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Kalani grad following her late grandfather's words

By Cindy Luis

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LAST UPDATED: 01:37 a.m. HST, Jan 11, 2011



» Jamie Higa
» Sophomore guard
» Chaminade basketball

Ten minutes from home and yet it's a whole new world.

That's Jamie Higa's experience as she continues her transition from high school to college, and from shooting guard to point guard for the Chaminade women's basketball team.

And to think it was a last-minute decision for Higa to continue playing the sport she loved. The Kalani High graduate had no plans to play in college, but the day before tryouts in 2009, Higa spoke with former coach Christina Apisa about walking on.

"I'm playing for the love of it," Chaminade's leading scorer said.

And for her grandfather, Robert Sakai, who died right before this season started. Higa said she has dedicated the season to him and is trying to live up to some of his final words.

"He said, 'Be somebody,' " the elementary education major said. "It hasn't been the happiest season ... yet ... but we have definitely improved, come a long way from last year.

"As a team, we've come together, working on having a higher basketball IQ. Coach (Bobby Keanini) puts a lot of pressure -- good pressure -- on us to make us better players. He expects nothing but the best."

Keanini, the longtime Roosevelt High girls coach, is expecting a lot out of Higa.

"She came to my clinics when she was very young," the first-year Silverswords coach said. "She was always hungry, always wanting to learn.

"She's young (19), but she's turned into a leader. I know I'm putting a lot on her shoulders. We don't have a natural point guard and we need her to be that this season. Hopefully, we can bring someone in next year and she can go back to being a shooter. But I want the ball in her hands, want her making those decisions on the court for us, be a coach on the floor."

Higa made her fifth start in 10 games last night, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals as Chaminade won for the first time this year. The 63-51 victory over Dominican was the Silverswords' first conference win since the last game of 2007, a losing streak of 48.

Classes started yesterday and Higa is taking world geography. She enjoys traveling, has been to Europe and Japan but has another destination in mind.

"I'd like to see Chaminade turn it around and be a program that's not looked down on," she said.

 

HONORS

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Weekly honor to Hurley

A new year. A new sport. Another honor.

Hawaii-Hilo junior Hillary Hurley, the PacWest player of the year in volleyball, picked up her first conference weekly honor in basketball.

The forward helped the Vulcans open conference play 2-1, averaging 18 points and 10.3 rebounds. Hurley was the only UHH player in double figures, with 17 points in a 67-52 loss to Notre Dame de Namur. She dominated in a 76-65 victory over Academy of Art (24 points, 14 rebounds) and had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-56 win over Dominican.

Because Hurley has not played in 75 percent of UHH's games due to her volleyball commitment, she is not yet eligible to be listed in the conference statistical leaders. She is averaging 16.4 points and 10.0 rebounds in seven games.

 

HONOR ROLL

» Richelle Rieben, BYUH: The senior guard scored 18 points, including 12 on 3-pointers, as the Seasiders lost to Notre Dame de Namur 70-61.

» Hotia Vaaimamao, UHH: The junior forward out of Maui High, helped the Vulcans to a 2-1 start in conference play, averaging 11.3 points. She hit 20 of 23 free-throw attempts.

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Wilde earns honors

Hawaii-Hilo junior forward Zach Wilde earned his first weekly honor from the conference after helping the Vulcans open PacWest play 3-0.

Wilde averaged a double-double (14.3 points, 11.7 rebounds) as UHH beat Notre Dame de Namur, Academy of Art and Dominican.

 

HONOR ROLL

» Tsung-Hsein "Jet" Chang, BYUH: The junior guard averaged 20.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Seasiders.

» Mamadou Diarra, CU: The junior center helped the Silverswords open conference play 2-0 by averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. He led the PacWest in blocks for the week with five.

» Justin Smith, UHH: The junior guard averaged 20 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Vulcans, 3-0 in the PacWest.

» Marques Whippy, BYUH: The senior averaged 18 points and a conference-high 12 rebounds. He also had six steals as the Seasiders went 1-1.

 

Vulcans sign transfer

Theodora Papadopous, a 6-foot middle blocker from Pierce College (Calif.), has signed to play volleyball for Hawaii-Hilo next season.

Papadopolous helped the Brahmas to their first California Community College Athletic Association state title last month, finishing with a combined nine kills and 11 blocks in three tournament sweeps.

BYUH basketball gets 4

Hiram Akina's first recruiting class for Brigham Young-Hawaii women's basketball will include a junior college transfer and three freshmen from Utah.

Signing with the Seasiders were:

» Shayla Washington, a 5-foot-9 junior guard who was an all-region player at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. She averaged 15.9 points and 10.7 rebounds last season.

» Taylor Mann, a 6-2 forward at Emery (Utah) High, who is ranked No. 70 at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

» Brianna "Bri" Jessop, a 6-foot forward from Mountain Crest (Utah) High. She was all-state as a junior and ranked No. 82 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

» Danyele "Dee" Hoffman, a 5-7 point guard from Pleasant Grove (Utah) High.

