(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team fell Saturday in a Big West conference tilt at UC Davis, as the hot-shooting Aggies gained momentum in the second half to down the Rainbow Wahine, 76-52.
Coming off a tough loss at Cal State Fullerton, the early scoring came fast and furious for Hawai'i (7-8, 0-2 Big West), shooting 100 percent from the field through the first 5:33 of the opening period. But the Aggies (12-3, 2-0 Big West) found the same stroke and only missed three shots in the entire first quarter.
The teams combined for 28 points in the first 6:34 of Saturday's contest, heading into the first media timeout tied at 14-14 after four lead changes and four ties left the game at a stalemate early. UH held the upper hand in the early going, but an 11-4 UCD run out of the first timeout swung the momentum in the Aggies' favor, where it would stay.
Trailing 36-29 at half, the Rainbow Wahine came out firing in the third, trimming the deficit to just three, but again the Aggies responded and kept control in the low-scoring quarter before cutting loose in the final 13 minutes of action, dealing UH the 76-52 loss.
Sophomore Makenna Woodfolk was the top scorer for the Rainbow Wahine, nailing a pair of threes and logging five at the free throw line, also collecting six rebounds in 25 minutes. Senior Sarah Toeaina grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and scored nine on the day.
Although the 'Bows hit the glass hard and won the turnover game, trailing in rebounds 38-35 and only giving away 10 chances, the Aggies' hot hand never cooled. UC Davis proved why it's the current Big West frontrunner, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the line, unsurprisingly paced by All-Big West forward Morgan Bertsch with 26 points.
The Rainbow Wahine return to the friendly confines of the Stan Sheriff Center next week for a two-game home stand against UC Irvine (Jan. 11) and Long Beach State (Jan 13).