HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team finished in second place at the 2015 Bank of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Classic after falling to Washington State (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12), 62-52 on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Handed its' first loss of the season, UH drops to a 3-1, 0-0 Big West record.
Despite remaining close behind the Cougars throughout the game, UH's offense faltered under an aggressive WSU defense. The 'Bows shot at a season-low .286 from the field (16-56), committing 23 turnovers – 21 of which the Cougars, who collected 14 steals, were able to score off of.
UH tied it four times throughout the first half and took its first lead of the night after freshman Olivia Crawford and junior Briana Harris hit back-to-back treys, igniting an 11-1 run for an eight-point edge over the Cougars, 25-21. But as the clock wound down, WSU answered back with an explosive 10-1 run, taking the lead back 32-31 by halftime. Harris lit up the scoreboard for the Rainbow Wahine with a game-high 19 points (5-13 FGs), including three three-pointers, nine rebounds, four assists, and one block.
In the second half, UH saw key players Kalei Adolpho (six points, nine rebounds), Connie Morris (seven points, six rebounds), Destiny King, Marissa Wimbley, and Sarah Toeaina (seven points, 5-5 FTs) get into foul trouble. Despite remaining on the Cougars' tail throughout the third quarter, the 'Bows fell behind in the fourth as WSU finished off with a 12-6 run for the win.
Despite a messy offensive night, UH still managed to out-rebound WSU, 45-39, grabbing 14 second-chance points.
WSU's Borislava Hristova, (16-pts) was named the 2015 Bank of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Classic Most Valuable Player along with Dawnyelle Awa (16-points, two rebounds, five steals), who was named to the all-tournament team. From UH, Morris and Harris were named to the all-tournament team, while Nyasha LeSure represented Nevada and Sophie Taylor represented Loyola Marymount.
UH is set to host the 2015 Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown, Nov. 27-29. Nationally ranked South Carolina, along with CSU Bakersfield and Arizona State will make up the high-caliber three-day tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.