Red-hot Rainbow Wahine leave for Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.-The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team (21-10, 12-4 BWC) heads to Los Angeles, Calif. this week to take on third-seeded and 10th-ranked UCLA (24-8) in the First Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 pm (PT). The game will be held at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

The winner of the UH-UCLA match-up will face the winner of the South Florida (23-9) vs. Colorado State (31-1) game on Monday, March 21. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

The Rainbow Wahine captured the Big West’s automatic NCAA bid after winning the 2016 Big West Conference Tournament with a 78-59 victory over UC Davis this past Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. at the Honda Center. Hawai’i comes into the tourney as the 14th seed in the Bridgeport Region.

It is the Rainbow Wahine’s sixth NCAA tournament appearance and the first since 1998. It marks the second all-time Big West tournament title (1996).

It is also just the second time in Hawai’i history that both the Rainbow Warriors and the Rainbow Wahine will be playing in the NCAA tournament together in the same year (1994). The Rainbow Wahine are 1-6 all-time in the NCAA tourney. Overall, Hawai’i has advanced to the post-season 14 times total with nine appearances in the WNIT-including the last three-straight seasons under fourth year head coach Laura Beeman.

Beeman has led the ‘Bows to back-to-back 20+-win seasons and a Big West regular season title in 2015 to go with a BWC Tournament title this season. Hawai’i finished the season strong, winning 11 of its last 12 games down the stretch. She joins Vince Goo as the only other Rainbow Wahine basketball coach to lead the Rainbow Wahine to the NCAA tourney.

Hawai’i is 1-6 all-time against UCLA with the last meeting being played in Hilo, Hawai’i on Dec. 19, 2010. The Bruins, who were ranked No. 9 at the time, won that game, 72-44 under the previous coaching staff. This season, Bruins tied for third in the Pac-12 with a 14-4 record while going 24-8 overall-including a 13-1 home mark. The Bruins have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in each of the last 15 weeks.2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

SCHEDULESaturday, March 19 (First Round)

(3) UCLA vs. (14) Hawai’i — 12:30 p.m. (HST) ESPN2

(6) South Florida vs. (11) Colorado State — 3 p.m. (HST) ESPN2Monday March 21 (Second Round)

Saturday Winners — TBA, ESPN2

Ticket Information: Tickets are available through the UCLA Ticketmaster website. The NCAA has assigned sections 116 and 117 for Hawai’i fans. General admission tickets are also available for fans to purchase.  Click here to purchase your tickets online.

Live stats will be available at uclabruins.com

Series records: UH is 1-6 against UCLA, with their last meeting coming in Hilo, Hawai’i on 12/19/10 with a 72-44 Bruin victory. Hawai’i is 0-5 all-time against Colorado State. Last season, UH fell to the Rams in Fort Collins, 63-58 on 11/14/14. UH has never played South Florida.

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