Tia Kanoa nabs 2nd team All Big West honors, Middap & Leah Salanoa honorable mention
University of Hawaii women's basketball team had four student-athletes tabbed with all-conference honors, as senior guard Tia Kanoa, senior guard Leah Salanoa, junior Courtney Middap, and freshman Myrrah Joseph all received honors
HONOLULU—As announced by the Big West Conference on Monday morning, the University of Hawaii women's basketball team had four student-athletes tabbed with all-conference honors, as senior guard Tia Kanoa, senior guard Leah Salanoa, junior Courtney Middap, and freshman Myrrah Joseph all received their first career season honors.
"It's a great honor for all four all to be named by the conference for end of season awards," said head coach Laura Beeman. "I'm extremely proud of all four and our team as a whole, but I guarantee as much as all four are honored to be recognized, they'll give the credit right back to their teammates."
Kanoa was named to the All-Conference Second Team. Throughout the 2018-19 campaign, Kanoa has been the mainstay for the 'Bows as she started in all 29 games and averaged over 30 minutes per contest. She led the conference in assists for the second consecutive season with 141, averaging 4.9 per game, tied for second in the conference. Her career assists per game average will leave a lasting impact on the program as she'll finish at 5.0, for No. 1 in the UH record books.
Earlier in the season on Jan. 14, Kanoa was named the Big West Conference player of the week after she notched 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the 'Bows first conference win of the season against UC Davis on Jan. 12. Her performance and leadership was the essential piece in the Aggies only conference loss of 2019.
Joining Kanoa with all-conference honors was Salanoa and Middap, as both were named as honorable mentions.
Salanoa's impact on the UH program hit its stride in her final season as she averaged eight points and four rebounds, while starting in all 28 games she played in throughout the year. She scored double-digits in 11 games for the 'Bows including a career-high 19 points against Portland on Nov. 16. Her most significant impact came from beyond the three-point arc, Salanoa finished at No.5 in the conference for the three-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent.
After playing a total of 25 games in first two years combined, Middap put the Big West on notice during her junior season. She started in 21 of 28 games, averaging 24 minutes per game while accounting for over eight points, as well as two rebounds and two assists a game. Her 11 double-digit scoring games played a role in UH finishing at No. 2 in the Big West standings. Her most significant game came on Feb. 16 when UH knocked off Long Beach State in Honolulu. Middap scored 17 points and hit a career-high five three-pointers in the contest.
Rounding out the morning announcements was Joseph being named to the All-Freshman Team. Joseph played in 26 games filling in when needed in the post, and didn't record a start during her first season on the island, but showcased her talent on multiple occasions. With three separate post players departing from the program, Joseph grew from being an unknown freshman to an established threat off the bench, averaging five points and two rebounds. Her best game of the season came on the at LBSU, where she scored a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds.