Rainbow Wahine ready to take on Big West Tournament


The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team (19-10, 12-4 Big West) is in Anaheim, Calif. to battle in the 34th Annual Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament this week at the Honda Center.

The Rainbow Wahine, who are the No. 2 seed, have a double-bye to start the tournament and will take on the highest-remaining seed in a semifinal matchup on Friday, March 11 at 2:30 pm (PT). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and aired on ESPN 1420 am on the radio.

Since started the conference season at 3-3, the ‘Bows have won nine of their last 10 games with their lone loss being a four-point loss on the road at undefeated UC Riverside.

This past week, the Rainbow Wahine routed their two opponents-defeating UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, 59-45 and Cal Poly on Saturday, 68-47.Saturday was “Senior Night” for six Rainbow Wahine: Brianna Kennedy, who will be forgoing her senior season as she is graduating this May, Connie Morris, Kalei Adolpho, Ashleigh Karaitiana, Destiny King, and Marissa Wimbley.

Earlier this week, King was selected to the all-Big West first team along with Karaitiana and Megan Huff who both earned BWC second team honors. Huff, who has come off the bench in all but four games this season, repeated as the conference’s “Sixth Player of the Year” after averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game with a team-high 27 blocked shots.

Last season, as the No. 1 seed, Hawaii won its semifinal game against Cal State Fullerton (73-64), but fell to CSUN in the championship game, 67-60. Under head coach Laura Beeman, the Rainbow Wahine have advanced to the WNIT all three years she has been at the helm.

Get complete tournament information and stats here.Game 30

What: Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Who: Hawaii (19-10, 12-4 Big West) vs. the highest remaining seed in Semifinal Game #2

Date: Friday, March 11, 2:30 pm (PT)

Streaming Video: ESPN3 will broadcast the game with Trent Schlom (play-by-play), Richie Schueler (analyst) and Sanaz Tavassol (sideline) handling the game.

Radio: ESPN 1420 am will be airing the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and Jeff Portnoy (analyst) handling the broadcast. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.Livestats: Available at either BigWest.org or HawaiiAthletics.com

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