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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 […]

Wahine hoops tabbed fourth

By Brian McInnis on October 25, 2017

Big West women’s basketball coaches and media expect Hawaii to creep back toward conference contention in 2017-18. UH was sixth 12-18 (7-9 BWC) in 2016-17, with a host of young players. But the Rainbow Wahine were selected fourth in both the BWC preseason polls (coaches and media) announced Wednesday morning. Defending regular-season champ UC Davis and Cal State Northridge were tabbed as UH’s primary challenges to return to the pinnacle the Wahine achieved in 2016. Senior Sarah Toeaina is expected […]

Fast start to Rainbow Wahine practice

By Jason Kaneshiro on October 3, 2017

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team got off to a running start in their first full practice of the new season. Laura Beeman set the tone and pace early in the opening practice of her sixth season as head coach Monday afternoon in UH’s Gym 2. “We started out practice with a lot of transition, getting up and down the floor, working our conditioning,” Beeman said. “We have to get up and down the floor this year, so everyone’s got to […]

Wahine hoops to open with ‘homecoming’ trip

By Jason Kaneshiro on August 18, 2017

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball season will open with homecoming week for a handful of Rainbow Wahine players. UH released the 2017-18 Wahine basketball schedule on Wednesday and the season-opening road trip heads to the Pacific Northwest for matchups at Portland on Nov. 10 and Seattle on Nov. 12. The front end of the trip will take sophomore guard Julissa Tago back to Oregon, where she was a standout at South Medford High School. The state of Washington is […]

Rainbow Wahine hoops unveils 2017-18 roster

By Jason Kaneshiro on August 11, 2017

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team’s 2017-18 roster has been posted on the UH website and the 15-member group should give head coach Laura Beeman greater depth to work with in her sixth season. The Wahine were limited to eight players for last season’s opener at USC and 11 eventually saw playing time in a 12-18 campaign. Nine of those players return and junior guards Rachel Odumu and Tia Kanoa join the active roster after being limited to practice duty during […]

Wahine to play in Duel in the Desert

By Jason Kaneshiro on August 2, 2017

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team’s nonconference schedule will include a December road trip to Las Vegas to face Texas A&M and Oregon in the Duel in the Desert, UH announced on Wednesday. The Rainbow Wahine face Texas A&M on Dec. 20 and Oregon on Dec. 22 at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. Both games tip off at 10 a.m. Hawaii time. UH will compete in the Desert Division in the six-team event. Mississippi State, last season’s national runner-up, Syracuse and […]

New job keeps Larsen on the move

By Jason Kaneshiro on July 21, 2017

Since being hired to fill out the Rainbow Wahine basketball team’s coaching staff for the 2017-18 season, Darron Larsen hasn’t had much time to settle into his new office. When the former Pepperdine assistant’s addition was finalized earlier this month, his first assignment took him from Los Angeles to Chicago, where he met up with head coach Laura Beeman and fellow first-year assistant Courtney Locke to scout a tournament. After arriving in Honolulu last week, he shuttled between apartment hunting […]

Locke, Randle join Wahine hoops staff

By Jason Kaneshiro on June 16, 2017

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team’s revamped coaching staff is taking shape. After the departures of last year’s associate and assistant coaches, UH head coach Laura Beeman announced the additions of Courtney Locke and Berry Randle to the program on Friday. Beeman said she hopes to have the third position filled by the end of the month. Locke, who spent the last three years as the associate coach at Lipscomb, has already been working the phones in her role as recruiting […]