An elevator malfunction pushed back the start of the final night of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday.
The Missouri women’s basketball team’s arrival at the Stan Sheriff Center was delayed when members of the team got stuck on a hotel elevator.
The Tigers were on their way to the lobby of the Waikiki Beach Marriott when the elevator doors didn’t open, trapping them inside for close to 90 minutes, according to Missouri’s media relations director. The Tigers were given water and cold towels during their wait as the fire department was called.
The Tigers (3-0) were scheduled to face No. 14 California (3-0) at 4:30 p.m., but didn’t pull into the arena until around 4:45. They were given 30 minutes to warmup before facing the Golden Bears and the game tipped off at 5:20.
The ordeal didn’t seem to faze Missouri early as the Tigers led 24-23 midway through the first half and went into the break up 38-36. Cal pulled away in the second half and claimed the tournament title with an 82-70 win led by forward Reshanda Gray’s game-high 28 points.
The delay also pushed back the start of the tournament finale between Hawaii and UNLV, originally scheduled for 7 p.m.