Honolulu— The University of Hawaii women's basketball team extended its strong start to the season by knocking off UT San Antonio on the first day of competition in the Bank of Hawai'i Classic, 62-50 on Friday afternoon.
 
"We had a solid team win," said head coach Laura Beeman. "I like it when we spread out the scoring, giving us multiple options on the floor, forcing the defense to spread thin. We came in and executed our game plan both offensively, as well as defensively."
 
The Rainbow Wahine (3-1) improved to 2-0 on their home floor while moving to 10-3 all-time in the Bank of Hawai'i Classic. The Roadrunners (3-2) dropped only their second loss of the season, a setback suffered on Nov. 14 at Texas, an opponent UH will host on Dec. 1.
 
UH controlled the first half, setting the pace early by jumping out to a 10-0 lead, and holding UTSA to only two points in the first frame. The Roadrunners showed more life in the second quarter, outscoring the home squad 19-15, but UH maintained its lead at 27-21 going into the half.
 
The third quarter ended with a layup by junior forward Amy Atwell, extending the UH lead to 41-36. The late bucket began an 11-0 run putting the 'Bows up by double digits at 50-36 for their largest lead of the game with under eight minutes to play. The run slowed down the Roadrunners, putting the game out of reach for the UH win.  
 
The scoring was scattered throughout the roster as three players totaled double figures in the box score. Junior center Lauren Rewers tallied 13 points in 26 minutes of action, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor. Working the painted area along with Rewers was sophomore forward Myrrah Joseph as she totaled 13 points as well and eight rebounds for his best statistic game of the season. Wrapping up the scoring highs was Atwell as she picked up 11 points, hitting 3-of-6 from the beyond the arc.
 
The Bows 'will have an off day on Saturday and will be back in action on Sunday. UH will host Texas Southern at 2:30 pm HT, and the game will be shown live on Spectrum Sports. TSU fell to Utah 61-52 prior to UH taking on UTSA.