HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The six seniors on this year's Rainbow Wahine basketball team will forever remember their final game at the Stan Sheriff Center as a win.
Hawaii defeated Cal Poly 68-47 in its home finale on Saturday, with credit due once again to the 'Bows effort on defense; for the second straight game, UH held an opponent to 25 percent shooting or worse, limiting the Mustangs to 14-of-59 from the floor.
Coach Laura Beeman says the 'Bows still have room for improvement.
"We have to clean up the consistency, we have to clean up taking care of the ball," Beeman said. "Better shot selection. But our defense is starting to really rise. Just a lot of confidence."
Senior guard Destiny King scored 9 points but notched a game-high 12 rebounds.
With the double-digit victory, the most entertaining part of the evening came after the game. For the second year in a row, the Stan Sheriff Center crowd that stuck around for the celebration was treated to a haka by Ashleigh Karaitiana's father, and King performed a traditional Polynesian dance as well.
"It was wonderful. Did I expect to dance? No, so as you could see, I was not prepared," King said. "But it was wonderful to see everybody come out and support us."
With the victory, Hawaii locked down the 2-seed and a first-round bye in this week's Big West conference tournament. They'll open tournament play on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Hawaii time.