The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team completed its second season sweep of a Big West Conference opponent with a 72-49 victory over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine (10-13, 6-4) have exceeded their win total from last season against conference foes, and their next potential win will surpass their win total from the 2016-17 season. The win also gave the ‘Bows sole possession of the No. 4 spot in the conference standings by a half-game over CSUN. The Gauchos (5-18, 2-8) have dropped seven of their last eight games and remain at the bottom of the Big West standings.
“We were never worried about bouncing back,” said head coach Laura Beeman. “This team has shown all year they can bounce back after tough losses, like the one we had over the weekend at Long Beach State. What we have to do is be consistent. We need to take the momentum we had tonight and carry it into the weekend. I want to see this team rolling like it was in the third quarter tonight when Long Beach State comes here on Saturday.”
UH exploded with their best quarter of the season in the third frame with 30 points to pull away and stay ahead of the Gauchos. Entering the quarter UH held a six-point lead at 27-21, but due to the sharp shooting of junior forward Makenna Woodfolk and sophomore guard, Jadynn Alexander from beyond the arc the ‘Bows put together a 15-0 run. UH ended the frame with a 20-point lead, a mark they built on in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Courtney Middap led the offensive attack with a team-high 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Outside of Middap, the scoring was balanced as five different players registered eight points apiece. Including Woodfolk, Alexander, senior guard Tia Kanoa, redshirt sophomore forward Amy Atwell, and freshman forward Myrrah Joseph.
As a team, the UH bench outscored the UCSB bench 33-8. The ‘Bows also added to their win total when registering 70 points or better in a game with an overall record of 8-1.
Next up will be the return matchup with The Beach on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. HT. The game will be the first of a doubleheader with the men’s team scheduled to play at 8 p.m. HT against UC Riverside.