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Benson quiet on any sanctions for Wahine

By Ferd Lewis


The Western Athletic Conference has reviewed issues arising from last week's Hawaii-Idaho women's basketball game and is closing the case, commissioner Karl Benson said yesterday.

Benson refused to say if nonpublic sanctions were levied in the case of an intentional foul assessed to UH's Keisha Kanekoa or if a postgame display by Idaho coach Jon Newlee violated conference sportsmanship policies.

"We've reviewed the case and are handling everything internally," Benson said.

UH coach Dana Takahara-Dias, in Reno, Nev., for the Rainbow Wahine's game at Nevada today, said yesterday evening she or the team hadn't received any word from the WAC on the issue.

"I respect that," she said of the WAC's decision to handle the matter internally.

Newlee was not immediately available for comment.

Last Saturday, Newlee held an animated, finger-pointing conversation with Takahara-Dias during the traditional handshake line following the Vandals' 72-60 loss to the Rainbow Wahine.

He was aggravated about a play with 13:53 left in the second half, when Kanekoa got tangled with Idaho guard Rachele Kloke going for a loose ball. While Kanekoa came away relatively unscathed, Kloke hit the Stan Sheriff Center court hard on her back. Kanekoa was whistled for the intentional, the third called on UH during its three-game homestand last week.

Newlee said Monday, "Yeah, I certainly wasn't happy about that (Kloke being knocked down) and basically told (Takahara-Dias) so."

Newlee met with Kaye Garms, the WAC supervisor of officials Thursday.

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