The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team rolled to its seventh-straight win with a 70-50 victory over Cal State Fullerton at Titan Gym on Thursday night. It was a solid team win for the Rainbow Wahine, but the game was highlighted by senior Destiny King scoring 11 points to become just the 20th Rainbow Wahine in history to score over 1,000 career points while fellow senior Ashleigh Karaitiana led UH with 17 points—including a season-high five treys to pass UH-great Nani Cockett for sole possession of No. 2 in the record books in career 3-pointers made. Briana Harris and Megan Huff both came off the bench to spark Hawai'i with 11 and 10 points respectively.
UH improved to 17-9 overall and remains in second place along with a 10-3 record in conference play. Cal State Fullerton fell to 3-28 overall and 1-13 in the Big West.
King had a strong all-around game with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and going 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also added five rebounds, an assist and two steals. It marked the 14th time this season that King has scored in double-figures—including in four of the last five games. She needed 10 points at the start of the game to hit 1,000.
Karaitiana was on fire from the outside, draining five 3-pointers to tie her season-high. She was 5-of-10 in field goals with all five baskets coming from beyond the arch. She also made 2-of-4 free throws in the game. Karaitiana is now ranked alone at No. 2 in 3-pointers made in the UH record books with a total of 132, passing Cockett's 128 made in her illustrious four-year UH career. Megan Tinnin is UH's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 167. Karaitiana, who earlier this season became the 19th member UH's 1,000 point club, is now up to 1,118 career points.
The Rainbow Wahine got off to a solid start, doubling up on the Titans in the opening period, 16-8. The 'Bows again doubled up on Cal State Fullerton in the second quarter, 20-10 to take a 36-18 lead into half time. Hawai'i led by as many as 27 points with 4:41 left in the game as UH cruised to its second-straight win by a 70-50 margin of victory.
All 13 Rainbow Wahine played in the game and all 13 had at least one rebound. UH edged out CSF on the glass, 33-to-32, but UH's bench outscored CSF's reserves, 37-to-12 and UH had a 24-to-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Next up for the Rainbow Wahine is first place UC Riverside on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Earlier this season, the Highlanders defeated the 'Bows in Hoonlulu, 77-74 on Jan. 16. UC Riverside is undefeated in conference action with a 13-0 record. They are 20-7 overall.
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