Road misery came home with the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine.
Nevada guard Tahnee Robinson scored 21 of her 27 points in the first half, putting away the woeful Wahine early in a 75-62 rout before a crowd of 652 last night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The rare Monday game on its home court did nothing to change the fortunes of last-place UH (6-15, 0-8 Western Athletic Conference), which hit the midpoint of its league schedule in worse shape than ever before in program history.
UH lost for the ninth straight time, the program’s longest losing streak since it dropped 11 straight in 1994-95. That was despite a season-low 12 turnovers, usually the team’s biggest source of problems. Shooting 32.3 percent from the field will do that to you.
"We’re not going to lie. We’re very disappointed in how we’re performing," second-year UH coach Dana Takahara-Dias said. "The standings, we are not satisfied with that by any means. We have the opportunity to play every team once more, and that’s going to be the telltale sign if we really, really have guts and courage. This is not the place we ever dreamed of being."
Nevada (14-6, 3-4) had also struggled in the first half of WAC play, but came out firing and buried the Wahine with a hail of 3-pointers. The Wolf Pack shot 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) from deep, with Robinson making six in nine attempts.
After losing all the games on its recent stretch of five road contests in a row, the Wahine looked to the Sheriff Center for sanctuary.
Robinson, the WAC’s second-leading scorer at 20.4 points per game, made sure they would find none there. The 5-foot-9 senior scored nearly as many points at the half as UH’s 22. It was the highest first-half total by a Pack player this season.
She explained the Pack addressed their disappointing 2-4 WAC record with a spirited pregame meeting, from which their energy carried into the game.
"I had the hot hand. It was kind of my night," Robinson said. "My teammates did extremely well with setting me screens and getting me the ball when I was open. I just feel like the team functioned together, finally."
She almost didn’t have to do anything in the second half; her 5-for-6 shooting on 3s in the first period was devastating.
"She was a one-person wrecking crew," Takahara-Dias said.
A 12-3 run coming out of the break drained the life out of the Wahine until garbage time; they eventually fell behind by 26 but made a big push to make the final score respectable.
UH freshman wing Shawna Kuehu led her team with 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Allie Patterson added 11 points off the bench, while senior point guard Keisha Kanekoa had 10 points and four assists.
UH freshman forward Kamilah Jackson, who went into the game tied for second in the country in rebounding average at 13.1, had only five points and three rebounds in 18 minutes. She and fellow starting forward Breanna Arbuckle were suspended the last game of last week’s road trip for violating team rules, and never seemed to get into a rhythm in their return.
The Wahine will look to end their losing streak tomorrow against Boise State (11-10, 2-5). On Saturday they play Idaho (11-8, 4-3).
Nevada 75, Hawaii 62
Boise State at Hawaii, 6 p.m.
San Jose State at Idaho
Fresno State at New Mexico State
Utah State at Nevada
Fresno State at Louisiana Tech
Utah State at Boise State
Nevada at San Jose State
Idaho at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
NEVADA 75, HAWAII 62
Wolf Pack (14-6, 3-4)
Rainbow Wahine (6-15, 0-8)
Key — fg-a: field goals made-attempted; ft-a: free throws made-attempted; rb: rebounds; pf: personal fouls; pts: total points; a: assists; to: turnovers; min: minutes played.
Halftime — Nevada 36, Hawaii 22
3-point goals — Nevada 10-22 (Robinson 6-9, Ward 2-4, Kevorken 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Cherry 0-1, Jones 0-1, Smith 0-1). Hawaii 2-5 (Gaddis 1-1, Patterson 1-1, Ayabe 0-1, Kuehu 0-1, Kanekoa 0-1).
Steals — Nevada 5 (Kevorken 2, Moore, Robinson, Williams). Hawaii 7 (Kuehu 2, Kanekoa 2, Linton 2, Gaddis). Blocked shots — Nevada 3 (Williams, Ward, Hammond). Hawaii 7 (Patterson 4, Dew, Tinnin, Arbuckle). Officials — Shelley Nakasone, Kent Johnson, Kyle Bacon. A– 652.