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Hawaii women’s basketball: Shannon Nishi-Patton closer to Olympics with Pan Am gold

By Dave Reardon on August 11, 2019

The window to living her dream opened at least a little bit more for Shannon Nishi-Patton when she swept her five karate matches at the Pan Am Games and won a gold medal Saturday. But Nishi-Patton still doesn’t know how close she is to making it to Tokyo when karate will debut as an exhibition sport at the 2020 Olympic Games. The former Team USA assistant coach from Honolulu came out of a five-year retirement as a competitor in 2017. […]

Hawaii athletics facilities: Stan Sheriff Center floor resurfacing underway

By Ferd Lewis on August 2, 2019

“We can hardly wait to get out on our new floor, it is going to be something,” University of Hawaii women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman said today as workers have begun the refinishing of the Stan Sheriff Center court. The floor that the Rainbow Wahine and Rainbow Warriors basketball teams call home was last resurfaced nearly 20 years ago. The Stan Sheriff Center itself is about to enter its 25th year of athletics. The approximately $90,000 project is scheduled to […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Toeaina, Salanoas help win gold for American Samoa

By Brian McInnis on July 16, 2019

Behind three former Hawaii Rainbow Wahine, American Samoa ended the 2019 Pacific Games the same way it started competition — by winning with authority. Sarah Toeaina poured in 29 points on 9-for-14 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead her adopted team to a 74-53 win over Fiji on Wednesday night in Samoa (Tuesday in Hawaii). Lahni and Leah Salanoa added a combined 21 points and nine rebounds for the U.S. territory. American Samoa (5-0) swept through the Olympic-style competition between […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: New locker room in progress

By Brian McInnis on July 13, 2019

The Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball programs undertook significant upgrades of their respective Stan Sheriff Center locker rooms in the 2019 offseason. While the Rainbow Warriors’ new digs are said to be done (and could be showcased in the coming days), those of the Rainbow Wahine still require some work for completion before next season. Both hoops programs have fundraised independently for the locker upgrades; no money was directed to the projects from UH’s haul from the state legislature. Athletic […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Sarah Toeaina, Salanoa twins reunite in Pacific Games

By Brian McInnis on July 8, 2019

A few former Hawaii women’s basketball teammates have reunited on another island. Four-year Rainbow Wahine players Sarah Toeaina and Lahni and Leah Salanoa are teammates competing for American Samoa in the 2019 Pacific Games, an Olympic-style multi-sport competition between island nations and territories of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia held every four years. This year it is the 16th edition of the games and is being hosted by Western Samoa. Toeaina and the Salanoas are from the U.S. mainland but share […]

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 […]