Rainbow Wahine picked 6th in Big West conference

By: Mike Cherry

IRVINE, California (HawaiiNewsNow) - ­The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team was picked to finish in sixth place and Kamilah Martin was tabbed Preseason All-Conference in the Big West's  preseason polls voted on by the media.
Under first year head coach Laura Beeman, the Rainbow Wahine received 81 points—just one point ahead of UC Davis in seventh place. The 'Bows are coming off an 11-19 overall record and a 6-8 mark that tied them for fourth in their final season in the Western Athletic Conference. Cal State Northridge—who finished in second last season—earned six first place votes to nab the top spot in the media poll while Pacific came in right behind the Matadors with five first place votes and 159 total points.
Martin (formerly Jackson), was the only junior to be voted to the six-member preseason team. Last season as a sophomore, Martin earned all-WAC second team honors after leading UH for the second straight season in points (13.2) and rebounds (10.6) per game with career highs in assists (56) and blocks (23). In her career, she has averaged 12.6 points and 11.2 boards per game.
The Rainbow Wahine begin the Beeman era with an exhibition game this Friday, Oct. 26 against UH Hilo at 7:00 p.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center.
Big West Conference Media Poll

1. Cal State Northridge (6)


2. Pacific (5)


3. UC Santa Barbara (3)


4. Cal Poly (1)


5. Long Beach State (1)


6. Hawai'i


7. UC Davis


8. UC Riverside


9. UC Irvine


10. Cal State Fullerton


( ) First place votes
Preseason All-Big West Conference Team
Kayla Griffin (Cal Poly, Guard, Senior)
Ashlee Guay (Cal State Northridge, Guard, Sophomore)
Kamilah Martin (Hawai'i, Forward, Junior)
Tre' Shonti Nottingham (UC Riverside, Guard, Senior)
Kendall Rodriguez (Pacific, Forward, Senior)
Janae Sharpe (Cal State Northridge, Guard, Sophomore)

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