HONOLULU-The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team avenged their early season loss at CSUN with a solid, wire-to-wire, 64-49 win over the Matadors on Saturday night. Hawai'i used a 12-to-0 run that ended the first half to propel them into the second half where led by as many as 22 points. Destiny King led all scorers with 15 points-her fifth straight game in double digits-while Megan Huff recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Hawai'i jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, but CSUN responded on a 6-0 run of their own to cut their deficit one point at 12-11 with 1:27 left in the half. But Hawai`i fend off the Matadors and eventually finished the half on a 12-to-0 run while the Rainbow Wahine defense shut CSUN down as they shot 0-for-11 to finish the half. UH took a 16 point lead into the break, 35-19. In the second half, Hawai'i's defense remained locked in while the offense kept scoring to keep the Matadors at bay with a double-digit lead the entire half.
Hawai'i's defense buckled down to hold the Matadors to 17.7 points below their overall season average. UH held the reigning Big West Player of the Week and defending Player of the Year, Ashlee Guay to just six points-her second lowest point total of the year-nine points below her season average. The Rainbow Wahine dominated on the glass, out-rebounding CSUN 54-to-34. The 54 rebounds tied the team's season high set in the opener at Colorado State. UH outscored CSUN, 34-to-20 in the paint and 12-to-8 in second chance points.
King led UH in scoring for the fifth time this season. She has tallied double-digits in points in six of UH's seven conference games. She shot 3-for-11 from the floor and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. The nine made free throws are a career-high for the junior from Long Beach, Calif.
Huff shot 4-of-7 in field goals and was 3-for-3 from the charity stripe for her 11 points. She also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and tied her career-high with five blocked shots which she set in UH's first game against the Matadors.
Ashleigh Karaitiana added 10 points with two rebounds and two assists.
CSUN's Janae Sharpe led the Matadors with 14 points and Jasmine Johnson had a team-high six rebounds.
Hawai'i continues their four-game conference homestand on Thursday, Feb. 5 against UC Santa Barbara.