The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team defeated San Jose State, 76-73 on Tuesday afternoon at the Event Center in San Jose, Calif. UH improves to a 6-5, 0-0 Big West record.
The Spartans (2-9, 0-0 Mountain West) put up a tough fight against the Rainbow Wahine throughout the entire game, but UH triumphed across the board and notably cut down on turnovers with a season-low 11, just two days after committing a season-high 34 at Sacramento State.
Junior Briana Harris came off the bench to lead the 'Bows with a season-high 20 points and matched her career-high five treys (5-10, .500 3pt FG%). Senior Kalei Adolpho had also breakthrough performance, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds for just the second double-double of her career and second for the team this season.
In a close game of runs, the 'Bows came out on top after cleaning up their number of turnovers, hitting 12-for-20 free throw opportunities (.600 FT%), and out-rebounding the Spartans, 43-35.
While UH had the hot hand from three-point range (8-21-.381 3pt FG%), so did SJSU (5-15-.333 3pt FG%). The Spartans opened the game strong with Myzhanique Ladd and Dezz Ramos sinking back-to-back treys for a 12-5 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Bows' quickly responded with two-straight three pointers of their own by Harris and Ashleigh Karaitiana (11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals) and sparked a 10-1 run to steal the lead. In the last second of play however, Ramos tied it at 18 for SJSU going 3-3 at the free throw line.
The Spartans remained one step ahead of the 'Bows to start the second period, but UH ignited a 12-4 run to reclaim the lead. Neck-and-neck until the end, the 'Bows reached for a 34-30 advantage at the halftime buzzer after a layup by Harris with 13 seconds on the clock.
Out of intermission, UH kicked off the third quarter with a solid 10-4 run, but the Spartans soon recovered from their field goal drought and ended the period tying it at 51 off of four unanswered points topped off with a three-pointer from Ladd.
Harris led the 'Bows through a triumphant final quarter with three treys, netting a pair in just the first three minutes. UH took its largest lead of the game, 73-65 with less than minute remaining and despite the Spartans' threatening late run, the Rainbow Wahine held on for the win.
UH next faces CSU Bakersfield, Jan. 30 in Bakersfield, Calif. before returning home to host Pennsylvania, Jan. 2.
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