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Wahine basketball team upsets Minnesota

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COMHawaii's Shawna-Lei Kuehu launches a three point shot over Minnesota's Sari Noga (21) with .4 seconds left in regulation to force an overtime period in the second half of the Minnesota vs Hawaii women's basketball game at Stan Sheriff Center.
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    Hawaii's Shawna-Lei Kuehu launches a three point shot over Minnesota's Sari Noga (21) with .4 seconds left in regulation to force an overtime period in the second half of the Minnesota vs Hawaii women's basketball game at Stan Sheriff Center.

Shawna Kuehu hit an improbable banked 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and the Hawaii women’s basketball team earned a rousing victory with a 77-71 defeat of Minnesota Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

UH (5-3) went 2-1 in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown and won the tournament title thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Golden Gophers (7-2). 

The senior Kuehu, who had just four career 3s before that shot, raised the tournament trophy high before a crowd of 472.

Minnesota fans stayed to applaud tournament MVP Rachel Banham (24 points), who seemingly had the game won with a deep 3-pointer for a three-point UM lead with 4.6 seconds left in regulation.

UH chances were dire as it had to go the length of the court. But Kuehu took a pass from Destiny King, turned and fired just before the buzzer, pumping her fist emphatically and screaming when it found net off the glass and was ruled good after a brief officials review.

The Wahine controlled the extra period as Ashleigh Karaitiana tied her career-high of 22 points, Kuehu also tied her career-best of 19, and Kamilah Jackson earned her sixth straight double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds.

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