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UH women's basketball team makes WNIT

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:49 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

  photos by darrell miho / special to the star-advertiser @Caption1:Hawaii's Kamilah Martin drove to the basket against Cal State Fullerton's Kathleen Iwuoha. Martin led Hawaii with 15 points. TOP: Shawna Kuehu chipped in nine points off the bench for the Wahine.

The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team will make its first postseason appearance in 10 years in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

The WNIT announced its selections to the 64-team event today. UH (17-13) will play at San Diego (21-9) of the West Coast Conference on Thursday.

The Wahine were upset by Cal State Fullerton in the second round of the Big West tournament last Wednesday. First-year coach Laura Beeman was optimistic for an at-large berth to the WNIT, the sport's secondary postseason event to the NCAA tournament.

"I know it's been 10 years since we were in the WNIT and it's only the seventh time in the history of the program," Beeman said. "The first time in 10 years, that's not a bad gig. Not a bad gig." 

USD was the runner-up in the West Coast Conference, losing to Gonzaga in the WCC tournament championship. The Toreros were 12-4 at their home arena, Jenny Craig Pavilion, for the season.

UH made the last of four straight trips to the WNIT in 2003 under Vince Goo.

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HOSSANA wrote:
Congrats to the Rainbow Wahine and Laura Beaman's team for being selected into a legitimate post-season tournament unlike the men's team participating in a has-been tournament for teams that are unable to participate in any tournament...in other words, a tournament for pathetic losers.
on March 18,2013 | 04:50PM
niimi wrote:
RIley Wallace must still be on the payroll. Heh heh.
on March 18,2013 | 10:02PM
yume wrote:
YES!! Congratulations to Coach Beeman, her staff and all the Wahine for their hard work this season. Go Bows!
on March 18,2013 | 04:58PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
This is really great news. Congratulations to the Wahine and good luck in the WNIT! Is it too early to ask if OC16 will have the game?
on March 18,2013 | 05:00PM
danji wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 05:19PM
primowarrior wrote:
Congratulations, Coach Beeman & Na Wahine! Good luck & geev'um h***.
on March 18,2013 | 05:39PM
808warriorfan wrote:
If Coach Beaman isn't the BW Coach of the Year something is very wrong.....GREAT JOB WAHINE !!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 05:52PM
Muraoka wrote:
Biggest congrats to coach Beeman, her ladies and all associated with the program. You've been doing it the right way all season long. Enjoy your reward. Now go kick some butt!
on March 18,2013 | 06:39PM
808comp wrote:
Best news yet. Hope the coaching staff have a bonus in their contract if they go to a post season tournament. Going be tough,but they can do it. Guess their week end practices will pay off. Go Bows !!!!
on March 18,2013 | 06:46PM
mishtah wrote:
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on March 18,2013 | 08:02PM
niimi wrote:
Glass half full... Better to be in the top 128 than to be number 300-something of 345 D1 programs. Yes, there are than many in D1.
on March 18,2013 | 09:59PM
niimi wrote:
Crawl, walk, run. The NIT is a step in the right direction.
on March 18,2013 | 10:00PM
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