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Rainbow Wahine basketball: Who’s got next?

By Brian McInnis on February 13, 2019

UPDATE: Courtney Middap had next; she scored 14 points and UH had one of its deepest bench efforts of the season in beating UCSB 72-49 on Wednesday night. It’s been anyone’s guess as to who will rise to the occasion on a game-to-game basis for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. That’s had a hand in some unpredictable results this season. As was mentioned in Wednesday’s print edition, a bevy of players — nine — have led the Rainbow Wahine in scoring […]

Alexander takes step forward

By Brian McInnis on February 7, 2019

UPDATE: The Rainbow Wahine pulled out a 70-68 road win at UC Irvine on Thursday, extending their road winning streak to three games. Jadynn Alexander scored five points on one shot from the field and two free-throw attempts. The Hawaii women’s basketball team has a collection of defensive-minded guards that coach Laura Beeman can call upon in a pinch. Savannah Reier. Rachel Odumu. And Jadynn Alexander. Of the three, Alexander has emerged as the biggest two-way threat for the Rainbow […]

Pivotal 2-week stretch on tap for Wahine

By Brian McInnis on January 24, 2019

UPDATE III: UH had a chance to build some serious momentum coming off its road sweep but instead came out flat against UC Riverside on Wednesday. The Highlanders built a 20-point lead behind Jannon Otto’s 22 points, but then the Rainbow Wahine rallied furiously to within three in the final seconds. Tia Kanoa’s long 3 to tie was just long and UCR pulled out the 60-55 win. UPDATE II: UH swept its two-game road trip with a 47-35 win at […]

Wahine put up 29 in loss to CSUN

By Brian McInnis on January 18, 2019

Right around halftime, when the score read 27-12, the media guides were opened and the records searched. The lowest-scoring half of women’s basketball in the history of the Stan Sheriff Center? Eleven points, by Denver against UConn in 2002. The lowest-scoring game in the history of the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine? Twenty-five, against California in January of 1977. UH succeeded in avoiding setting a standard in those categories on Thursday night, but that’s about all that went right for the hosts […]

Kanoa ‘honored’ by player of the week award

By Brian McInnis on January 14, 2019

Point guard Tia Kanoa graciously accepted the first Big West weekly award given to the Hawaii women’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season. The Monday honor went to Kanoa after she played huge all over the floor in the Rainbow Wahine’s 65-60 comeback win against defending champion UC Davis on Saturday. The importance of that win to the team couldn’t be overstated; it ended a three-game losing streak and gave the Rainbow Wahine a signature moment this season. It was […]

UH gives itself a chance — and capitalizes

By Brian McInnis on January 12, 2019

Two areas in particular have been season-long concerns for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. Excessive fouls committed (nearly 20 per game) and excessive turnovers (16.8). The Rainbow Wahine drastically cut down on both in stunning two-time defending Big West champion UC Davis, 65-60, on Saturday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center. Their nine turnovers were a season low, as were their 12 fouls. UH (5-10, 1-1 BWC) also won the rebounding battle by nine, as it was bolstered by eight […]

Day of the dedications

By Brian McInnis on January 9, 2019

It was a 2-for-1 special Wednesday morning at the Manoa lower campus. Two brand-new facilities upgrades received Native Hawaiian blessings and dedications essentially at the same time (they were back-to-back). Hawaii baseball got its new locker room — re-branded a clubhouse — at Les Murakami Stadium, and the UH basketball teams can say their Gym II practice facility is officially open for business. Check out the new #HawaiiBSB locker room. 😶 pic.twitter.com/PzIgVvA8mx — Brian McInnis (@Brian_McInnis) January 9, 2019 The […]

Wahine look to buck Big West trend

By Brian McInnis on January 5, 2019

There’s something to be said for getting off to good starts — in a game, in a season, in a career. Of course, that is far from everything. The Hawaii women’s basketball team has struggled in its Big West Conference openers in its current go-around in the league, but the Rainbow Wahine (except for the last two years) were able to rally and largely succeed the rest of the way. UH is 1-5 in Big West openers since rejoining the league […]