HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time since the 1993-1994 basketball season, both basketball teams from the University of Hawaii are headed to the NCAA tournament.
Many expected that sentence to have been written twelve months ago; in the 2015 Big West Tournament, both Hawaii teams lost in their respective championship games, sending them to the postseason via the NIT and WNIT. With wins on Saturday, however, over Long Beach State (men) and U.C. Davis (women), Hawaii's hoops teams took home Big West tournament titles each, avenging their losses from a year ago.
The wins ended a collective 32 season drought between the programs since their last NCAA tournament appearances; the Warriors hadn't been since 2001-2002, while the Wahine ended an 18-year shutout of their own. Vince Goo, the only Rainbow Wahine coach to lead Hawaii to the tournament until Laura Beeman did it on Saturday, was the coach of the 'Bows then.
Between the two programs, Hawaii has just one NCAA tournament win; the 1990 Wahine basketball team defeated Montana, 83-78, in the first round before falling to Stanford in the round of 32.