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Wahine basketball, soccer teams fill positions

By Brian McInnis on April 19, 2018

Until last season, when he decided to relocate to the mainland, assistant coach Alex Delanian was a key cog in Laura Beeman’s Rainbow Wahine basketball operation. After that, it was difficult to tell how far back their professional relationship went. Preceding and following UH’s 2017-18 games against Delanian’s new team, Big West rival UC Santa Barbara, Beeman conceded little in that department. In the thick of battles for seeding position, their history — which began at USC and included UH’s […]

Toeaina takes top honors

By Brian McInnis on April 15, 2018

Add one more award to Sarah Toeaina’s collection. The Hawaii women’s basketball senior was honored for one last time to cap her decorated career on Sunday, as she was the recipient of the Ah Chew Goo Award — the program’s most prestigious individual honor — at the Rainbow Wahine postseason banquet for the second straight year. Toeaina also repeated as an All-Big West first-teamer in 2017-18, averaging 16.5 points and finishing as the ninth-leading scorer in program history (1,204 points). […]

Rare feat

By Brian McInnis on March 7, 2018

Thanks to a little research, what was suspected since Saturday was confirmed: Hawaii did something that is pretty rare. The Rainbow Warriors, in beating and losing to every other team in the same conference season, became the first team in program history to do that (WAC or Big West), as well as the only team in NCAA Division I to go 1-1 against its entire league in 2017-18. (Note that not every conference plays a true double round-robin schedule like […]

Reward discord

By Brian McInnis on March 5, 2018

Most of the Big West Conference postseason awards announced today made sense. In this writer’s opinion, there was one clear exception to that. Big West freshman of the year, Terrell Gomez. Gomez received the award (which would’ve been UH’s second in that category, after Isaac Fotu co-won it in 2012-13) based on voting from the league’s nine head coaches. In my mind — and maybe I’m a little biased, but I don’t think I’m off base here — it clearly should’ve […]

Gameday: at UC Santa Barbara

By Brian McInnis on February 1, 2018

Round and round the Big West free for all goes. The BWC remains as tight as ever near the conference midpoint, with six teams at or within a half game of first place — UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. Irvine helped muddle an already congested race on Wednesday, winning at the Pyramid. UH (13-6, 4-2) is tied in for fewest losses with Davis and UCSB heading into today’s 5 p.m. (HST) […]

Gameday: Cal State Fullerton

By Brian McInnis on January 27, 2018

Five in a row? That’s what the Hawaii basketball team must accomplish if it is to remain in first place in the Big West Conference after tonight. With Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara hovering just behind UH at two losses each, the Rainbow Warriors have to keep taking care of business at home to remain in the pole position coming up on the league halfway mark. UH (13-5, 4-1 BWC) should be back to full strength with Brocke […]

Toeaina hauls in PoW

By Brian McInnis on November 20, 2017

Sarah Toeaina’s clutch performance resulted in her second career Big West player of the week honor. Toeaina got the nod today, a day after she hit the game-winning free throws in Hawaii’s 64-63 overtime win over San Diego in the Rainbow Wahine Bank of Hawaii Classic. UH (3-1) needed all of Toeaina’s 20 points against the Toreros (3-1); she had a number of big buckets late. She averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and shot 15-for-29 (51.7 percent) in UH’s […]

Wahine endure G&W scrimmage

By Brian McInnis on October 28, 2017

The 2017-18 preseason has been all about resisting attrition for the Rainbow Wahine basketball team. That was on display Friday night, as UH put on its women’s Green and White intrasquad scrimmage at the Stan Sheriff Center and suited up only 11 players. That meant there was only one available substitute at any point during three eight-minute periods of 5-on-5 play. “No. 1, I want to stay healthy. I think that’s what every coach wants in the preseason,” said UH […]