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 in 2012. It should be noted that all but one of those games were on the road. The Wahine (4-9) open away from home again today, at Cal State Fullerton (8-5). Coming into today, they are 0-2 in openers at Titan Gym, including a 12-point loss last season. You can live stream today’s game (4 p.m. HST tipoff).
UPDATE: UH lost 72-68 in its opener, despite a career-high 25 points from Amy Atwell in 16 minutes of play.
Lauren Rewers adds 10pts-3rb-3ast.
Courtney Middap 5pts-6rb-4ast-3blk.
— Big West WBB (@BigWestWBB) January 6, 2019
The Wahine are 12-6 (now 12-7) all-time in Big West/PCAA openers, going back to the days of Bill Nepfel and Vince Goo as coaches. In their first go-round, from 1984-85 to 1995-96, they were 11-1 in such games — including winning their opener in their first nine years of conference membership. But, if you notice below, they had the benefit of playing the majority of those at home.
Here’s the year-by-year of WBB Big West conference openers:
2018-19: L, at Cal State Fullerton 72, Hawaii 68
2017-18: L, at Cal State Fullerton 69, Hawaii 57
2016-17: L, at Long Beach State 68, Hawaii 57
2015-16: W, Hawaii 67, at Long Beach state 55
2014-15: L, at Cal Poly 70, Hawaii 65
2013-14: L, Cal Poly 78, at Hawaii 74, OT
2012-13: L, at Cal State Fullerton 83, Hawaii 74
— UH WAC MEMBERSHIP 1996-97 to 2011-12 —
1995-96: W, at Hawaii 60, New Mexico State 39
1994-95: W, at Hawaii 53, Pacific 51
1993-94: L, at UNLV 71, Hawaii 59
1992-93: W, Hawaii 87, at New Mexico State 79
1991-92: W, at Hawaii 59, Pacific 56
1990-91: W, at Hawaii 68, UC Irvine 37
1989-90: W, at Hawaii 86, San Jose State 50
1988-89: W, at Hawaii 88, UNLV 80
1987-88: W, at Hawaii 90, San Jose State 55
1986-87: W, at Hawaii 71, UNLV 60
1985-86: W, at Hawaii 80, Pacific 59
1984-85: W, Hawaii 77, at Pacific 72, OT