Hawaii basketball: 4 seeds for Rainbow Warriors, Wahine

Hawaii's Julissa Tago, Savannah Reier and Courtney Middap posed after senior ceremonies on Saturday night. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Sixteen games of conference play brought the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams to the same place on Saturday.

That being, the 4 seed in next week’s Big West tournaments.

With an 86-82 loss at Cal State Northridge for the men (8-8 Big West) and a 75-58 win over Cal Poly on senior night for the women (9-7), both squads landed pretty squarely in the middle of the pack.

In the Rainbow Warriors’ case, that meant a matchup against UC Davis in the 4-5 pairing — a 5:30 p.m. HST quarterfinal, ESPN3-streamed, at the Honda Center in the last matchup of the day on Thursday.

For the Rainbow Wahine, they get a team to be determined at 5:30 HST on Wednesday at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid, depending on who comes out of the first round there the day before. UH will face the highest (best) seed remaining, which could be the host team for the first two rounds, LBSU, the No. 5 seed. (If the Beach beats No. 8 Cal Poly on Tuesday, UH will draw LBSU.)

The Big West 2020 men’s tournament at the Honda Center.

The Big West women’s tournament at Long Beach State and the Honda Center.

The UH women still did themselves good by winning on senior night, snapping a four-game losing streak and avoiding having to play on the first day. Senior guard Julissa Tago set the tone with a big first quarter and hit the 1,000-point career mark.


Here were interviews with the three Wahine seniors after their ceremonies:

Here’s the final regular-season standings for the men and women (note that seeding order is not necessarily the same based on tiebreakers).

The men:
Updated March 7

UC Irvine13-3.81321-11.656
UC Santa Barbara10-6.62521-10.677
Cal State Northridge10-6.62515-17.469
UC Davis8-8.50014-18.438
UC Riverside7-9.43817-15.531
Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State6-10.37511-21.344
Cal Poly4-12.2507-23.233

The women:
Through March 11

UC Davis12-4.75017-12.586
UC Santa Barbara
UC Irvine9-7.56313-18.419
Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State8-8.50013-17.433
Cal State Northridge7-9.43812-19.387
Cal Poly6-10.37511-18.379
UC Riverside4-12.2508-22.267


  1. Akio March 8, 2020 7:54 pm

    The Wahine will do better than the men for sure.

  2. H-Man March 9, 2020 4:42 pm

    Hoping the Wahine play like they did in the last game. I liked their mojo.

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