Add one more award to Sarah Toeaina’s collection.
The Hawaii women’s basketball senior was honored for one last time to cap her decorated career on Sunday, as she was the recipient of the Ah Chew Goo Award — the program’s most prestigious individual honor — at the Rainbow Wahine postseason banquet for the second straight year.
Toeaina also repeated as an All-Big West first-teamer in 2017-18, averaging 16.5 points and finishing as the ninth-leading scorer in program history (1,204 points). Now she is only the third Wahine player to receive the award (introduced in 1999, and named after the father of former Wahine coach Vince Goo) multiple times, and the second player to get it in back-to-back years. Amy Kotani (2006, 2008) and Shawna Kuehu (2014, 2015) were the others.
It was a difficult season overall, at 12-18 (5-11 Big West), but there was little doubt that Laura Beeman’s team would be far worse off had Toeaina not scored in double figures on a game-to-game basis, while providing leadership on the floor and in the locker room. She rebounded at a high level for a 5-foot-11 player (6.0 per game) and shot 52.2 percent, exceptional for her position.
Beeman handed out several other awards at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom on Sunday: point guard Tia Kanoa, defensive player of the year; forward Kenna Woodfolk, most improved player; center Lauren Rewers, rookie of the year; and Toeaina for the team academic award. Rachel Odumu, Julissa Tago, Courtney Middap and Amy Atwell also received academic recognition.