POSTED: 7:00 p.m. HST, Jan 19, 2012
The Hawaii held off Louisiana Tech for a rare win against the traditional women's basketball powerhouse, 61-46, tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
In its Western Athletic Conference home opener, UH (6-11, 1-1 WAC) earned its fourth win in the series against 24 losses. The Wahine last beat LaTech on March 6, 2008, under Jim Bolla, then dropped the next six meetings.
Sophomore forward Kamilah Jackson led UH with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman point guard Alissa Campanero added 11 points and helped put the game away at the free-throw line. The Wahine went 22-for-28 at the foul line, to 4-for-7 for LaTech.
LaTech, the WAC's predicted champion, got it to four at 41-37 at the midpoint of the second half, but UH scored he next eight points for a 49-37 advantage with 3:27 to play.
The Lady Techsters (8-9, 1-2) scored the next seven points, but forward Breanna Arbuckle put it away with a fast-break three-point play with just under a minute left.
UH led by as many as 11 points in the first half, taking a 26-17 halftime lead as the Lady Techsters shot just 19.4 percent in the period.