Taking the court at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center for the first time in over a month, the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team edged Cal State Fullerton 54-52 on Saturday night.
In what was the Big West Conference opener for both teams, Amy Atwell’s layup with 5.3 seconds remaining led Hawaii to victory.
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Hawaii improves to 4-6 overall, while Cal State Fullerton drops to 5-6.
Hawaii’s most recent home game was a Dec. 5 contest against Loyola Marymount in which the Rainbow Wahine prevailed 76-63. It was also their most recent win heading into Saturday.
The ‘Bows have not played since a 70-63 loss at UNLV on Dec. 21. On Saturday, the ‘Bows suited up only nine players due to ongoing COVID-19 issues within the team.
Trailing by 10, the ‘Bows went on a 9-0 to end the third quarter. Hawaii carried that momentum over to the fourth quarter, where it made its final three shots from the field. Atwell led the ‘Bows with a double-double of a game-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
For CSUF, ‘Iolani alum Lily Wahinekapu had a team-high nine points and five rebounds.
The Rainbow Wahine will hit the road for a pair of conference games, starting with UC San Diego on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. HST.