Rainbow Wahine hoops team tabbed to finish 2nd in Big West
Hawaii finished 17-14 last season
IRVINE, Calif.-The University of Hawaii`i women's basketball team was picked to finished second in this year's Big West preseason poll while Shawna-Lei Kuehu was voted to the BWC Media Pre-Season All-Conference team.
The Rainbow Wahine, who were also picked second in last season's preseason poll, has finished in third place the last two seasons. Leading the Hawaii`i charge is sixth-year senior, Kuehu, who was a second team All-Big West pick a year ago. The guard/forward averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while appearing in all 31 contests for UH. Fellow senior, Ashleigh Karaitiana also returns this season after earning "Sixth Player of the Year" conference honors as a junior. Karaitiana was second on the team averaging 10.4 points per game while leading the 'Bows with 39 3-pointers made. Junior Destiny King looks to build on a breakout sophomore campaign after averaging 8.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists. King was a key contributor during conference play, upping her stats to 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.1 minutes.
After sweeping last season's regular season and tournament titles, CSUN was the media favorite to repeat in 2014-15. The Matadors gained 13 first place votes and 125 points overall for the first place nod. Hawaii'i checked in behind the defending champions with 101 points and the remaining first place vote. Back-to-back Tournament finalist Cal Poly was third with 99 points, while UC Davis wrapped up the top half of the poll with 83 points for fourth place.
The media panel also selected a six-player preseason all-conference team comprised of five seniors and one junior. Elegado, Guay, Fipps and Kuehu lead the senior contingent, joined by CSUN's Janae Sharpe. The lone non-senior of the group is last season's scoring champion, UC Riverside's Brittany Crain.