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NCAA tournament dream ends for Rainbow Wahine in 66-50 loss to UCLA

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A storybook season for the University of Hawaii women's basketball team has come to an end in Tinseltown.

After winning the 2016 Big West Tournament to secure a March Madness berth for the first time in 18 years, the Rainbow Wahine fell to UCLA, 66-50, in Saturday's first-round match-up.

For the Wahine, the story of the first half was turnovers; Hawaii had more of them (12) than they did made field goals (8), and shot less than 30 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

Though ball security became less of an issue in the second half, offensive efficiency remained problematic; the Wahine managed just 25 points and shot just 11-59 (18.6 percent) against the Bruins, who blocked 8 shots on the afternoon.

Hawaii forward Megan Huff, the Big West's sixth player of the year, scored a team-high 15 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds for the 'Bows, who outrebounded the Bruins on the afternoon.

Marissa Wimbley scored 9 first half points, but failed to score a bucket after the break. No other Wahine player scored in double figures.

UCLA senior guard Nirra Fields led the Bruins with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kennedy Burke scored 15, and Jordin Canada added 10 and 5 assists.

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