Rainbow Wahine Basketball pushes past HPU in exhibition
The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team saw its first action of the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday with a 76-71 win over Hawai'i Pacific at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine improved to 11-0 all-time against HPU, but it was the first game between the two to be decided by single digits since the 2014-15 season. The Sharks will look ahead to next week on Friday, Nov. 8, when they begin their season on the road in the Wildcat Crossover Classic against Northwest Nazarene.
"There's a reason HPU traditionally finishes at the top of their conference," said head coach Laura Beeman. "We have to give them a lot of credit. They're well-coached and gave us a challenge. At the same time, this is preseason; we knew it would be ugly at times. We have things to work on and have a week to fix things before the season starts.
Senior guard Julissa Tago led all scorers with 23 points while hitting 4-of-10 from beyond the three-point line, and 7-of-9 at the free-throw line. Tago was limited last season with nagging injuries and only scored double-digits in six of 27 games as a junior.
The Sharks played close throughout the first half, trailing by only two points at the half. The third frame was the difference-maker for the 'Bows, outscoring the visiting squad, 24-17 and extending their lead.
The fourth and final quarter provided the same back and forth action as the first half as the defending Pac West Champions challenged the 'Bows. The battle at the free-throw line leaned heavily in favor of the home team, as UH hit 27-of-32 from the charity stripe in the second half, leading to the eventual final.
Junior Amy Atwell, followed the lead of Tago, reaching her peak production in the second half. Atwell scored 10 of her 11 points and pulled down all three of her rebounds in the third and fourth quarters.
UH will officially begin it's regular-season schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 5, by hosting San Diego State. The game will air live on Spectrum Sports and will be streamed on hawaiiathletics.com.