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

Published: Mar. 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 13, 2016 at 3:29 AM HST
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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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