 

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STATISTICS, SCHEDULE

Through Sunday

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  W L Pct. GB All
Hawaii-Hilo 3 0 1.000 -- 11-3
Chaminade 2 0 1.000 1/2 9-5
BYU-Hawaii 1 0 1.000 1 6-4
Grand Canyon 1 0 1.000 1 6-5
Hawaii Pacific 0 0 .000 1 1/2 5-7
Dixie State 0 1 .000 2 7-4
Dominican 0 1 .000 2 0-11
Acad. of Art 0 2 .000 2 1/2 3-9
NDNU 0 3 .000 3 2-11
Scoring
Player, School FG 3FG FT Pts Avg
Overton, AAU 82 31 51 243 20.3
Chang, BYUH 65 13 40 183 18.3
Smith, UHH 114 0 26 254 18.1
Whitehead, DSC 54 25 49 182 16.5
Davis, AAU 67 9 48 194 16.2
Ford, NDNU 55 4 75 189 14.5
Bennett, CU 68 12 51 199 14.2
Mollet, NDNU 62 14 44 182 14.0
Whipp, BYUH 54 3 25 136 13.6
Wilde, UHH 74 2 40 190 13.6
Rebounding
  GP Off Def Tot. Avg.
Whippy, BYUH 10 40 81 121 12.1
Wilde, UHH 14 34 98 132 9.4
Diarra, CU 14 39 92 131 9.4
Smith, UHH 14 36 73 109 7.8
Hanson, CU 13 15 68 84 6.5
Field Goal Percentage
  GP FG FGA Pct.
Burnett, AAU 12 36 61 .590
Tchatchoua, GC 11 33 56 .589
Diarra, CU 14 77 133 .579
Smith, UHH 14 114 197 .579
Collins, Dom 11 34 62 .548
Assists
  GP No. Avg.
Bennett, CU 14 77 5.5
Gipson, UHH 14 72 5.1
Barnes, DSC 11 55 5.0
Gameren, BYUH 8 33 4.1
Whippy, BYUH 10 38 3.8
3-Point Field Goals
42: Hanson, CU. 31: Overton, AAU; Snel, UHH. 25: Whitehead, DSC. 24: Dastrup, BYUH.
Steals
32: Whippy, BYUH. 16: Gipson, UHH; Bennett, CU. 15: Barnes, DSC; Speed, GCU. 14: Wilde, UHH.
Blocks
45: Diarra, CU. 20: Fricke, NDNU. 17: Ngoundjo, GCU. 13: Shipman, UHH. 12: Smith.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  W L Pct. GB All
NDNU 3 0 1.000 -- 6-6
Dixie St. 1 0 1.000 1 11-1
Hawaii-Hilo 2 1 .667 1 5-5
Acad. of Art 1 1 .500 1 1/2 3-8
Hawaii Pacific 0 0 .000 1 1/2 6-3
Grand Canyon 0 1 .000 2 12-2
Dominican 0 1 .000 2 2-9
BYU-Hawaii 0 1 .000 2 1-8
Chaminade 0 2 .000 2 1/2 0-9
Scoring
Player, School FG 3FG FT Pts Avg
Murphy, GCU 104 41 93 342 24.4
L.Zasly, NDNU 73 18 33 197 16.4
Rieben, BYUH 48 28 23 147 16.3
Brown, DSC 64 1 46 175 15.9
Hill, DSC 64 6 43 177 14.8
K. Zasly, NDNU 61 10 43 175 14.6
Janusch, Dom 34 19 50 137 13.7
Adams, DSC 49 29 25 152 12.7
Nelson, GCU 74 6 21 175 12.5
Hopkins, HPU 41 5 25 112 12.4
Gravely, HPU 39 9 22 119 12.1
Rebounding
  GP Off Def Tot. Avg.
Mullins, NDNU 12 51 84 135 11.3
Brown, DSC 11 36 84 120 10.9
Nolan, AAU 11 35 73 108 9.8
Peets, AAU 11 31 48 80 7.3
Butler, GCU 14 39 62 101 7.2
Field Goal Percentage
  GP FG FGA Pct.
Butler, GCU 14 48 75 .640
Hill, DSC 12 64 113 .566
Schultz, UHH 9 28 51 .549
Nolan, AAU 11 50 93 .538
Brown, DSC 11 64 123 .520
Assists
  GP No. Avg.
Tompkison, BYUH 9 48 5.3
Nelson, GCU 14 65 4.6
Saia, NDNU 12 42 3.5
Brown, DSC 11 38 3.5
Huskey, HPU 8 27 3.4
3-Point Field Goals
41: Murphy, GCU. 32: DeRosier, AAU. 29: Adams, DSC. 28: Rieben, BYUH.

Steals
41: Murphy, GCU; Nelson, GCU. 31: Hill, DSC. 29: K. Zasly, NDNU. 27: Vaifanua, DSC. 25: Rieben, BYUH. 22: Gravely, HPU; Imai, UHH. 21: Savini, HPU; Tompkison, BYUH.

Blocks
42: Carlson, DSC. 12: Buster, HPU. 9: Brown, DSC. 8: Hill, DSC. 6: Hopkins, HPU.

CALENDAR
Today
Audio webcast
PacWest Magazine: 10 a.m., pacificwestsports.tv

TV
PacWest Magazine: 8 p.m., OC 16/oc16.tv

Tomorrow
Basketball
Women: Dominican at BYU-Hawaii, 5 p.m., Cannon Activities Center; Academy of Art at Hawaii Pacific, 5:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena.

Men: Dominican at BYU-Hawaii, 7:30 p.m., Cannon Activities Center; Academy of Art at Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena.

Friday
Basketball
Women: Dominican at Hawaii Pacific, 5:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

Men: Dominican at Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

Sunday
Women: Hawaii-Hilo at Hawaii Pacific, 5:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

Basketball
Men: Hawaii-Hilo at Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

 






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