Sheikh twins propel Seasiders to victory

Marian Sheikh surveys the court against Fresno Pacific.
Marian Sheikh surveys the court against Fresno Pacific.

LAIE, Hawaii – Marian Sheikh propelled BYU-Hawaii women's basketball to an 80-77 victory over Fresno Pacific Monday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"I was very proud of how we responded to adversity and found a way to get the win," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "FPU is a very aggressive team and did a nice job of attacking our bigs to get us in foul trouble. The twins had good games and Kristin [Baldwin] was very efficient in her limited minutes. It was a great team effort."

M. Sheikh tied her career high with 29 points with five 3-pointers and added two steals. Safia Sheikh followed with 21 points, going 10 for 12 from the free-throw line, and added seven boards. Kristin Baldwin contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for BYU-Hawaii (9-14, 6-11 PacWest).

Megan Lee shot 50 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the charity stripe to lead the Sunbirds (5-20, 2-15 PacWest) with 26 points. Abrina Salas added 15 points from nine free throws to go with five assists.

The Seasiders shot 49 percent from the field and held Fresno Pacific to 40.7 percent. BYU-Hawaii outrebounded the Sunbirds 42-26 and had 19 assists to Fresno Pacific's 12.

  • Consecutive jump shots from Baldwin finished off an 8-2 Seasider run to put them up 8-4 with 5:25 in the first quarter.
  • Bree Alvarez sparked an 8-0 streak to push the Sunbirds ahead 12-8 with four minutes remaining.
  • BYU-Hawaii answered with a 13-2 run featuring a three by M. Sheikh to end the first period up 21-14.
  • The Sheikh sisters went on an 8-2 run to give the Seasiders their first double-digit lead of the game at 37-26 with 3:55 in the second quarter. M. Sheikh laid it in for the final points of the half to send BYU-Hawaii into the locker room with a 41-31 lead.
  • The Sunbirds traded 3-pointers with Seasider shots before breaking off an 8-point run to close it to 50-48 with 5:35 in the third period.
  • They tied it twice before M. Sheikh's 3-pointer ended the quarter 64-60 in the Seaiders' favor.
  • The closest Fresno Pacific came in the fourth was 79-77 on a three by Alvarez and Megan Lee's last second 3-pointer glanced off the front of the rim.

The Seasiders host Academy of Art Wednesday at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats and video will be available online. 

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