HILO, Hawaii -- The University of Hawaii women's basketball team (4-6) fell in the final game of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout to East Carolina (5-6) tonight at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo, Hawaii`. Megan Tinnin led UH with a season-high 22 points and Keisha Kanekoa scored 17 points and earned all-tournament honors.
Tinnin hit 6-of-14 field-goals and scored both of her 3-point shots late in the game. She also tallied six rebounds, two steals with an assist. Kanekoa, who played her final game in front of her hometown crowd as a Rainbow Wahine, also dished out three assists with a steal. Shawna-Lei Kuehu also posted double-digits with 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block. Breanna Arbuckle grabbed a team-high 10 boards in the defeat.
Kanekoa's 17 points brings her to 987 points in her stellar career as she comes closer to becoming just the 16th player in Rainbow Wahine history to hit the 1,000 point mark.
It was a close game throughout the first half. Tinnin drilled a 3-point shot from the corner to tie the game at 32 to end the first half. But after the break, the ‘Bows took a quick two-point lead to start the second half, but then the Pirates started to slowly pull away from the Rainbow Wahine, building a lead as big as 11, and allowing UH to get only as close as five points late in the game.
East Carolina's Kelly Smith led East Carolina with 18 points. She was 5-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 in 3-point shots. Jean Best was second on the team with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Rainbow Wahine go home to Honolulu for the holidays. Next week, UH hosts the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational Dec. 28-30 with CS Bakersfield, Columbia, and UNLV coming to town.
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