IRVINE, Calif. – Marian Sheikh had a career night, but it was not enough as BYU-Hawaii women's basketball fell 76-70 to Concordia Monday night at CU Arena.
"Our team played very hard and got some great contributions offensively, especially Marian," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "Unfortunately the extreme physical nature of the contest led to an unusual amount of offensive rebounds for them and too many turnovers for us. Despite those, we competed to the very end, but were unable to finish it."
M. Sheikh led all scorers with a career high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, hitting 45 percent of her shots from the field for the Seasider's (8-12, 5-9 PacWest). Kristin Baldwin added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Safia Sheikh chipped in 11 points and six assists.
Portia Naele led the Eagles (9-12, 7-8 PacWest) with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Naele shot 53.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the 3-point line. Annie Studdert added 17 points and eight rebounds. Ugochi Anudokem led all players with 11 rebounds.
BYU-Hawaii shot 43.6 percent from the field, compared to just 35.8 percent for Concordia. The Seasider's also connected on nine 3-pointers, shooting 42.9 percent from behind the arc. However, the Eagles held a 42-14 advantage in the paint after grabbing 28 offensive rebounds. Concordia outrebounded BYU-Hawaii by a margin of 50-39.
Concordia and BYU-Hawaii traded buckets to start the game as the Eagles led 7-6 with just over six minutes left in the first quarter. A 3-pointer from Montana Walters sparked an 11-0 run for Concordia to build a 18-7 lead with 2:04 left in the quarter. BYU-Hawaii answered with a 4-0 run of their own coming behind a layup from Baldwin and a jump shot from M. Sheikh to end the first quarter trailing 20-11.
The Seasiders cut the game to 28-22 with 4:41 remaining in the second quarter after Baldwin asserted herself in the post for back-to-back layups. M. Sheikh hit back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the Seasiders in the game as they trailed 38-35 with 2:03 left in the first half. Great defense by BYU-Hawaii forced multiple Concordia turnovers which allowed M. Sheikh to hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game and tie the game as the teams headed into the locker room.
Both teams started the second half cold during a nearly scoreless three minutes. M. Sheikh ended the drought for the Seasiders with another 3-pointer and gave the BYU-Hawaii their first lead of the game at 43-41 with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter. The lead was short-lived as Walters answered immediately with a 3-pointer of her own for Concordia.
Both teams continued to trade baskets as the Eagles held a 47-46 lead with 2:48 left in the quarter. Baldwin hit her first 3-pointer of the game with 0:10 on the clock to give the Seasiders a 57-52 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles quickly retook the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Naele hit her third 3-pointer of the game. Taryn Skahill hit an impressive 17-footer to tie the game at 59-59 with 7:20 left in the game. A turnover by BYU-Hawaii and a layup from Concordia created a 64-61 advantage for the Eagles with 6:07 on the clock. M. Sheikh answered by hitting another shot from downtown to tie the game.
Naela found the bottom of the net on a shot behind the arc to give Concordia a 71-68 lead with just under two minutes left in the game. The Eagles hit their free throws down the stretch and held on for a 76-70 victory.
The Seasiders will be back in action Thursday when they host Hawaii Pacific at 5:00 p.m. HST at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.