Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova bows out in round of 16

By Brian McInnis on May 22, 2019

Fortunes turned on a dime for Petra Melounova. One second, she was leading Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby 5-1 in the first set Wednesday. The next, she’d dropped the set and was on her way to a stunningly abrupt exit from the NCAA tournament, 7-5, 6-0 in the round of 16. It didn’t take away from what she’d already accomplished at the USTA Campus in Orlando, Fla. — the deepest run in the NCAAs in program history. “I’m really happy I got […]

Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova makes NCAA sweet 16

By Brian McInnis on May 21, 2019

UPDATE: After a blistering start, Petra Melounova could not keep it going in the NCAA round of 16 on Wednesday. She jumped out to a 5-1 lead in Set 1 on Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby — only to see Maltby rattle off 12 straight games. Maltby prevailed 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Melounova will go into her senior year with the only three NCAA singles wins in program history (two as a junior, one as a freshman). —————— […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Petra Melounova advances to NCAA round of 32 (VIDEO)

By Brian McInnis on May 19, 2019

UPDATE: Petra Melounova is advancing in the NCAA singles tournament for the second time in her career — and first since her freshman season two years ago — with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback win over LSU’s Jessica Golovin in Orlando, Fla. There was an upset in the bracket right next to Melounova; Michigan’s Chiara Lommer knocked off No. 4 seed Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina. Melounova, ranked No. 61, gets the 47th-ranked Lommer in the second round Tuesday. The match […]

Hawaii baseball: Rainbow Warriors clinch losing season with loss to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara

By Brian McInnis on May 18, 2019

With an emphatic 11-1 loss to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, the Hawaii baseball team clinched a losing 2019 campaign. UH, which hung around .500 both overall and in Big West play for most of the season, dropped to 20-26 (8-12 BWC) for 2019 after allowing a season-high 18 hits and earning just three hits of their own in front of a Saturday night turnstile crowd of 2,261. It snapped two straight years of winning overall records […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Concerning recruiting

By Brian McInnis on May 18, 2019

Any takers out there? About two months ago, I wrote about how this spring is a critical juncture for the direction of the Hawaii men’s basketball program as it pertains to recruiting. Would the Rainbow Warriors receive a talent infusion commensurate with their peers in the Big West — the Irvines, Long Beaches, and Santa Barbaras — to break a spell of so-so regular-season performances and one-and-done outings in the conference tournament the last three years? Well, in the weeks since, […]

Hawaii baseball: Big challenge ahead for final home weekend

By Brian McInnis on May 17, 2019

The Hawaii baseball team is out of the Big West title race, but it can muck things up for the team that is currently in the driver’s seat. UH (20-24, 8-10 BWC) is seven games behind No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (41-7, 15-3) with six games to play in a conference that awards its automatic NCAA tournament berth to the regular-season champion. Cal Poly (13-5) and UC Irvine (12-6) are the teams hoping Hawaii can end the red-hot Gauchos’ 10-game […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Sarah Toeaina is British MVP in first pro season

By Brian McInnis on May 16, 2019

The professional career of former Hawaii women’s basketball star Sarah Toeaina is off to a rousing start. Toeaina, of the Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), was named league MVP today after putting up some huge numbers. She averaged 20 points and 9.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 season for the Hatters, who were just knocked out in the league semifinals. Presenting your 2018-19 @MoltenSports Season MVP Congratulations @_SarahToe of @Hatters_BC 🎉🏀🎉 Her reaction: ⬇️https://t.co/DX4lZ76P56#BritishBasketball #LetsGoHatters […]

Hawaii softball: 8 Rainbow Wahine pick up Big West postseason awards

By Brian McInnis on May 14, 2019

The 2019 postseason awards haul was respectable for a Hawaii softball team that put together its best season in six years. Per UH, it was the most Rainbow Wahine players honored in total since 2013, which was the same year UH rejoined the Big West in softball. First baseman/catcher Callee Heen, third baseman Nicole Lopez and pitcher Brittany Hitchcock were named to the All-Big West first team. Catcher Heather Cameron was named to the second team, and Cheeks Ramos (utility) […]