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Women's Hoops Drops Heartbreaker To UCR

Women's Hoops Drops Heartbreaker To UCR

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HONOLULU - The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team fell to UC Riverside, 77-74, Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, dropping to a 9-8, 2-2 Big West record. The defeat ends the Rainbow Wahine's 16-game home conference winning streak, and is UH's first loss to the Highlanders in program history.
 
Despite a hard battle to the end and a solid effort from the field (29-62-.468 FG%) and out-rebounding the Highlanders 33-31, the Rainbow Wahine fell just short of UCR (11-7, 4-0 BWC) after suffering a few small missteps. The Highlanders boasted a 90% free throw percentage, going 18-20 at the line, forcing 14 UH turnovers and grabbing seven steals.
 
UCR's Brittany Crain tallied a game-high 31 points, and five rebounds, but UH senior Destiny King challenged the Big West favorite, leading the 'Bows with a career-high 24 points, going nine-for-17 from the field, and added six rebounds. 
 
The Rainbow Wahine opened the game with a clean first quarter with just one turnover, shooting 50% from the field, and holding the Highlanders to no offensive boards, while out-rebounding them 8-6. After wrapping up the period with a 19-14 lead, UH ran into a short drought at the start of the second quarter as UCR climbed back with an 8-2 run to steal the lead, 23-21.
 
Throughout the period, the 'Bows struggled with seven turnovers in the quarter alone and sent the Highlanders to free throw line nine times, giving away eight points to UCR. However, freshman Olivia Crawford (13 points, eight rebounds, 4-7 3pt FGs) drained three treys in just under six minutes, fueling a late surge for the Rainbow Wahine, who were able to reclaim a 36-34 lead.
 
Out of intermission, UH pulled off an explosive 7-0 run to extend to a 43-36 lead but UCR quickly climbed back to tie it off of a 10-5 run to knot it up at 48. After the 'Bows answered with six unanswered points, UCR responded with three-straight buckets, Brittany Crain draining a deep three at the buzzer to give the Highlanders a 55-54 advantage going into the fourth.
 
In an intense final quarter, both teams matched run-for-run, tying it four times with eight lead changes. With UCR holding an advantage with just 11 seconds left, the Rainbow Wahine were able to cut the deficit down to just one-point after Briana Harris hit a three-pointer, but just couldn't recover after Crain sealed it for the Highlanders going two-for-two at the free throw line shortly after.
 
Prior to the UC Riverside contest, the Rainbow Wahine hosted an Alumnae game, with nine former UH players split up into two teams for a three-on-three, 30-minute half court match-up. The Green team took the game, 35-33, with 2015 graduate Shawlina Segovia leading the squad with 14 points. Meanwhile, for White, 2008 graduate Amy Kotani posted a team-high seven points. Other participants included Courtney Gaddis (2008-12), Sabrina McKenna (1974-78), Diane Moore (2012-14), Shelley Fey (1976-78), Brittney Yim (2003-06), Lynette Liu (1982-85), and Shawna-Lei Kuehu (2009-15). Also in attendance were Lisa Mann (1985, 1987-89) and Nani Cockett (1994-98).
 
Next, the Rainbow Wahine travel to UC Irvine, Jan. 21 and to CSUN for a conference rematch, Jan. 23 before returning home to host CS Fullerton, Jan. 28.

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