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Wahine shake rust, then HPU

By Brian McInnis


jamm aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.comHawaii's Ashleigh Karaitiana wrestled a rebound away from Hawaii Pacific's Susannah Walmsley.

The rust was audible, but understandable.

After a sluggish start, the Hawaii women's basketball team defeated Division II neighbor Hawaii Pacific 72-62 in a Tuesday night exhibition at the Stan Sheriff Center.

A seventeen-day layoff has a way of blunting effectiveness. And if not for this unusually-timed exhibition — almost all occur in the preseason — UH would have gone nearly all of December without a game of any kind.

UH coach Laura Beeman was grateful for the opportunity to play Reid Takatsuka's Sea Warriors to interrupt the malaise heading into winter break. It will be another 10 days before UH (2-6) plays an official game, vs. Long Island in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational.

The Wahine trailed by a point at halftime, but reserve point guard Monica DeAngelis hit four second-half 3-pointers to help her team assert control.

"Basically (at halftime) it was, be accountable, please," Beeman said. "No yelling, no Xs and Os. We did not want to go out in this part of our season with this kind of game, where there's no accountability.

"Be accountable for yourself and let's go out and do what we need to do, and do it in about eight minutes and call it a day. But no disrespect to HPU, they're a good team, and they do what they do well."

UH went on an 11-2 run to start the second half against HPU's four-out, one-in system. DeAngelis hit consecutive 3s to open a 46-35 lead and the closest the game got from there was nine.

"It's been an interesting month with very few games and a lot of practice," DeAngelis said. "The first half wasn't very good, we didn't do a very good job of executing our game plan. But when we started getting rolling, I thought we did a much better job."

Making returns to the court were sophomore center Kalei Adolpho (six points, five rebounds) and junior wing Shawna Kuehu (eight points, three boards). Adolpho returned from UH volleyball season and Kuehu shook off a concussion she suffered at the start of the season.

"It felt pretty good. It took a while to shake off the rust and get the game legs back," Kuehu said. "This game wasn't a shocker that we hadn't prepared for it. We were pretty much shaking off all the rust."

Based on practice performance, Beeman went with a new look for her starting group: Marissa Wimbley, Kanisha Bello and Stephanie Ricketts joined mainstays Ashleigh Karaitiana and Kamilah Martin. Martin scored a team-high 14 points.

The UH bench outscored HPU's 43-12, eventually overpowering a 22-point, 9-for-15 shooting outing by HPU starting forward Ieva Nagy.

UH also shared the ball exceptionally well, posting 22 assists against only 11 turnovers. Eleven Wahine scored.

The much smaller Sea Warriors came out fearless, boosting to leads of 5-2, 14-6, 19-10 and 22-11.

UH took its first lead at 25-24 on an inside hoop by Kuehu with five minutes left in the half. The Sea Warriors reclaimed the lead and took a 30-29 lead into halftime while outrebounding the Wahine 22-17.

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danji wrote:
I guess Jim Donovan is responsible for the terrible scheduling of the men' and women's basketball and the wpmen's volleyball with big gaps is the schedule. How can any team build consistency with that kind of schedule. Now I believe that Donovan wasn't the man for the job. I hope Cal-State don't have that kind of scheduling.
on December 19,2012 | 04:05AM
whatcanisay wrote:
Maybe the reason for the gap in the schedule is for the STUDENT athletes mid-term exams??
on December 19,2012 | 08:35AM
STARA25 wrote:
Congrats HPU, Tough 'D', impressive percentage propelled a 22-11 lead. Good game-plan! Wahine, Liked the way you maintain composure, meeting the challenge at hand, finished with a shinny polish. Keep it up. fans will be coming! Mahalo for a good game after all. Mele Kalikimaka!
on December 19,2012 | 06:13AM
PokeStop wrote:
Isn't that UH's Kalei Adolpho in the photo versus Karaitiana? Sure looks like Kalei.
on December 19,2012 | 06:54AM
STARA25 wrote:
They do looked like sisters. Uniform wise: Ashleigh (22); Kalei (32)!
on December 19,2012 | 08:56AM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
No, that's Ashleigh.
on December 19,2012 | 10:52AM
STARA25 wrote:
It's funny! Kalei does have a picture on the "Photo Gallery".
on December 19,2012 | 11:32AM
hawaiianstyle wrote:
Rust?? No excuses! HPU also hadn't played for a couple of weeks. They just came out hungrier and determined from the jump. UH is bigger, faster, stronger and deeper. No way it should've been this close. HPU's best player (Skye Savini) didn't play either. Outcome may have been different if she did. A win is a win I guess but Kuehu's comments are embarrassing for her and a DI program whose budget and resources far exceed HPU's. Admit you got outplayed then get back in the gym and fix what you need to and get better.
on December 19,2012 | 12:04PM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Finally Kuehu plays in a game. The starting line-up should be Adolpho, Martin, Kuehu, DeAngellis and King.
on December 19,2012 | 01:34PM
BTO wrote:
Also like to mention that where Tagalicod goes so goes Martin. Without Vicky feeding and occupying the middle and post area, Martin struggles. Coincidence? no, feeding the post on isolations not going to get Martin going. There has to be an away action first to keep the defenses honest. That is where Vicky can make Jackson-Martin more effective.
on December 19,2012 | 02:50PM
BTO wrote:
Uh did not shoot well, Karaitiana shot only 30% from the field (3-10) in 26 minutes. Tagalicod scored seven but shot 60% from the field (3-5). Why isn't Vicky Tagalicod getting more minutes, she played only 11 minutes?? She also had three more rebounds that Karaitiana? Tagalicod also does the intangibles, control, team play and everyone rallies around her...
on December 19,2012 | 02:47PM
808comp wrote:
What the heck happened here, the Wahine's had such a long lay off. I hope Coach Beeman come up with a better sked next year.
on December 19,2012 | 03:14PM
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