HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coming off an impressive road trip in which the Rainbow Wahine basketball team defeated the likes of Big West Conference foes Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, head coach Laura Beeman credited a change in mentality as the key to both victories.
“In this conference, if you don’t have a level of focus you lose,” Beeman said. “Whether you’re home or away. So going into Cal Poly and going into Santa Barbara, we treated those games as if it was the Big West Conference championship. And the focus was different, the intent was different, the sense of urgency was different. Now we just have to be able to sustain that.”
After losing three-straight games from December 29-January 5th, the Wahine have rattled off three wins in their last four games, surrendering less than 54 points defensively to their opposition in each contest.
As the regular season shifted into conference play, Beeman understands the importance of finding success on the road. And thus far, despite Hawaii’s 7-11 overall record, her side has posted a 3-5 record away from the Stan Sheriff Center.
While that record might not be the best Beeman had hoped for at the start of the season, the team’s record at home (4-6) is what really bothers her.
“We have to win at home. We haven’t been able to do that which is abnormal," Beeman said. "We need to change that this week.”
The Wahine will host UC Riverside Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center and will rematch Cal Poly on Saturday at home as well. Wednesday’s tip-off is set for 7 p.m. HT.