The University of Hawai'i
women's basketball team bounced back and showed its resiliency after a tough
loss at Arizona State to hold off Northern Arizona on Sunday, 74-66. The
see-saw game had eight ties and 14 lead changes, but mid-way through the second
half, Hawai'i seized the lead with 10 minutes left and never looked back. The
'Bows stayed strong down the stretch, hitting 9-of-10 free throws in the last
minute and a half to seal the win in at the Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff,
Four Rainbow Wahine recorded double-digits in points, led by Kamilah Jackson who scored 17 points—12 of which came in the second half. She was 7-of-14 from the floor—including a trey—as well as 2-for-3 at the free throw line. She was two rebounds shy of a double-double, but she also had a team-high three steals and an assist.
Sydney Haydel came through offensively, pouring in 15 points while hitting a career-high seven free throws in seven attempts. Both Morgan Mason and Destiny King added 10 points apiece and both hit key free throws down the homestretch. Mason was steady at the point, playing 32 minutes with five rebounds, two assists and a block while King had six rebounds and four assists.
Ashleigh Karaitiana sparked the 'Bows off the bench, scoring eight points—including a trey at the first half buzzer to bring UH to within a point going into the break 33-32, and another 3-pointer with 11 minutes left in the game for the final tie, at 47-47 that led to UH's solid play to end the game. Karaitiana also had six rebounds and a team-high five assists. She also drew three offensive fouls while on defense.
As a team, Hawai'i shot 41.7% from the floor and was 5-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arch. The 'Bows committed just 14 turnovers, while forcing the Lumberjacks into 18 miscues which directly led to 22 UH points. Hawai'i also outscored NAU, 18-to-11 in second chance points and 27-to-14 in bench scoring. Both UH and NAU were even in rebounds with 37 apiece.
Late in the game, UH went on a key 8-to-0 run fueled by two Jackson layups and two free throws and a layup by King that gave the 'Bows a nine point lead—its largest of the game. Northern Arizona never recovered from that run and never got closer than four points.
In crunch time, with less than 1:13 left in the game, Haydel, King, Kuehu, and Mason all made free throws to seal the win. Haydel sunk four; King and Mason hit two each and Kuehu made 1-of-2 to close out the win.
Northern Arizona's Amanda Frost led all scorers with 24 points--including four treys while Erikka Banks had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Hawai'i returns home to host the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. Washington State, Mississippi, and West Virginia will all be competing in the tourney with Hawai'i that runs from Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17.
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