Rainbow Wahine Basketball Set To Open Big West Play on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton
The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team (4-9) opens Big West play against Cal State Fullerton (8-5) this Saturday.
(Hawaii Athletics) - Game #14 Information:
TEAMS: Hawai'i (4-9), Cal State Fullerton (8-5)
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m. HT
WHERE: Titan Gym
VIDEO STREAMING: Bigwest.tv
LIVE STATS: www.hawaiiathletics.com
TICKETS: Adult: $8.00, Youth: $6
• After winning three straight games to start the month of December, UH enters the game with CSF losing its last two games of the month against Utah and Nevada.
• The overtime loss at Nevada was the second time this season the Rainbow Wahine needed five extra minutes after regulation. The previous overtime game was on Dec. 19 at UNLV in a 66-61 win in the opening game of the Duel in the Desert.
• Most recently UH used the hot shooting of junior guard Julissa Tago and the stellar play of sophomore center Lauren Rewers to mount a double-digit comeback on the road to force overtime. Tago's season-high 24 points, along with Rewers' first career double-double were not enough as a final possession shot fell short for UH in 79-78 loss.
• Junior forward Makenna Woodfolk continues to lead the way for UH as its go-to scorer as she averages a little over 12 points a game. Senior guard Leah Salanoa and Tago follow closely as second and third options for the offensive attack at 9.8 and 7.9 points per game.
• Big West Conference openers have not fared well for the 'Bows over the years with a combined record of 1-5. The lone win of the previous six BWC openers was during the 2015-16 campaign with UH going on to win the conference tournament March.
• UH and CSF have only met one other previous time to start the conference schedule, and it was last season on Jan. 4 in Fullerton. The Titans won the matchup 69-57, but UH later returned the favor on Feb. 8 in Honolulu with a 59-54 victory.
• Before the start of the 2018-19 season, coaches and voting media picked UH to finish in the middle of the conference standings at either No. 5 or No. 6. On the flip side, both voting groups picked CSF to finish in last at No. 9. A notable difference between the two squads is CSF had senior center Daeja Smith selected on the Preseason All-Conference team, while UH did not have a representative.
• CSF is coming off a very successful month of December by going 5-1 with its lone loss coming at home to Pacific on Dec. 22. Most recently the Titans escaped with a one-point home in over Utah Valley to wrap up their non-conference schedule.
THREE POINT LAND IS THE PLACE TO BE
As a team, UH sits a No. 1 in the Big West when it comes to three-point field goal percentage at 36 percent and is No. 2 in total made three-point buckets with 85. UC Davis is next in the percentage rankings at 32 percent while leading the conference in 101 made three-pointers. The leader so far for the 'Bows three-point barrage is Leah Salanoa, as she is No. 2 in the conference at 43 percent.