HONOLULU – Another tough, close game. Another outcome decided by a missed final shot. This time, it was the Wahine coming up short.
Shawna Lei Kuehu's last second jumper rimmed out as Alabama escaped with a 44-43 win in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
Laura Beeman's team was hoping for a second straight upset of a power conference team after knocking off Cincinnati Saturday, but it wasn't to be. There were positives to take from the game, however. UH proved it can play with power conference teams. The Wahine are also in the midst of developing a gritty, never-say-die attitude as they prepare for Big West Conference play.
As usual, Kamilah Martin led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was her tough rebounding that helped keep UH in the game. Hawaii outrebounded Alabama 53-36.
Beeman's team (4-7, 0-0) will now prepare for the Big West opener, in California against CS-Fullerton on Thursday.