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5-on-4 madness ensues between UH, HPU

By Brian McInnis on December 10, 2018

Something very rare happened near the tail end of Sunday afternoon’s crossover contest between the Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific women’s basketball teams at the Stan Sheriff Center. HPU, which suited up only eight players, had four players foul out. That meant the Sharks played the final 1:38 with only four players on the court. Yep, 5-on-4 madness ensued at the SSC. The bizarre occurrence did not swing the outcome — directly, at least. The game was already decided by the time […]

Wahine undertake Mission: December

By Brian McInnis on December 6, 2018

On the surface, it sounds impossible. A 1-7 team — a team that’s struggled to close out winnable games — with designs on a 5-0 run through its December schedule? “Yeah, good luck with that,” you might say. But that’s exactly what the Rainbow Wahine basketball team envisioned going into Wednesday’s matchup with former WAC foe Idaho at the Stan Sheriff Center. After holding on for a 69-61 win over the Vandals that snapped a three-game losing streak, UH players Tia […]

Wins proving hard to come by

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2018

There were a couple moments when it looked like the Hawaii women’s basketball team could rally all the way back from 22 points down against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. Those moments were either followed by a turnover or some other sort of missed opportunity, or just came plain too late. FCGU held on to win 73-67 on the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. UH (1-6) continues to be frustrated in its nonconference schedule heading into Sunday’s 2:30 […]

Wahine get on the board

By Brian McInnis on November 18, 2018

At last, the Hawaii women’s basketball team followed up on its principles in a winnable game. In a battle of winless teams, the Rainbow Wahine closed out Seattle University for a 67-51 victory on the final day of the Bank of Hawaii Classic on Sunday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH (1-4) was in the game late in each of its first four games, but withered each time to start with four losses for only the third time in […]

Wrong kind of rare record for Wahine

By Warrior World on November 16, 2018

Going into Friday, there were only two 0-4 starts to a season in Hawaii women’s basketball history. The first was 1976-77 — the third season of official play — under Patsy Dung. UH finished 4-4 that year, winning its last four games (three vs. Willamette). The second was 2008-09, when UH dropped its first six in Jim Bolla’s final season as coach. The Rainbow Wahine were 3-16 at one point in that season marred by the infamous kicking incident in practice […]

Wahine high on big signing class

By Brian McInnis on November 15, 2018

The Hawaii women’s basketball team bolstered its ranks considerably with the 2019 early signing period. Four of the players were mentioned on Warrior World previously. Those four are all incoming freshmen. They are: >> Nae Nae Calhoun, a 5-4 point guard out of JW North (Calif.) High >> Olivia Davies, a 5-9 combo guard out of Wasilla (Alaska) High >> MaKayla Edwards, a 5-10 guard/forward out of Salesian College (Calif.) Prep >> Kasey Neubert, a 6-0 forward out of Highlands […]

Wahine drop to 0-3 for first time in decade

By Warrior World on November 11, 2018

Another winnable game, another early-season loss for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. The Rainbow Wahine dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 2008-09 — Jim Bolla’s final season as coach — with a 58-50 loss at San Diego on Sunday afternoon. Seventh-year coach Laura Beeman noticed immediately a different energy than from her team’s two one-point losses to begin the season. “Right from the jump,” she said in a postgame phone interview from Jenny Craig Pavilion. “We had a couple players […]

Wahine burned again in final seconds

By Warrior World on November 9, 2018

It was a different site but the same result for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. The Rainbow Wahine rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter at San Diego State to take a lead on Leah Salanoa’s free throws with 1:27 left, but SDSU’s Tea Adams drove for the go-ahead basket with 7.1 seconds left and UH was off the mark on its final possession in a 58-57 afternoon loss at Viejas Arena. UH, which dropped to 0-2 for […]