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Wahine basketball team upsets Minnesota

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 p.m. HST, Dec 02, 2013

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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808comp wrote:
Great win Wahine. Very wild and exciting game. Have a great road trip, long and tough. Go Bows !!!
on December 1,2013 | 06:24PM
niimi wrote:
Nice win. UH really relied upon their Forwards in this game, and they came up big. But our starters played a lot of minutes, especially our bigs. And MN was called for twice as many personal fouls. Hawaii shot really well over Minnesota's D, and Hawaii attempted 2.5 times as many free throws.
on December 1,2013 | 06:45PM
Lanaiboy wrote:
One reason Hawaii got a lots of fouls is that they drove to the basket a lot. Minnesota, although huge inside, shot mostly from the perimeter; lots of three-point attempts.
on December 1,2013 | 07:09PM
kiragirl wrote:
Boy, what a difference a coach can do. Will Adolfo make the team better?
on December 1,2013 | 07:13PM
kk808 wrote:
Agree; Beeman has the team believing in themselves. Go Wahine!
on December 1,2013 | 08:47PM
buds4life wrote:
Hope we won't see Kalei for another 3-4 weeks in a basketball jersey. But an emphatic yes, Kalei will provide a post presence that is sorely missing since the 2 recruits did not qualify.
on December 2,2013 | 01:22AM
kiragirl wrote:
I think basketball made her quicker as a blocker and that slider move she has. Yep, hope the basketball team can do without her for several weeks. Go a Bows!
on December 2,2013 | 07:20AM
Opelu wrote:
Laura Beaman has been great for UH and this program. - Chow could take some lessons from her
on December 2,2013 | 05:19AM
busterb wrote:
Go blond?
on December 2,2013 | 06:40AM
COlohe1 wrote:
Too bad she won't be around for long. Too good of a coach to stay at UH $$$
on December 2,2013 | 07:38AM
krusha wrote:
The Wahine was deadly at 3 point range yesterday. Hopefully they can keep it up, since that was the equalizing factor against Minnesota's zone defense and pretty much the reason for their losses earlier in the season.
on December 2,2013 | 06:13AM
STARA25 wrote:
Congrats Ladies, It's a well earned W. A miraculous finish. A dream game for Wahine Basketball/Beeman Classic. Mahalo Judy Mosley!
on December 2,2013 | 07:55AM
BTO wrote:
Where are the fans?? Good product but no following?? Must recruit adopt some aunties and uncles like the VB program. HC got to connect with the fans.
on December 2,2013 | 08:00AM
false wrote:
The Wahine is now playing B- man- ball
on December 2,2013 | 08:07AM
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