Court Sense

Formerly about Rainbow Warriors basketball, but now covering all University of Hawaii sports.

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 was the UH basketball beat writer from the 2008-09 season through 2017-18. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Hawaii athletics: Ups and downs of a busy Saturday

By Brian McInnis on February 23, 2020

A lot happened in the realm of University of Hawaii athletics on Saturday, the 22nd of February. Some of it was excellent, some so-so, and some UH fans would probably sooner forget. Just about every spring sport was in action in form or fashion, with the notable exception being the No. 1 UH men’s volleyball team, which had a bye week. UH tennis also did not play Saturday. The singular greatest achievements were had by the men’s and women’s swimming […]

Hawaii beach volleyball: 7 indoor players attempt to find their sand legs

By Brian McInnis on February 21, 2020

Sailors have sea legs. Beach volleyball players? “One thing we talk about is getting your sand legs,” Hawaii beach coach Jeff Hall said of when an indoor volleyball player makes the spring transition to the uneven playing surface. “Coming from indoor, they go to jump out here, and they don’t get out of the sand. Or they’ll lateral jump instead of jumping straight up and down.” Seven UH indoor players — Brooke Van Sickle, Jolie Rasmussen, Hanna Hellvig, Norene Iosia, Janelle […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Rainbow Warriors seek streak-buster

By Brian McInnis on February 20, 2020

Will it be tonight? That’s what the Hawaii men’s basketball team has to be asking itself heading into Thursday night’s nationally televised battle with similarly skidding UC Riverside at SRC Arena. Or — perhaps the Rainbow Warriors are telling themselves something to the effect of “it will be tonight.” UPDATE: UH got its streak-buster in dramatic fashion, beating UC Riverside 56-55 after squandering a 17-point second-half lead. The Rainbows’ four-game losing streak has hung over them like a storm cloud […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Bob Nash puts long journey into perspective on jersey retirement night

By Brian McInnis on February 16, 2020

There was an arena full of people to thank. Bob Nash did his best to get to everyone. “I’ve been blessed. My family’s been blessed. And I really appreciate you,” he told the nearly 6,000 in house as he became the first Hawaii men’s basketball player to have his jersey officially retired at halftime of Saturday night’s contest against UC Irvine. “My wife (Domelynne), sadly she’s not here to see this moment, but I know she’s smiling down on us. […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Rainbow Wahine alumna Michelle Gabriel in spotlight of Maryknoll School decision

By Brian McInnis on February 13, 2020

Former Hawaii women’s basketball player Michelle Gabriel is in the news for a recent decision by Maryknoll School, her alma mater and now-former employer. Maryknoll decided to release Gabriel, a 1999 Spartans graduate who went on to play for UH’s Vince Goo (1999-2003), from her position as director of its middle school in late January because she was eight months pregnant and unmarried. A rally of support for Gabriel, who was also a P.E. teacher, was held Wednesday outside of […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Rainbow Warriors soul search after brutal loss to Long Beach State

By Brian McInnis on February 13, 2020

Members of the Hawaii men’s basketball team attempted to give voice to what transpired on the Stan Sheriff Center court some 20 minutes earlier. No easy feat after the 50-49 loss to last-place Long Beach State. “We gotta find ourselves, a little bit. We lost our way just a little,” said senior Eddie Stansberry. “Just lack of togetherness. The whole game we just wasn’t together,” freshman guard Justin Webster summarized. Maybe most telling, a shaken Eran Ganot said, “We weren’t […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Julissa Tago, Amy Atwell within range of season 3-point record

By Brian McInnis on February 12, 2020

The recent 3-point binge of the Hawaii women’s basketball team has led to what could be the most prolific outside-shooting season in program history. Not one, but two Hawaii women’s basketball players could — and will very likely — soon surpass the program record for 3-pointers in a season, with Julissa Tago positioned to possibly do it as soon as Thursday’s home game against Cal State Northridge. Tago, the senior guard who is at No. 4 in Rainbow Wahine career 3s […]

Hawaii softball: Rainbow Wahine settle into new roles in opening tournament

By Brian McInnis on February 9, 2020

The Paradise Classic ended the way it started for the Hawaii softball team. With a lopsided win over Northern Colorado. In between, the Rainbow Wahine took their lumps from Memphis and Iowa State, the latter of which went on to win the four-team tournament on Saturday afternoon, as they worked through new roles and responsibilities. After beating UNC 11-2 in the season opener Thursday, the Wahine absorbed 8-4 and 15-3 successive defeats to ISU and Memphis on Friday. The first […]