Hawaii’s defense comes through in 47-35 win over UC Santa Barbara

Hawaii’s defense comes through in 47-35 win over UC Santa Barbara
Courtesy: Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in over 30 years, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team held an opponent to 35 points or less in a victory, defeating UC Santa Barbara 47-35 Saturday afternoon on the road.

"A few weeks ago I don't know if we could get a win like this with how we struggled offensively," said head coach Laura Beeman in a statement. "But this goes to show the grit this team has, and how well we can play defensively. Our defense won the game for us. It also shows our ability to overcome. When we have a road trip like this, where we fly into Los Angeles, bus to Cal Poly, then bus to Santa Barbara, it's tough on us. But this team can overcome a lot, and they did this week."

The Wahine (7-11, 3-2 BWC) have now won back-to-back games on the road for the first all season. The Gauchos (4-14, 1-5) have now lost five of their last six contests.

Thanks to Hawaii’s defensive efforts, the ‘Bows held an opponent to 35 points or less for the first time since Nov. 25, 1985 against Sonoma State.

UC Santa Barbara shot just 12-of-51 from the floor for 24 percent and 0-for-16 from beyond the three-point line. Hawaii forced 16 turnovers on the night.

Leah Salanoa led the way with 14 points Makenna Woodfolk added 10 points and six rebounds of her own.

The ‘Bows will look for their third-straight win on Wednesday, Jan. 30 against UC Riverside at the Stan Sheriff Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. HT.

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