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

Latest news

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) […]

Hawaii softball: 7 seniors get a surprise in final game

By Brian McInnis on May 11, 2019

Bob Coolen figured the time for some lineup trickery was at hand. In his 28 years as Hawaii softball coach, only a handful of times has he had as large a senior class as the seven of 2019. And in those past instances, there’d typically be some kind of conference positioning or overall win-loss consideration that superseded a luxury such as starting every member of a large crop of seniors on senior night. Not this year. This time, UH knew […]

Hawaii water polo: Misfortune strikes UH; Cal downs Rainbow Wahine in NCAA quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on May 10, 2019

UPDATE: Hawaii got off to a strong start and led California by two goals, and UH was tied with the Golden Bears at halftime, but the Pac-12 school dominated the second half to swim away with a 17-13 quarterfinal win over UH at Stanford on Friday afternoon. The fourth-seeded Golden Bears, who improved to 3-1 against Hawaii this season — 3-0 on the mainland — rattled off five straight goals spanning the third and fourth quarters once UH got within […]

Hawaii softball: UH splits doubleheader with Davis, NCAA berth out of reach

By Brian McInnis on May 10, 2019

It was going to take a lot for the Hawaii softball team to pick up an NCAA tournament berth at the conclusion of this week. For starters, the Rainbow Wahine needed to sweep Thursday’s doubleheader against UC Davis to keep hope of an outright Big West regular-season title alive into Friday’s senior night. Sweeping Davis in three games and having Cal State Fullerton lose out at UC Riverside in three games Friday and Saturday was the only combination that would […]

Hawaii softball: 7 seniors look to make final week count

By Brian McInnis on May 7, 2019

Despite taking its final road series by a count of two games to one, the road to a Big West championship got considerably tougher for the Hawaii softball team. Heading into its final series of the season, at home against UC Davis this week, UH (32-14, 13-5 Big West) trails first-place Cal State Fullerton (35-16, 15-3) by two games with three to play. It actually amounts to a 2.5-game lead for the Titans, who swept UH in a series at […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Ex-player Jaaron Stallworth reported dead

By Brian McInnis on May 6, 2019

Some stunning news infiltrated the Hawaii basketball community on Monday, as former Rainbow Warriors guard Jaaron Stallworth was reported dead. The Hawaii basketball Twitter page sent out condolences for the Stallworth family “during this difficult time.” Stallworth, who transferred to Hawaii out of Yuba College for the 2017-18 season, was to compete at point guard. But he was coming off a broken leg injury playing for Yuba and was behind the curve, considerably, upon arrival at UH as he competed […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Unforgettable ride

By Brian McInnis on May 5, 2019

Whether you were a diehard Hawaii volleyball fan or a late-comer to the sensation that was #WarriorBall19, you likely shared in some indelible moments over the past few months. The record 74-set streak, and the moment it came to an end to a standing ovation at home. The five-setters at Long Beach State to cap the regular season. The epic rematch with The Beach for the Big West title played in front of an epic sellout crowd. The curious timing […]