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Rainbow Wahine hoops team preaches 'process' to open 2015 season

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team opened the 2015 season at practice on Monday. The Rainbow Wahine basketball team opened the 2015 season at practice on Monday.
Rainbow Wahine head coach Laura Beeman Rainbow Wahine head coach Laura Beeman
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Nearly seven months removed from a disappointing loss to Cal State Northridge in last year's Big West conference championship game, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team is anxious for a return trip... They just know it's not going to be an easy road. 

"You know, we always talk about our season as a journey, not a destination," University of Hawaii head coach Laura Beeman said Monday evening, minutes before the Rainbow Wahine held their first practice of the 2015 regular season. "What we have to do is really focus on that journey."

During the 2014-2015 regular season, the Rainbow Wahine's journey included a remarkable 15-game winning streak that stretched into the postseason, but a 67-60 loss to the Matadors with a conference title on the line ended that streak.

"Eventually, you have to let things go," Beeman said. "It was a great place for us to be, year three, to be in the championship. We all felt like we should've won, so definitely we're playing with a bit of a chip on our shoulder."

While the Wahine may play games once the season starts with a chip on their shoulder, Coach Beeman stressed Monday that the team also needed to practice with one, telling her team that success in the spring begins with focus in the fall. 

"We have to focus really on tonight's practice, every possesion, and not let it slip out of our mouths 'This isn't what a championship team looks like,'" Beeman said. "That's where it's gotta stop."

Over and over on Monday, Rainbow Wahine players and coaches used the word "process" to define the method in which they planned to return to the Big West championship. 

"Coach is gonna continually tell us 'It's a process.' We're not worried about the end result right now," senior guard Ashleigh Karaitiana said. "It's the process of us getting better each and every day and taking it one game at a time."

The Rainbow Wahine have lots of time before being able to get better one game at a time; they'll practice against each other until an exhibition against U.H. Hilo on October 28.

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