Dominican kept the University of Hawaii at Hilo women’s basketball team from building a little momentum.
Sarah Nelson scored 12 points, and Stephanie Carnes made two big 3-pointers late in the game Saturday as the Penguins edged the Vulcans 57-55 at the UH-Hilo gym.
UH-Hilo (4-6, 1-3) was trying to even its Pacific West Conference record during the second of a three-game homestand, but the Lady Vulcans fought back in the second half before letting a late lead slip away.
Kirsty Imai scored 12 points and was the only player in double figures for UH-Hilo.
Season-leading scorer Kamie Imai grabbed 10 rebounds but she was only 2-of-10 from the field for five points. Both Imai sisters collected five assists.
Carnes hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left to play to put the Penguins ahead 54-52, a lead they never relinquished.
Still, UH-Hilo had a chance to tie or win it on the last possession. Kamie Imai missed a jumper, and Jazlyn Afusia missed a 3 pointer at the buzzer.
After making her first throw, Shannon Rousseau missed a second that would have tied it with 45 seconds left.
After a Dominican timeout, Carnes made another 3.
Noelle Roldan scored 11 points for the Penguins (3-8, 2-1) and Carnes had eight.
Dominican led by as many as 15 in the first half and eight at the break.
Midway through the second half, Kirsty Imai hit two jumpers and a pair of free throws to spur a 12-2 run. Kirtsen Shimizu (nine points) capped the surge with a 3-pointer to give the Vulcans a one-point lead with under 5 minutes to play.