Rainbow Wahine hoops team secures top seed in Big West tourney

Rainbow Wahine hoops team secures top seed in Big West tourney

HONOLULU-The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team rolled to its 14th straight victory with a 61-38 win over Cal State Fullerton (11-18, -5-11 Big West) on Senior Night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai'i-the 2015 Big West Conference regular-season champion-improved to 22-7 overall and 14-2 in conference. Briana Harris and Dalayna Sampton led UH's balanced scoring attack with 10 points apiece off the bench in front of 4,340-the largest crowd of the season.

Hawai'i finished a perfect 8-0 in conference at home and extended its home conference win-streak to 15 dating back to last season. UH's 14-game win streak is the longest during head coach Laura Beeman's three-year tenure. It is also the longest since UH won 19-straight games under then head coach Vince Goo in 1997-98.

The Rainbow Wahine finished the first half on a 10-to-0 run and took a 17-point lead into halftime. Coming out of the half, UH scored seven-straight points to start with and then extended their lead to as many as 26 points in the second half, 45-19 with 14:48 left in the game.  Hawai'i's defense stifled the Titans, holding them without a field goal for over 12 minutes during a span covering the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.

Hawai'i shot 46.0% from the floor (23-for-50) while Fullerton was held to 27.9% shooting. The 'Bows also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Fullerton 36-to-26 and outscoring them in the paint, 28-to-16.

Harris was 4-of-5 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers. She also pulled down four rebounds with two assists and a team-high three steals. Sampton was 3-for-3 in field goals and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She chipped in with three rebounds. Marissa Wimbley led UH on the boards with five rebounds.

After the game ended, the Senior Night festivities began. Shawlina Segovia, Morgan Mason, Ashleigh Karaitiana and Shawna-Lei Kuehu were all honored after they all played their final home game. Mason, who had missed the last three gamed due to injury, got her final home start of her career. She got the ball off the tip and then a timeout was called so she could come out of the game.

Hawai'i now heads to the Big West Conference Tournament  as the top-seed. UH has a double-bye and will play the lowest remaining seeded team at 12:00 pm (PT) on Friday, March 13 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.