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Rainbow Wahine basketball team wins Big West tournament, advances to NCAA tournament

Coach Laura Beeman and the Rainbow Wahine advance to the NCAA tournament Coach Laura Beeman and the Rainbow Wahine advance to the NCAA tournament
Rainbow Wahine basketball team advances to NCAA tournament Rainbow Wahine basketball team advances to NCAA tournament
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team is going dancing.   

A year after falling in the Big West tournament final and being denied a shot at the NCAA tournament, Hawaii found redemption against U.C. Davis on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Aggies 78-59 to advance to the 'Big Dance' for the first time since the 1997-1998 season.

Senior Ashleigh Karaitiana made the most of her second shot at a Big West title game; the sixth-year senior scored 17 points, including a 5-8 from deep, to lead the Wahine in victory.

Brianna Harris added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the 'Bows, who also got 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from Megan Huff.

Morgan Bertsch scored 19 points for the Aggies, who upset top-seeded U.C. Riverside on Friday to advance to the title game.

As champions of the Big West conference tournament, the Wahine are guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournament. The opening-round match-ups of the women's tournament will be announced during a special televised event on Monday afternoon.

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