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UH women's basketball team upset in Big West tournament

By Brian McInnis

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LAST UPDATED: 09:21 p.m. HST, Mar 13, 2013


IRVINE, Calif. » Even in a new setting as the favorite, conference tournament futility continued unabated for the Hawaii women's basketball team.

The third-seeded Rainbow Wahine crumbled in their first Big West tournament game since rejoining the league last summer, falling 66-51 to No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in a second-round contest today at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.

UH (17-13) defeated the Titans 53-43 in Honolulu just four days ago. But CSUF capitalized on shaky ball control by the Wahine to advance to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Pacific.

"I want to congratulate Cal State Fullerton," first-year UH coach Laura Beeman said. "They played with unbelievable purpose tonight and came in with a great game plan.

"The lights were a little bright for us this early on in kind of rebuilding this team. Very proud of the girls."

The Rainbow Wahine now await word if an invitation will be forthcoming to a secondary postseason tournament, such as the WNIT or WBI.

"We'll see what happens," UH athletic director Ben Jay said.

Beeman said: "Fingers crossed."

The Wahine haven't advanced to a conference semifinal since the 2002-03 season. They last won a preliminary-round game in 2009.

Fullerton (11-21) had 17 steals among 22 Hawaii turnovers, resulting in a 25-10 disparity on points off giveaways. It was the Titans' second upset in two days; they beat No. 5 Long Beach State on Tuesday.

Before a very pro-Hawaii crowd of about 700 — which included the UH band, cheerleaders and Rainbow Dancers — junior forward Kamilah Martin led the Wahine with 15 points and 13 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.

Titans forward Mya Olivier scored a game-high 17 points. Guard Chante Miles added 13 points and seven steals for CSUF.

With the game tied at 36, Fullerton seized control with a 14-2 run to go up its largest to that point at 50-38 with seven minutes remaining.

UH got back to within seven on a basket by Shawna Kuehu, but that was as close as it would get.

The Wahine trailed by eight points in the first half but closed the period on a 9-1 run to tie it up at 25 heading into the break.







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Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
just horrible. good thing that the seniors got a piece of the net that they cut at their last home game, even though it didn't mean anything...lol
on March 13,2013 | 05:13PM
808comp wrote:
Came to an end alittle to early,but there is next year to look foward to. Hope Coach Beeman can recruit cpl outside shooters,with alittle more height.Problem now is that USC will be looking for a new coach,see if Coach Beeman will be committed to UH,or will she try to go home. Will be very intresting. Was a good year.
on March 13,2013 | 05:27PM
dlum003 wrote:
Where's Dave Reardon now screaming for Beeman to be given a huge contract extension?
on March 13,2013 | 07:39PM
fairgame947 wrote:
She still deserves it. Big turnaround from last year! Were they looking past the team they beat this last Saturday?
on March 13,2013 | 08:02PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes, she did a helluva job in resurrecting this program!
on March 13,2013 | 08:40PM
BTO wrote:
Also hard to kick start the offense at an instant when you need it on the road. You play offense first to get everyone in the groove and hope to get a stop here and there, especially on the road and playing tight. I believe they had only 35 -38 points with 7 minutes left
on March 13,2013 | 09:46PM
BTO wrote:
It is hard to win with a defensive team on the floor to start the 2nd half. Ask Gib Arnold if he would start Jefferson - defensive specialist. You start your best offensive players who play fair "D". then when you need defensive stops you put your specialist in. Perhaps the inconsistency all year the coach quotes, could be because of her philosophy to hope to win low scoring 50 point games will always be inconsistent on offense. With no three point shooters or player who can drive and pull up there are no options when the other team packs it in, sags and doubles the posts.... Great season none the less. Congratulations to all.
on March 13,2013 | 09:41PM
Westcoastjoe wrote:
Who are you bto ? A coach ? A expert on the big west women's teams ? Or just a subscriber to this newspaper ,,, In this guard oriented conference, someone has to stop a guard from getting their team going. Stop her and you have a chance to stop the team. Ok, for argument sake, you believe that we need five scorers. Like four cant do it ? Look at what really happened in that game. One of your "offensive" players turned the ball over 9 times. The referees gave them 23 free thow chances and we received 7. You've made these pissy comments all year. When I'm in Hawaii, lets talk face to face.
on March 15,2013 | 08:01PM
bleedgreen wrote:
What happened to the Wahine?
on March 13,2013 | 11:30PM
roughrider wrote:
Tough way to end a season in which the Wahine far exceeded expectations (they were picked to finish sixth and wound up tied for second). Beeman did an excellent job getting the returning players to buy into her philosophy, and that bodes well for the future as she starts adding the players she knows will fit her system. Not sure how long her contract is for, but hopefully SC won't come a courting.
on March 14,2013 | 12:49AM
Westcoastjoe wrote:
And oh, by the way, why would we ask gib a. Ask Gino or Pat or Muffet or bobby knight... Right bobby hated defense
on March 15,2013 | 08:05PM
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