University of Hawaii women's basketball team fell in its first overtime game
of the season to Colorado State, 65-60 to open the Waikiki Beach Marriott
Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Hawai'i's record falls to 3-3 on the season while the
Rams improved to 4-1 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hawai'i had three players score in double-figures, led by Kamilah Jackson's 17. Shawna-Lei Kuehu added 13 and Ashleigh Karaitiana chipped in 10. Jackson recorded her fourth-straight double-double of the season as she corralled a game-high and a season-high 16 rebounds, but it was not enough to knock off the Rams.
Jackson shot 5-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She helped the 'Bows to out-rebound Colorado State, 50-to-45—which included a team season-high 20 offensive boards. Unfortunately, UH was able to convert those offensive rebounds into just nine points in the game. Also crashing the glass hard for UH were Sydney Haydel and Destiny King who both had career-highs with eight rebounds apiece. Haydel had four offensive and four defensive rebounds and played a team-high 36 minutes. King had two offensive and six defensive boards. Haydel also contributed four points, two assists and a steal with King scoring five points with two assists and a steal.
Kuehu posted a solid stat line for the game, blocking two shots with three steals to go with her 13 points. She continues to lead the 'Bows in blocked shots, averaging a little over one a game. Karaitiana recorded double-digit points for the third time of the season. She tied her career-high sinking a pair of treys in the second half. The second 3-pointer tied the game at 41-41 with 6:41 left in the game.
The game saw eight ties but just two lead changes. In the first half, both teams struggled offensively. UH shot just 21.4% in field goals (6-of-28) and CSU made just 23.3% (7-of-30) in the first 20 minutes of the game. Going into the break, King led the 'Bows with five points and Jackson led all players with six rebounds.
Colorado State led early in the game, building an eight point lead in the first half, 12-4 with 12:59 left on the clock. But the 'Bows would scratch their way back on a 13-to-3 run to take their first lead of the game, 18-15 on a clutch Haydel trey from the corner. UH's defense did not allow CSU to score a field goal for 11:05 minutes down the stretch of the first half between the 12:59-1:54 mark. But Colorado State was able to make seven-of-eight free throws during that span to keep them in the game. After the 'Bows worked so hard to take the lead, it was the Rams who went into the break with momentum as they scored on a jumper by Alicia Nichols and a 3-pointer by Caitlin Duffy to give themselves a five point lead going into halftime, 24-19.
In the second half, both sides picked up the intensity. Kuehu hit a pair of free throws and then she stole the ball and scored on a jumper to cut their deficit to just two points. But, CSU would maintain a lead throughout much of the second half. Hawai'i found themselves trailing by eight points, 31-39 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The 'Bows would then mount their comeback as they went on a 10-to-2 run from that point. During that span, Jackson hit two jumpers; Kuehu sank two free throws, Briana Harris got one free throw to fall and Karaitiana hit a trey to knot the game at 41-41 with 6:41 left in the game.
The game would be tied three more times as the second half wound down, but UH was never able to regain the lead again for the rest of the game. Harris scored on a layup with 14-seconds left to tie the game at 52-52 and Colorado State had a chance to win with 0.8 seconds left on the clock and Ellen Nystrom at the line. But Nystrom missed both free throws to force the game into overtime.
In the extra session, the Rams staggered the 'Bows with a long-range 3-pointer by CSU's AJ Newton to give them a 55-52 lead. Colorado State was able to hold off Hawai'i the rest of the way, scoring 13 points on 3-of-4 field-goal shooting and draining 6-of-6 free throws in crunch time.
For the game, Colorado State had the advantage in the paint, outscoring UH, 28-to-22 and in bench scoring, 19-to-15. But Hawai'i—who had a season-low 13 turnovers—outscored CSU 14-to-9 in points off of miscues and in second chance points 9-to-6.
The overtime loss, snapped a
three-game overtime win streak dating back to the 2012-13 season. UH's last OT
loss came against Louisiana Tech at home, 69-74 on Jan. 8, 2011. Later that
season, UH defeated Utah State 72-71 on Senior Night, March 3, 2011. Last
season, the 'Bows won both of their OT games against Cincinnati (Dec. 29, 2012)
and Pacific (Feb. 16).
Hawai'i continues play in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Saturday when they face Chattanooga (4-2, 0-0 Southern) at 2:30 p.m.
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