(Hawaii Athletics) - A 12-point fourth-quarter deficit couldn't stop the Hawai'i women's basketball team from picking up a 65-60 win at Arizona on Sunday afternoon, as the 'Bows closed the game on a 19-2 run to pick up the victory.
UH trailed 58-46 with 6:35 to play before making the decisive push. Makenna Woodfolk got the comeback started with a jumper before Tia Kanoapicked off an inbounds pass and took it coast-to-coast for a layup with contact. She converted the 3-point play, and swung the momentum to UH for the final six minutes.
Woodfolk followed with a pair of free throws, then hit a 3-pointer on the next UH possession to cut the Arizona lead to 58-56 with 4:28 to play. Sarah Toeaina tied the game at 58-58 with 4:05 after struggling to find her rhythm for most of the first 35 minutes of the game.
Neither team could break the tie until Toeaina split a pair of free throws with 1:31 to play. After another UH defensive stop, Toeaina gave the Rainbow Wahine a three-point lead with a layup in traffic.
Lahni Salanoa made it a 17-0 run with two more free throws before the Wildcats hit a jumper with 16 seconds left to make it a 63-60 Hawai'i lead. Toeaina would not let Arizona get any closer, hitting a pair of free throws on the other end to seal the 65-60 win.
The Rainbow Wahine struggled to take care of the ball for the first 34 minutes, when the committed 20 of their 21 turnovers. But just one turnover in the final six minutes allowed the 'Bows take control of the game.
Four UH players scored in double-figures, led by a career-high 14 points from Tia Kanoa. Toeaina added 14 points while Woodfolk finished with 12 and seven rebounds, and Julissa Tago added 11. Lahni Salanoa led UH on the glass with eight rebounds and added seven points.
UH shot 47 percent (22-of-47) from the field and held Arizona to 38 percent shooting (21-of-56). Each team finished with 33 rebounds, but a 10-6 advantage on the offensive glass and six fewer turnovers for Arizona allowed the Wildcats nine more shot attempts than the Rainbow Wahine. UH continues its three-game road trip at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas next week where the 'Bows face No. 19 Texas A&M on Dec. 20 and No. 9 Oregon on Dec. 22.