IRVINE, Calif. (HawaiiAthletics) -Three University of Hawai'i women's basketball players earned Big West honors which were announced on Monday by the conference office. Senior forward Kamilah Jackson and guard/forward Shawna-Lei Kuehu both were named to the All-Big West second team while Ashleigh Karaitiana was named the league's Sixth Player of the Year.
Jackson, a 5-11 forward from Oakland, Calif., started Hawai'i's first 22 games before an injury has kept her off the court the last five games. Jackson however continues to lead UH averaging 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds overall this season. In 10 conference games, she also led the 'Bows averaging 14.1 points and 9.4 boards a game. Jackson, the most decorated player in recent history, is just the second player in the UH record books to reach the 1,000 point/1,000 rebound club and just the second player to lead Hawai'i in points and rebounds all four years of her career. Jackson is ranked in the top 10 amongst the NCAA career leaders in rebounds and rebound average, and she is in the Top 20 in free throws made and attempted. A double-double machine, Jackson recorded 12 this season and has 55 double-doubles in her career and this season.
Kuehu, a versatile utility player, is second on the squad averaging 10.6 points per game with team-highs in blocked shots (23) and steals (28). She also finished the regular season second on the team with 50 assists and fourth with 4.1 rebounds a game.
Last season, Karaitiana was selected to the Big West's all-freshman team and like Kuehu, earned honorable mention honors. Karaitiana has appeared in all 28 games with just nine starts--eight non-conference games and one BWC game this season. The Hamilton, New Zealand-native is third on the team averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She leads UH with 32 made 3-pointers in 87 attempts for a .368 field-goal percentage from beyond the arch.
Hawai'i finished its regular season with a 16-12 overall record and a 10-6 record in conference. The 'Bows earn a first round bye as the No. 3 seed and will face the lowest remaining seed standing following Tuesday's games between No. 5 UC Davis vs. No. 8 UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 Long Beach State vs. No. 7 Cal State Fullerton. Hawai`i will play t 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12. The game will be aired on ESPN3. The first two rounds will be played at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid. The semi-final and championship game will be played at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.