Rainbow Wahine hoopsters win big on Senior Night

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team sent its seniors out in style with a 73-60 win over UC Santa Barbara on Senior Night at the Stan Sheriff Center.  UH improved to 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the Big West.

With the win, UH moved into a tie for second place in the Big West with idle Cal Poly.  It was the team's fifth win in the last six games and seventh in eight Big West home games this year. It was also the sixth straight year that UH won on Senior Night.

Seniors Diane Moore, Sydney Haydell, Pua Kailiawa and Kamilah Jackson were honored following the game after making their final home appearances. Jackson sat out for the fifth straight game due to injury,  but the senior was honored following the game as one of the top players in program history.

Making just her second start of the year, Moore made her Senior Night a sweet one by pouring in career high 17 points, while adding four rebounds and two steals.  Ashleigh Karaitiana also scored 17 points, while Morgan Mason added 16 points off the bench.

Melissa Zoring led UCSB (9-20, 5-11 BWC) with 28 points.

UH got off to a slow start but started to take control midway through the first half when they went on a 17-4 run that put them up by a dozen.  It was all about hustle in the first half for the Rainbow Wahine who grabbed 11 offensive boards. Nearly half of UH's first-half output eventually came off second-chance points (16) as the 'Bows took a 35-21 lead into the locker room.

UH held control for most of the second half leading by double-digits most of the way. UCSB cut the deficit to 64-57 with 3:30 remaining, but UH shut the door on the Gauchos with five straight points to extend its lead to 12 points with just over two minutes left.

The Rainbow Wahine will conclude the regular-season on the road with a game at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, March 8. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. HT.