Rainbow Wahine basketball team stays undefeated on the road
UH is 3-0 away from Hawaii
LOS ANGELES, Calif.-The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team (6-4, 0-0 Big West) sank 17 of their last 19 free throw attempts in the last 3:06 minutes of the game to lift the 'Bows to a 85-76 win at Loyola Marymount. Hawai'i came back from being six points with five minutes left to finish the game on a 21-to-6 run to defeat the Lions at the Gersten Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Morgan Mason scored a team-high 19 points to lead five Rainbow Wahine in double figures while Shawlina Segovia pulled down a career-high eight rebounds. Hawai'i improved to 6-4 overall and is now 3-0 on the road for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Mason was an efficient 4-for-5 from the floor and 11-of-14 from the free throw line to lead Hawai'i. She made 9-of-12 free throws in the final 1:25 of the game to help put the game away. She also had four rebounds and two assists in just 19 minutes of action due to early foul trouble.
Three Rainbow Wahine-Ashleigh Karaitiana, Destiny King, and Dalayna Sampton all tallied 12 points and Segovia added 11. Karaitiana was just 2-for-12 in field goals, but went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to keep her streak of double-digit point games alive at 10. She has scored at least 10 points in all of UH's games thus far this season. King was 4-of-9 in field goals and a perfect 4-of-4 in free throws with six boards, two assists and three steals. King was fouled with the game tied at 70-70 with 1:49 left and gave UH the lead for good by sinking a pair of free throws that helped turn the tide. Sampton came from off the bench to record her second-straight game with double-digit points with 12. She went 6-for-9 while corralling six rebounds with a steal.
Hawai'i jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead to start the game and maintained the lead as the team weathered early foul trouble. But with 7:52 left in the first half, LMU's Deanna Johnson hit a layup that capped 10-to-0 LMU run that knotted the game at 20-20. That would spark a Hawai'i 14-to-1 run that gave them a 14-point lead (39-25) with 2:56 left. The Rainbow Wahine would take a 45-33 lead into halftime.
Loyola Marymount, however, battled back in the second half as they held UH off the scoreboard for four minutes as the Lions swung back with a 9-to-0 run that was snapped by a King jumper with 13:31 left in the game. LMU would eventually catch and overtake Hawai'i, building their lead to as much as six points with 5:14 left on the clock. But, the 'Bows had one last run in them, closing the game by outscoring LMU, 21-to-6-including 17 made free throws in the last three minutes.
Hawai'i posted a 45.0% field goal for the game and out-rebounded LMU, 47-to-35. The 'Bows edged the Lions 38-to-36 in points in the paint and UH's reserves outscored their counterparts, 25-to 18. But Loyola Marymount outscored UH in points off of turnovers, 14-to-7 and had just 14 turnovers to UH's 18.
Hawai'i remains on the road for one more game before Christmas at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 1:00 p.m.