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Coach Laura Beeman cautious, optimistic as Wahine prepare for road trip

By Jerry Campany on December 21, 2020

By Paul Honda A week ago, Laura Beeman saw her Rainbow Wahine struggle in an 82-74 loss to Division II national powerhouse Hawaii Pacific. Hawaii’s loss to the long-range gunners of HPU was an eye-opener in the first of two nonconference games on the COVID-19 ravaged schedule. It wasn’t in the plan to lose, but Beeman had already chosen the right path for her team, which includes six freshmen. She let them travel home for Thanksgiving weekend. “We knew coming […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Super time had at Midnight Madness

By Jerry Campany on October 16, 2020

On this date in 2004, UH’s annual opening of practice went completely overboard. From Riley Wallace dressing up like Darth Vadar to Bobby Nash as Indiana Jones to Tricia Nishimoto playing the part of UH strength coach Tommy Heffernan, a good time was had by all. Wallace’s preference was his three assistant coaches dressed up as the Three Amigos. Nash hit four 3-pointers but Jeff Blackett scored 11 points to win the Green-White scrimmage. Deonte Tatum won the dunk contest […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jessiya Villa joins list of Rainbow Warrior transfers; 2 Rainbow Wahine reportedly transfer

By Warrior World on March 28, 2020

The following appeared on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news: Jessiya Villa, a freshman point guard for the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team, confirmed he has entered the transfer portal. Villa redshirted this season after returning from a two-year church mission in Ghana. “I entered this morning,” Villa said. “I’m officially a transfer. … In this business, in this realm, you just gotta keep yourself happy, and do what’s best, not only for yourself, more so, for everyone. I respect […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Rainbow Wahine coping with lost opportunity

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2020

They could’ve won it all. That was still how some members of the Hawaii women’s basketball team felt upon arrival back at the Manoa campus on Friday morning, fresh off a disappointing flight home due to the cancellation of the Big West and NCAA tournaments because of the coronavirus threat. The Rainbow Wahine saw their season come to an unfulfilling end at 16-14 after beating Cal State Fullerton convincingly, 72-59, in the Big West second round Wednesday, earning a date […]

Hawaii athletics: List of student-athletes expected to have senior years cut short due to coronavirus threat

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2020

Some 56 University of Hawaii student-athletes were likely impacted more than the hundreds of others with Thursday’s news of NCAA sports championships being canceled through the spring. The seniors and graduate students. Some were at the tail end of their college careers, like the five basketball players who had the Big West tournaments pulled out from underneath them. Others were less than halfway through their season, like baseball and softball. Barring sports being reinstated in the coming weeks, or some […]

Hawaii athletics: NCAA cancels spring sports championships; reactions from UH coaches, players; some tickets to be refunded

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2020

UPDATE: The NCAA officially canceled all spring sports championships, which appears to effectively end all seasonal University of Hawaii sports. Most notably for UH, the Hawaii men’s volleyball team will be unable to try for a title a year after reaching the NCAA championship game. UH also had top-five-ranked teams in beach volleyball and women’s water polo. NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships: https://t.co/qzKAS4McEI pic.twitter.com/G6XreZx35E — NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020 UH athletics issued a statement for ticket holders […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Rainbow Wahine down Cal State Fullerton for Big West semifinal berth

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2020

The following appeared on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news: The Hawaii women’s basketball team locked down Cal State Fullerton, 72-59, Wednesday at a mostly empty Walter Pyramid to advance to the Big West tournament semifinals on Friday. No. 4 UH (16-14) faces No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (14-15) at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. UH and UCSB split the regular-season series, with each team winning on the opponent’s home court. #HawaiiWBB coach Laura Beeman breaks […]

Hawaii basketball: Big West bars spectators for tournament because of coronavirus threat

By Warrior World on March 10, 2020

The following is posted on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news. The Big West Conference is not allowing any “non-essential” people — a list that includes fans, bands and cheerleaders — to attend the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week. The mandate is in response to fears over COVID-19. The Big West notified the participating teams this afternoon that only players, coaches, referees, “essential” personnel and media will be allowed to attend the games. #HawaiiMBB forward Samuta Avea on […]