Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Rainbow Wahine tennis comes ever so close to Indiana

By Brian McInnis on March 15, 2019

There’s close dual matches, and then there’s what happened for the Hawaii women’s tennis team against Indiana on Thursday. Of nine contested matches — six singles and three doubles — it came down to the last singles court in UH and IU’s competition at the UH Tennis Complex. Then, it came down to the last set on that No. 6 court between UH’s Alzbeta Houbova and IU’s Somer Henry. And, because the tension wasn’t apparently high enough, it then went to […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball draws UC Riverside

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2019

The Hawaii women’s basketball team finally learned the identity of its Big West tournament semifinal opponent. Second-seeded UH will meet third-seeded UC Riverside at 11:30 a.m. (HST) Friday at the Honda Center. That was sealed when the Highlanders defeated Long Beach State 67-50 at UC Irvine Wednesday afternoon. UH has been practicing at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College in an attempt to stay sharp through its double bye earned last week with two key road wins at Riverside and […]

Rainbow Wahine tennis: Melounova makes it work

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2019

The challenges have been large and small, personal and public, academic and athletic. But Petra Melounova is a problem solver. Always has been. The Hawaii women’s tennis star from the Czech Republic is having another stellar season in 2019. It’s difficult to top Big West player of the year status in your first two seasons of college, but what Melounova is doing this year might be her most impressive solution yet. A persistent shoulder injury on the junior’s right (dominant) […]

Rainbow Wahine water polo moves ahead with USC match

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2019

The massive college admissions bribery scheme that shook the nation on Tuesday was not limited to the continental United States. Tuesday morning, Jovan Vavic, the legendary coach of USC water polo, was arrested by the FBI in Waikiki and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering as part of the widespread case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” He was one of several coaches, and about 50 people total arrested nationwide. If you haven’t heard by now, USC, the top-ranked and undefeated (19-0) […]

Big West awards hard-earned for Hawaii basketball teams

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2019

It is a credit to the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams that they have done what they’ve done in their respective 2019 conference seasons without possessing a singularly dominant player. Fourth place in the Big West for the Rainbow Warriors with a 9-7 record (18-12 overall). Second place for the Rainbow Wahine at 10-6 (14-15 overall). Top-half seeding like that going into the Big West tournament usually means that’s good for some significant hardware in the conference postseason awards. […]

Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 9

By Brian McInnis on March 9, 2019

The onslaught continues. If anything, it’s ramped up on Saturday. There’s the same trifecta of events going on at the Manoa lower campus — softball, baseball and men’s volleyball. But softball has a doubleheader today (Niagara and SIU-Edwardsville), baseball continues its four-game series against Oregon and volleyball hosts No. 6 Pepperdine to cap its three-day tournament. The UH women’s basketball team already won a big game at CSUN and the men’s team is looking to close the regular season with […]

Court sense: Lower campus blog March 8

By Brian McInnis on March 8, 2019

It’s another busy day at the UH Manoa lower campus, and another attempt at a live blog from yours truly. As of this writing, UH softball is underway against Niagara at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. UH baseball throws out the first pitch against Oregon at 6:35 and the second-ranked UH men’s volleyball team takes on No. 15 Ball State in the Stan Sheriff Center at 7 p.m. Live updates from all three sites below. —————— 9:31 p.m.: Here’s Cindy Luis’ […]

Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 7

By Brian McInnis on March 7, 2019

It’s quite a busy Thursday around the Manoa lower campus. Quite a busy week, actually. For the precise breakdown, check out Jason Kaneshiro’s post here. I’ll do my best to provide updates spanning UH men’s and women’s basketball (both on the road), and will be rotating from site to site between UH softball against Cal (6 p.m. projected start), UH baseball against Oregon (6:35 start), and UH men’s volleyball against King University (7 p.m. start). Live updates below. ———————— Next […]