HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference game in a 67-58 loss to San Jose State, Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine (8-15, 3-5 WAC) trailed by 13 at the half and by double-digits for much of the second half before making one last comeback attempt. Back-to-back baskets by Kalei Adolpho and Breanna Arbuckle closed the deficit to five with 1:36 left. However, SJSU's Myesha Broaden's bucket on the Spartans' next possession put the game out of reach.
Arbuckle and Vicky Tagalicod each scored 13 points to lead Hawai'i. Kalei Adolpho added six points, six rebounds, and four blocks off the bench. Sydney Haydel dished out a career-high six assists and tied her career-high with six rebounds. Kamilah Jackson was held in check, scoring just five points--all on free throws-- and a career-low two rebounds.As a team, UH struggled with 30.9 percent shooting from the field and made only 5-of-16 three-point attempts.
SJSU (9-14, 4-4) was led by the WAC's leading scorer Brittany Johnson, who scored a game-high 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting. The senior scored 14 in the first half, in leading the Spartans to a 38-25 halftime cushion.
The Spartans used a 10-1 run early on the game and another 10-2 run to push their lead to double-digits at 29-19 with just over five minutes to play in the first half. SJSU extended its lead to as much as 14 until taking a 13-point lead at the half.
The Rainbow Wahine closed to within six at 52-46 after an Arbuckle basket with eight minutes to play but the Spartans answered with eight straight to push the lead back to 14. An 8-1 run by the Rainbow Wahine, sparked by three-pointers by Alissa Campanero and Kanisha Bello, closed the deficit to seven with just under three minutes remaining.
After two free throws by Johnson, UH scored on consecutive possessions by Adolpho and Arbuckle but the Rainbow Wahine could not get any closer than that the rest of the way.
The Rainbow Wahine will next hit the road for WAC games at New Mexico State, Feb. 16 and Louisiana Tech, Feb. 18.