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Rainbow Wahine basketball: 4 seniors bid farewell

By Brian McInnis on March 2, 2019

UPDATE: The Rainbow Wahine put together one of their best and most well-rounded performances in a 70-55 win over Fullerton. As noted in Saturday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser, senior night is a big night for the Hawaii women’s basketball team and its four outgoing players. The Rainbow Wahine (11-15, 7-6 Big West) have a chance to redefine the 2018-19 season if they can put something solid together against Cal State Fullerton (13-13, 5-8) in this “White-out” game at 3 […]

Hawaii basketball teams lick wounds

By Brian McInnis on February 24, 2019

Taken in concert, that was a wallop of a week for the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine entered it with identical 7-4 records in the Big West Conference. In the case of the Warriors, that was good for third place, behind only UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, with five games to play. In the case of the Wahine, it was even better — good for a tie for second place with Cal State […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball: Turning the corner

By Brian McInnis on February 19, 2019

UPDATE: Well, umm, the rosy outlook has changed a little bit. Here’s today’s breaking news on leading scorer and rebounder Makenna Woodfolk leaving the program due to her pregnancy. Coming up on the most important time of the season, the Hawaii women’s basketball team feels like it’s found something. Something good. UH (11-13, 7-4) is tied for second place in the Big West with five games remaining before the Big West tournament. Because of the benefit of byes in the […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball: Who’s got next?

By Brian McInnis on February 13, 2019

UPDATE: Courtney Middap had next; she scored 14 points and UH had one of its deepest bench efforts of the season in beating UCSB 72-49 on Wednesday night. It’s been anyone’s guess as to who will rise to the occasion on a game-to-game basis for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. That’s had a hand in some unpredictable results this season. As was mentioned in Wednesday’s print edition, a bevy of players — nine — have led the Rainbow Wahine in scoring […]

Alexander takes step forward

By Brian McInnis on February 7, 2019

UPDATE: The Rainbow Wahine pulled out a 70-68 road win at UC Irvine on Thursday, extending their road winning streak to three games. Jadynn Alexander scored five points on one shot from the field and two free-throw attempts. The Hawaii women’s basketball team has a collection of defensive-minded guards that coach Laura Beeman can call upon in a pinch. Savannah Reier. Rachel Odumu. And Jadynn Alexander. Of the three, Alexander has emerged as the biggest two-way threat for the Rainbow […]

Pivotal 2-week stretch on tap for Wahine

By Brian McInnis on January 24, 2019

UPDATE III: UH had a chance to build some serious momentum coming off its road sweep but instead came out flat against UC Riverside on Wednesday. The Highlanders built a 20-point lead behind Jannon Otto’s 22 points, but then the Rainbow Wahine rallied furiously to within three in the final seconds. Tia Kanoa’s long 3 to tie was just long and UCR pulled out the 60-55 win. UPDATE II: UH swept its two-game road trip with a 47-35 win at […]

Wahine put up 29 in loss to CSUN

By Brian McInnis on January 18, 2019

Right around halftime, when the score read 27-12, the media guides were opened and the records searched. The lowest-scoring half of women’s basketball in the history of the Stan Sheriff Center? Eleven points, by Denver against UConn in 2002. The lowest-scoring game in the history of the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine? Twenty-five, against California in January of 1977. UH succeeded in avoiding setting a standard in those categories on Thursday night, but that’s about all that went right for the hosts […]

Kanoa ‘honored’ by player of the week award

By Brian McInnis on January 14, 2019

Point guard Tia Kanoa graciously accepted the first Big West weekly award given to the Hawaii women’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season. The Monday honor went to Kanoa after she played huge all over the floor in the Rainbow Wahine’s 65-60 comeback win against defending champion UC Davis on Saturday. The importance of that win to the team couldn’t be overstated; it ended a three-game losing streak and gave the Rainbow Wahine a signature moment this season. It was […]