NORTHRIDGE, Calif.-The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team fell to CSUN, 53-46 on Saturday afternoon. Hawai'i falls to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in the Big West, while the Matadors improved to 11-5 overall and evened its conference record at 1-1.
UH freshman Megan Huff made the most of her first career start as a Rainbow Wahine basketball player. In just her fourth basketball game after finishing the women's volleyball season, the two-sport athlete led the 'Bows with 15 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. She shot 6-of-14 from the floor and was 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Huff had four offensive and five defensive rebounds in the game. It was the first time a UH player has had five blocks since Breanna Arbuckle swatted five against Kent State on Dec. 29, 2009.
Shawlina Segovia came off the bench to score nine points with five rebounds and a steal and Morgan Mason was third on the team with six points with an assist and a rebound.
In the first half, Huff made her presence known early, blocking four shots-three in the first four minutes- with four rebounds and a team-high five points. It was the first game which UH's "twin towers" -the 6-3 Huff and the 6-4 Connie Morris started a game together. Hawai'i started out fast, jumping out to an 8-1 lead with 15:16 left in the half. UH's defense did not allow the Matadors to score a field goal until the 14:07 mark. But that first basket would spark CSUN who then went on a 9-to-0 run to take a 10-8 lead with 11 minutes on the clock. The game would be knotted three more times in the first half, the last time coming with 6:56 left. CSUN would control the lead for the rest of the game. The first half ended with the Matadors leading 24-19.
CSUN started the second half on a roll with a 10-to-3 run to lead by 12 as Hawai'i struggled to get going on offense. UH missed their first eight field goal attempts, but Mason was finally able to score a basket with 10:29 left in the game. The 'Bows would trim their deficit down to five points on back-to-back layups by Segovia and Huff to trail 36-31 with 7:46 on the clock. But that would be as close as UH would get as the Matadors went on to extend their lead to as much as 15 points with three minutes left. Hawai'i made things interesting late in the game, with Huff and Mason making layups with under a minute left to cut CSUN's lead to seven points, but UH was unable to get any closer down the stretch.
For the second straight game, Hawai'i was without the services of leading scorer/rebounder Shawna-Lei Kuehu and Sarah Toeaina.
On offense, Hawai'i shot a season low 28.3% from the floor (17-for-60) and were 1-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arch for a 7.7%. CSUN out-rebounded UH, 50-to-37 and outscored the 'Bows in the paint, 29-to-20. UH tied their season-high with seven blocked shots but scored a season-low 46 points for the game.
Hawai'i will now return home to host UC Riverside on Jan. 17 at 5:00 p.m.
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