to close the gap to 45-43 with 5:49 in the game. BYU-Hawaii retaliated with six unanswered points to extend their lead to 51-43 two minutes later and didn't let Chaminade within seven points for the rest of the game.

BYU-Hawaii will return to action January 5th again Concordia Irvine at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available

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