HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai`i women's basketball team (5-6) pulled away from Columbia (0-10), 71-46 in their opener of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Freshman Kamilah Jackson recorded her sixth double-double to pace the ‘Bows scoring19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in front of a crowd of 1,660 on Tuesday night.
Hawai`i snapped their five-game losing streak by dominating in the paint, scoring 42 of their 71 points in the key. The 'Bows hit a team season-high .549 field goal percentage (28-of-51). The Rainbow Wahine also had a decisive advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Lions 54-to-23. But UH lost the turnover battle, giving the ball up 31 times to Columbia's 18.
Jackson continued her consistent play for the ‘Bows. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. It marked the seventh time this season that Jackson has scored in double figures. She also filled the stat line with an assist, a block and a steal in 31 minutes of action.
Jackson was one of three UH players to post double digits in points. Megan Tinnin added 16 points with three 3-pointers made. She also contributed with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. Shawna-Lei Kuehu added eight points and tied her career-high with nine assists to go with her four rebounds, one block and one steal in the game.
Senior guard Keisha Kanekoa scored five points, bringing her career total to 189 points. She now needs just 11 points to become the 16th Rainbow Wahine player in history to score 1,000 points.
The Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational continues Wednesday with the ‘Bows battling CSU Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m.
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