Rainbow Wahine shoot LBSU out of Anaheim, advance to final

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The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team put on one of its most impressive performances of the season Friday afternoon.

In the semifinal of the Big West Conference tournament in Anaheim, the Rainbow Wahine took down Long Beach State 76-60.

They put on a shooting clinic, hitting 12 of 26 three pointers.

Senior guard Marissa Wimbley was particularly efficient, hitting 6-9 from three-point range for a career-high 18 points.

“I’m pretty excited. We’ve always looked toward the championship, but we knew we had to take care of Long Beach first. We always take each day one day at a time, every game one day at a time. As you can see, we played Hawaii basketball today. We’re hard to beat when we go 1-13, and it was a really exciting game for us,” she told KHON2’s Rob DeMello.

“(Wimbley) is the ultimate teammate. She came in here as a freshman, she didn’t get off the bench and she continued to believe in our process, she continued to believe it would be her moment if she worked,” said head coach Laura Beeman. “I don’t know if she ever thought as a freshman that she would tie the school record for threes, hit 18 points in the semifinals to bring us to the championship. That’s sports in a nutshell.”

The win advances Hawaii to the Big West Tournament championship Saturday against UC Davis.

The Aggies upset top seed and Big West undefeated UC Riverside 81-72 Friday morning.

Hawaii and UC Davis split the season series, with each winning at home in conference play.

Tipoff in Anaheim is 1 p.m. HST Saturday. The game will air on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

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