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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 […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball headed to Saint Mary’s in WNIT

By Brian McInnis on March 18, 2019

For its second straight WNIT appearance and for the third time in 10 overall showings in the event, the Hawaii women’s basketball team has been dispatched to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary’s in the opening round. UH (15-16) and the Gaels of the West Coast Conference (20-11) will meet on Friday at a time to be announced. The winner of that game will face Cal Baptist or Pepperdine in the second round. BREAKING: 2019 Postseason #WNIT first-round matchups released! […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball bound for WNIT after title defeat

By Brian McInnis on March 16, 2019

The wild ride of the 2018-19 Hawaii women’s basketball team isn’t over just yet. Shortly after its 58-50 loss to top-seeded UC Davis in the Big West championship game, UH announced that the Rainbow Wahine will make their 10th all-time appearance in the WNIT. With regular-season champion Davis taking the Big West tournament’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, that freed up the Wahine, as the No. 2 seed, for inclusion in the 64-team WNIT. UH last participated in the […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball puts rebuilt chemistry to test

By Brian McInnis on March 15, 2019

UPDATE: UH jumped out early and held on tight for a 66-58 win over UC Riverside in the Big West semifinals, setting up a title-game matchup with UC Davis at 12:30 p.m. (HST) on Saturday. ————— When forward Makenna Woodfolk announced she was done playing basketball for Hawaii five games ago, it sent a shock through the Rainbow Wahine program. For a team as up and down as the Rainbow Wahine were, even with their leading scorer and rebounder Woodfolk, […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball draws UC Riverside

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2019

The Hawaii women’s basketball team finally learned the identity of its Big West tournament semifinal opponent. Second-seeded UH will meet third-seeded UC Riverside at 11:30 a.m. (HST) Friday at the Honda Center. That was sealed when the Highlanders defeated Long Beach State 67-50 at UC Irvine Wednesday afternoon. UH has been practicing at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College in an attempt to stay sharp through its double bye earned last week with two key road wins at Riverside and […]

Big West awards hard-earned for Hawaii basketball teams

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2019

It is a credit to the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams that they have done what they’ve done in their respective 2019 conference seasons without possessing a singularly dominant player. Fourth place in the Big West for the Rainbow Warriors with a 9-7 record (18-12 overall). Second place for the Rainbow Wahine at 10-6 (14-15 overall). Top-half seeding like that going into the Big West tournament usually means that’s good for some significant hardware in the conference postseason awards. […]

Quick Reads: Outtakes from beyond the arc

By Dave Reardon on March 11, 2019

Here are some quotes that didn’t make it into Sunday’s story about the 3-point shot. If you haven’t had a chance yet, also read the excellent pieces by Brian McInnis and Paul Honda. ERAN GANOT, University of Hawaii men’s coach: DR: Any thoughts on why there’s been an explosion overall in 3-point shots taken in pros and college only recent years? EG: Shot distribution, shot selection is so key. It’s added another element. But this has been coming on … […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball: Good byes on road, goodbye to home

By Brian McInnis on March 7, 2019

The Hawaii women’s basketball team would like nothing more than to say hello to good byes after this week (to borrow that old slogan from PriceBusters). UH (12-15, 8-6 Big West) clinched at least a first-round bye on Wednesday night when UC Irvine, the team just behind the Rainbow Wahine, lost to Cal State Northridge, meaning UH can do no worse than the 4 seed. The Wahine can do much better if they can find it within themselves to win […]