Rainbow Wahine hoops knocks off Texas in upset
Honolulu— Fresh off an upset bid falling short to No. 12 North Carolina State the day before, the University of Hawaii women's basketball team knocked off power five opponent, the University of Texas, 73-60 on Sunday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center in the Heineken Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Junior forward Amy Atwell ignited the offense with a season-high 24 points, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc in 26 minutes of action. Junior guard Jadynn Alexander added to the offensive game plan as well, scoring a career-high 17 points.
"Tonight was fun," said head coach Laura Beeman. "So many things carried over into tonight in terms of our effort. It doesn't matter who they are, Big-12 or Pac-12: we're the University of Hawai'i, and we can compete every night."
The Rainbow Wahine (4-4) picked up the program's first win over a power-five opponent since Dec. 17, 2017, when Beeman led her squad to a 65-60 victory over Arizona on the road. The Longhorns (4-4) are coming off a 23-10 record a year ago and didn't lose a single game to a non-power five school. The loss to UH marks the second of the season against a mid-major, the other coming against the University of South Florida on Nov. 8 in the season opener.
The first half showed UH wasn't going to go down without a fight against its Big-12 counterpart. Trailing by 10 at 26-16 with 8:19 on the clock in the second quarter, the 'Bows went on the attack with 15-4 run taking a 31-30 lead into halftime.
As the battle spilled into the second half, UT held a slight advantage at 48-45 heading into the fourth quarter. UH then went on a tear with a 15-3 run, retaking the lead, and zooming past the Longhorns in the process.
With each passing game freshman point guard Nae Nae Calhoun continues to impress, and on Sunday showcased her true potential. The Riverside, California native scored 11 points, dished out a season-high eight assists, and committed two turnovers in 27 minutes.
As a team, the turnovers were high at 15, but UT made 18 miscues of their own, resulting in 14 points off turnovers for the 'Bows. For the second consecutive game, the long ball was dropping for UH, hitting 10 three-point buckets.
The 'Bows' toughest stretch of the non-conference schedule will continue, but now they go on the road. Two power-five opponents from the Pac-12 await UH in Oregon State on Friday, Dec. 6, followed by a stop at Washington on Sunday, Dec. 8.
MVP- Elissa Cunane, NC State
Ailslinn Konig, NC State
Joyner Holmes, Texas
Anisha George, North Texas
Julissa Tago, Hawai'i
Amy Atwell, Hawai'i