Rainbow Wahine hoops team pushes win streak to 13 games

Rainbow Wahine hoops team pushes win streak to 13 games

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team extended its win streak to 13 games following a 60-36 rout of UC Santa Barbara, Thursday in a Big West Conference match-up at The Thunderdome.

The Rainbow Wahine (21-7, 13-2 BWC) used 14-0 runs in the first and second halves to win on the road for the sixth straight time. With the win, UH also eliminated the Gauchos (2-26, 2-13) from next week's BW Tournament.

UH completely dominated the second half, out-scoring UCSB, 30-13.  After the Gauchos scored the first five points of the half, the 'Bows took over, scoring 14 unanswered during a 24-2 run over a 12:36 stretch. Hawai'i increased its lead from 30-28 to 54-30 and the rout was on with just over 5:00 to play.

Destiny King led the Rainbow Wahine with 11 points and nine rebounds while Dalayna Sampton and Connie Morris each chipped in with nine points. Shawna-Lei Kuehu and Megan Huff added eight points each as nine of the 11 players suited up scored for Hawai'i.

Senior Ashleigh Karaitiana missed her first career game due to precautionary reasons.

As a team, the Rainbow Wahine shot 45.8 percent from the field - despite missing all four of its 3-point attempts - and dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Gauchos 41-27.

UH started off slow in the first half, trailing 20-16 at the midway point. But that's when its defense kicked in, holding the Gauchos scoreless during a seven-minute stretch while out-scoring UCSB 14-0 for a 30-20 lead. The 'Bows held a 30-23 lead at halftime.

The Rainbow Wahine return to Honolulu to close out the regular season against Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, March 7. It will be the final home game for seniors Kuehu, Karaitiana, Shawlina Segovia, and Morgan Mason. Fans are encouraged to wear white as Saturday's home game is a White Out Game. Fans are also encouraged to donate their new or used sneakers as the team is running a sneaker drive for the Youth Outreach program which helps homeless youth on O'ahu.