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Power and hope: Logan Pauelsen’s return sparks Warriors in booming performance

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2021

By Paul Honda At the beginning and the end, big guys delivered the boom. In between, Hawaii (8-2) got contributions up and down the lineup, as well as reserves, in a 13-0 shellacking of UH-Hilo. It was the first and only time in their weekend sweep that the Rainbow Warriors overwhelmed the Division II Vulcans — the kind of sunny Sunday afternoon that was as bright as the future for a team that gave nationally-ranked Arizona State all it could […]

UC Davis claims top seed, but Hawaii emerges as giant killer

By Jerry Campany on March 6, 2021

By Paul Honda The evolution of the 2020-21 Hawaii women’s basketball team is in full view. After a stunning 70-60 win over first-place UC Davis on Friday, the Aggies returned the favor on Saturday with a vice-grip style 54-46 win over the Rainbow Wahine. UC Davis clinched the top seed in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament. Hawaii will be the No. 5 seed and will meet Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The Rainbow Wahine (8-7, 7-6) […]

Kasey Neubert, underclassmen step up as Wahine complete sweep of Fullerton

By Jerry Campany on January 23, 2021

By Paul Honda The Rainbow Wahine hoopsters are growing up before Coach Laura Beeman’s eyes. In a decisive 57-43 win over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, the young squad showed a new level of cohesion, especially on defense. After allowing CSUF to cut a 23-point deficit to one point on Friday — a narrow 49-47 win for UH — it was a different tone just 24 hours later. The Titans shot 0-for-10 from 3 as the Rainbow Wahine brought tighter […]

Coach Laura Beeman confident about Rainbow Wahine growth

By Jerry Campany on January 23, 2021

The Rainbow Wahine took a big step forward, which is not always easy for a young team. Hawaii secured its first win of the Big West Conference season, 49-47, over a gritty Cal State Fullerton squad on Friday, eschewing baby steps. The Wahine got 17 points from redshirt freshman Olivia Davies, who was 7-for-11 from the field. Jadynn Alexander tallied 14 points as UH attacked a sticky Titans man-to-man defense. Coach Laura Beeman was the constant, with the same tone […]

Jan 4, 1997: Anthony Carter adds outside game in upset of New Mexico

By Jerry Campany on January 4, 2021

On this date in 1997, the Hawaii men’s basketball team served notice that it was the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference. Hawaii whipped its fan base into a frenzy as Anthony Carter scored 19 points in a 75-62 victory over No. 16 New Mexico in front of 7,197 at the Special Events Arena. Micah Kroeger was next with 15 points and Alika Smith added 14. New Mexico sat back and dared Carter to shoot from long range […]

JAN 3, 1982: Riley Wallace gives Larry Connors his shot

By Jerry Campany on January 3, 2021

It did Larry Little‘s heart good to see Larry Connors break out on this date in 1982. Racky Sesler went coast-to-coast for a layup and Hawaii beat Oral Roberts 80-78 before 2,708 fans at the Blaisdell Arena. The Rainbows were coming off a successful Rainbow Classic and were so drained that Little, their head coach, was ordered to stay away and let assistant Riley Wallace coach the team for a game. Wallace turned to sixth-man Connors in the game and […]

JAN 2, 1952: Ed Edralin to Fred Furukawa saves the day

By Jerry Campany on January 2, 2021

On this date in 1952, former Saint Louis star and future Circle of Honor inductee Fred Furukawa made UH fans pull a U-Turn. Hawaii beat Memphis State 68-61 in two overtimes at the Civic Auditorium long after fans seemed to give up on the Rainbows. Hawaii trailed 49-47 with 15 seconds left and the crowd filing out when Ed Edralin stole Phil Hodson‘s inbounds pass and flipped it to Furukawa, who laid it in for the tie game. Hodson had […]

JAN 1, 1947: Buddy Abreu gives Hawaii its first Pineapple Bowl

By Jerry Campany on January 1, 2021

No rainbow, no problem. On this date in 1947, Hawaii won its first Pineapple Bowl with a 19-16 win over Utah. In previous games, a rainbow over the field was credited with sparking UH rallies but in this one the rainbow didn’t show until after the game. Honolulu Advertiser reporter Andrew Mitsukado called it “the most thrilling football game ever played on a local gridiron.” Hawaii led 19-7 before the Utes scored with 4 minutes left. The Rainbows were stuck […]