PHONEIX – No. 16 Grand Canyon defeated BYU-Hawaii 78-52 on Monday to improve to 19-3 overall and 11-3 in PacWest Conference play. The Seasiders are now 5-17 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
GCU shot 47 percent (31-66) for the game and made 10 of 18 3-pointers, six of which were made by Jenna Pearson, who finished with a career-high 20 points. Maylinn Smith also added 20 points in the game. Chigozie Ekweozor added four blocks to bring her season-total to a team-high 22 blocks.
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Several season-highs were set for GCU, as they scored their most points at home, forced a season-high 34 turnovers and finished with a season-high 21 steals.
The ‘Lopes shot 52 percent from the field in the first half (19-36), including an 8-10 mark from behind the arc. GCU forced 19 turnovers from the Seasiders in the first half alone, including collecting 12 steals.
The ‘Lopes used a 13-0 run with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half to build their lead to 30-19 at the 10:13 mark. GCU went on to lead by as many as 28 on two occasions in the half and took a 51-25 advantage into halftime. The 51 points marked the most GCU has scored in the first half this season, surpassing the 45-point mark they reached twice.
Smith reached double-digit scoring (10 points) in the first six minutes of the game after draining two 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points heading into the locker room. Pearson added 14 points in the first period after making four of five 3-pointers.
The two teams were evenly matched in the second half, as they both scored 27 points. The ‘Lopes and Seasiders both shot 40 percent from the field in the second half.
GCU led by as many as 39 points at 76-37 with just under seven minutes to play before the Seasiders outscored the ‘Lopes 12-2 for the remainder of the game.