Three University of Hawai'i had three Rainbow Wahine selected to the 2015-16 All-Big West women's basketball team as announced on Monday morning. Sophomore Megan Huff repeated as the Big West Sixth Player of the Year and earned second team honors, while seniors Destiny King and Ashleigh Karaitiana were voted to the first and second team respectively.
Huff, a sophomore from Federal Way, Wash., was a two-sport student-athlete as a UH freshman last year playing as an outside hitter on the women's volleyball team. She began this season playing volleyball, but after seven matches, she chose to focus just on basketball and her decision paid off dividends on the hard court. It is the fourth-straight season that UH has garnered the "Sixth Player" award with Shawna-Lei Kuehu winning it in 2013 and Karaitiana earning the award in 2014. Huff joined the team last year in mid-season but worked her way up to earning the award last year as well. Huff has come off the bench in all but four games and has been a solid post presence all season for the Rainbow Wahine. She led the 'Bows with 27 blocked shots and 70 offensive rebounds and is second on the team averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She upped her averages from 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 15.9 minutes in 2014-15 to 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game. During conference play, Huff averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 boards per game. Huff recorded 16 double-figure scoring games and three double-doubles so far this season.
After earning honorable mention honors last season, King, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., emerged this season as the cornerstone of the team especially in the second half of the season. King refused to let her team lose, and came up huge in several BWC games down the stretch. She had a career-best season averaging a team-high 10.7 points and 6.4 rebounds and she leads the team with 37 steals and is second on the squad with 66 assists. King has started the last 86-straight games dating back to her sophomore season. She became the 20th Rainbow Wahine in history to record 1,000 points and the 11th player to tally 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. She is now just seven assists away from becoming just the fifth UH player to ever notch 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists.
Karaitiana, a senior from Hamilton, New Zealand, was named to the all-Big West second team for the second-straight season. She earned honorable mention honors in her first two seasons as a Rainbow Wahine as well. This season, she and King are the only two players to have started all 29 games. Karaitiana led UH in the regular season with 67 assists and 34 made 3- pointers while averaging 8.4 points and4.0 rebounds per game. Karaitiana became the 19th Rainbow Wahine to join the 1,000-point club a few games prior to King achieving the milestone. Karaitiana was the 10th player to have recorded 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Currently, she has 1,135 points, 568 rebounds and she has 233 assists.
The Rainbow Wahine finished the Big West season in a tie with Long Beach State at 12-4, but UH has the tie-breaker over the 49ers after sweeping them in the regular season. UH begins this week's Big West tournament with a double-bye and will face the highest seed left after the first two rounds on Friday, March 11 at 2:30 pm at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The game will be televised on ESPN3.
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