Hawaii throttles UC-Irvine to end road trip undefeated
UH is 11-7 this season
IRVINE, Calif.-The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team overpowered UC Irvine, 85-50 at the Bren Center on Saturday afternoon. Marissa Wimbley came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points to lead a total of five UH players in double-figures. Hawai'i never trailed in the game and the 85 total points tied the team's season-high against a DI opponent. Hawai`i improved to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the Big West while UC Irvine fell to 3-17 overall and 0-5 in conference.
The game was close early on with three ties, the final tie coming at 8-8 with 15:22 left in the half. Hawai'i then exploded for a 20-to-3 run from which the Anteaters could never recover from. The 'Bows took a 35-20 lead into halftime. In the second half, Hawai'i wasted no time scoring five quick points on a Connie Morris jumper and a 3-pointer drilled by Morgan Mason. A little later, UH would go on a 15-to-4 run to take a 55-28 lead with 13:29 left on the clock. Hawaii led by as much as 35 points in the second half with 2:32 left in the game.
UH made 10 3-pointers-which is the most since the 'Bows sank 10 against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 23, 2003 in a 64-59 loss in Honolulu. Hawai'i shot 10-of-20 from beyond the 3-point arc for it's highest percentage of the season. The Rainbow Wahine out-rebounded UC Irvine 53-32-the largest margin (+21) since last year's game at UC Riverside when the 'Bows pulled down 25 more boards than the Highlanders on the road. All 12 players who made the trip got into the game and all but one scored at least one point. All but one UH player had at least two rebounds as well. Hawai'i dominated in the post, outscoring UC Irvine 32-to-18 in the paint and in points coming from the reserve players, 37-to-16. It is the second time this season that the Rainbow Wahine have won both games on a roadtrip.
Wimbley led Hawai'i in scoring for the first time in her career. She was on fire, making 4-of-5 shots from the floor for a career high in field goals made. She was also 3-of-4 from behind the arch-a career-high as well. Wimbley shot 2-for-2 from the free throw line and corralled two rebounds with two assists and two steals in just 17 minutes of action.
Morgan Mason started the game slowly, shooting 0-for-7 in the first half, but lit it up in the second half to record 12 points-nine of which came on 3-for-3 long-range sharp-shooting from 3-point-land. Mason finished the game with three rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal.
Destiny King, Briana Harris and Connie Morris all scored 11 points apiece. King scored all of her points in the first half and for the game shot 5-of-7 in field goals with a trey to go with three boards and four assists. It was the 11th time this season that King has scored at least 10 points. Morris led UH with seven rebounds to tie her career-high and shot 4-of-7 in field goals and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe for her 11 points. She also had two assists and a blocked shot in the game. Harris, like Wimbley, was 4-of-5 overall and 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. She contributed with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
UC Irvine was led by Mokun Fajemisin who scored 16 points with five rebounds. Irene Chavez added 13 points--nine of which came from the free throw line.
Hawai'i returns for a four-game conference homestand starting with league-leader Long Beach State on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH will then take on CSUN in an rematch on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 5:00 p.m. following the Rainbow Wahine's annual Alumnae Game which begins at 2:00 p.m. Late UH great Judy Mosley's jersey will be retired during the game.