(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team returns from a challenging Big West opening weekend on the road for a two-game homestand, beginning Thursday night with UC Irvine coming to the Stan Sheriff Center. Tipoff between the Rainbow Wahine and Anteaters is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Rainbow Wahine (7-8, 0-2 Big West) look to leave road shooting troubles behind and get back in the win column at home, where UH is 5-3 this season. Hawai'i shot just 35.6 percent on the California road trip, but have shot 44.6 percent at home this season, where senior guard Sarah Toeaina produced three of her four 20-point performances. Toeaina tops the UH scorers and ranks sixth in the Big West with a 14.2 PPG average, also nabbing a team second-most 5.0 RPG. Sophomore forward Makenna Woodfolk is coming off an 11-point outing to lead UH at UC Davis, and averages 8.1 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds. Sophomore guard Julissa Tago and junior forward Lahni Salanoa also chip in 10.6 and 9.0 points, respectively.
The Anteaters (8-7, 0-1 Big West) bounced back from a 2-5 start and have won three of their last four in the second year under Tamara Inoue. UCI averages 69.9 PPG to UH's 63.5, but both teams are allowing 71.1 by opponents on the year. The Anteaters spread their scoring around, with no starters averaging double figures, led by sophomore guard Yazzy Sa'Dullah's 8.6 PPG average. Sophomore guard Lauren Saiki chips in 8.4 points and leads UCI with 3.9 assists per outing, while Jordan Sanders and Andee Ritter add 7.8 and 7.7 points, combining for 9.3 RPG.
The Rainbow Wahine have historically dominated the series, holding a 30-8 advantage and winning the last eight meetings back to 2013. UH earned the 73-60 victory last February in Irvine.
The homestand continues on Saturday (Jan. 13), as UH faces Long Beach State on the front end of a doubleheader with the Hawai'i men's team. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Sheriff Center.
Who: Hawai'i (7-8, 0-2 Big West) vs. UC Irvine (8-7, 0-1 Big West)
When: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 (7:00 p.m.)
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu, O'ahu)
TV: Spectrum Sports
Live Stream: HawaiiAthletics.com
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM
Audio Stream: ESPN1420AM.com
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Promotions: First Hawaiian Bank is the game sponsor on Thursday and will award $125 in gift cards during the promotional contest at halftime. Fans can register to participate at the sports marketing table located at Gate A. Coach Beeman will meet and greet with fans in the pregame at Gate A and the team will conduct a brief post-game question and answer session. There will be an autograph session with the Rainbow Wahi ne basketball team following the game.