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HPU Women clinch top seed

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Honolulu, HI (HPU)-  Skye Savini scored a game high 18 points in 22 minutes as the Hawai'i Pacific Women's Basketball Team (17-6, 13-4) defeated Chaminade (1-21, 1-16) 83-56.The victory, coupled with a Grand Canyon loss earlier in the day, clinched the number one seed for the Sea Warriors the inaugural PacWest tournament.

The Sea Warriors scored early and often jumping out to a commanding

41-25 lead in the first half. HPU finished the half shooting 50 percent (15-30) from the floor including 45.5 percent (5-11) from three-point range.

With the 15 point halftime lead the HPU starters would play sparingly in the second half as 12 different Sea Warriors registered double-digit minutes. Freshman Veanne Navarro came off the bench to finish with 10 points on four of five shooting while Shianne Solomon came off the bench to add eight.

Senior Melody Ladrido scored 12 points in the final regular season game of her career and commented about her team securing the number one seed in the inaugural PacWest tournament, "We played really well tonight and are happy about the seed, but we are still getting better.

We haven't peaked yet. Our season is not over."

Head Coach Reid Takatsuka shared a similar sentiment, "The number one seed is nice, and I am extremely proud of our team, but we are taking it one game at a time."

With the first round bye, the Sea Warriors will take the first day of the PacWest tournament off and await the winner of the #4/#5 matchup.

The Sea Warriors are scheduled to tip on Friday, March 8th at 3:00 PM PST.