Seasiders fall prey to Sharks

Seasiders fall prey to Sharks

HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball dropped a 61-47 game to Hawaii Pacific Thursday at the Blaisdell Center.

"We have difficulty taking care of the ball," said BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger. "We had too many turnovers that cost us a lot of possessions despite us outrebounding them. They are a great team and we still have a lot to learn."

Kristin Baldwin recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds for BYU-Hawaii (8-9, 5-6 PacWest). Marian Sheikh also contributed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, the first of her career, while leading the team with  five assists and three blocks. Tyvette White added 10 points to go with two steals.

Gabriella Fotu and Breanna Mackenzie each finished with nine points for the Sharks (13-3, 10-1 PacWest) and Spencer Gray finished with seven total rebounds.

Hawaii Pacific shot 33.9 percent from the field, holding BYU-Hawaii to 30.5 percent, but the Seasiders outrebounded the Sharks 52-37. BYU-Hawaii's 21 turnovers proved the difference leading to 18 fastbreak points for the Sharks.

Scoring started slow in the first quarter, but the Sharks built a 5-0 advantage in the first four minutes. The Seasiders played to their strengths, grabbing the defensive rebounds until Maia Jean Watene put them on the board with a 3-pointer at 3:50 and equalized the game with 1:10 to go. Hawaii Pacific regained their lead as Cece Pearl's three ended the period 9-7 in its favor.

Mackenzie hit back-to-back layups at the start of the second to give the Sharks a 6-point lead before BYU-Hawaii answered with a 6-1 run to close the gap to 14-13 with 6:20 left. Jessi Reeves sparked a 9-0 streak for Hawaii Pacific to put them ahead 23-13 with 3:41 in the half and the teams traded points until a free throw by Safia Sheikh ended the half with her team trailing 28-18.

Hawaii Pacific held their advantage  through seesaw scoring in the third quarter and S. Sheikh attempted to put BYU-Hawaii back in the game with a 3-pointer that made it 35-23 with five minutes remaining in the quarter. M. Sheikh powered a 9-point Seasider run that ended with a buzzer-beating three by Watene to finish the third trailing 40-33.

A 13-point run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Brianne Yasukochi gave the Sharks all the momentum and their largest lead at 53-35 with 3:11 to play. White put a stop to Hawaii Pacific's dominance when she started an 8-2 run that included four points by Baldwin to make it 55-43 with 1:32 on the clock, but it wasn't enough as the Sharks secured their victory.

The Seasiders head out on their final road trip of the year beginning at Dixie State next Thursday at 5 p.m. MST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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