Wahine hoopsters defend way to double-digit win over Gauchos

Wahine hoopsters defend way to double-digit win over Gauchos

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii basketball team held visiting U.C. Santa Barbara to just 25 percent shooting on Thursday, and the Wahine defeated the Gauchos, 59-45, at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Despite committing 19 turnovers and allowing 15 points as a direct result of them, Hawaii limited UCSB to 13-52 shooting from the floor, including a 1-12 effort from three point range.

"We don't need focus or energy to play defense. That's just what we do," said Rainbow Wahine head basketball coach Laura Beeman. "And we do it well. They shot 8 percent from three and 25 percent from the floor. That's not too shabby. And when we're struggling offensively, we need our defense to show up."

Junior guard Briana Harris led Hawaii offensively, scoring a game-high 15 points. Destiny King, who will be among those celebrated on Saturday during senior-night festivities, added 13 for the 'Bows.

The victory comes five days after the Wahine's seven-game winning streak was snapped on the road by U.C. Riverside. Hawaii and Long Beach State each hold 11-4 records in Big West Conference play.

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