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Wahine battle back for victory on senior night

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Freshman Kamilah Jackson made two free throws with 3/10ths of a second left in overtime to deliver a 72-71 overtime senior night victory for the Hawaii women’s basketball team over Utah State at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday.

Utah State scored the first 11 points of the game and Hawaii trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half before a turnstile crowd of 1,008.

UH finished its Western Athletic Conference season at 5-11 and improved to 11-17 overall.

Jackson led the Rainbow Wahine with 21 points and was game-high with 19 rebounds.

Banna Diop was game-high and paced Utah State (15-13, 9-6 WAC) with 22 points.

Both teams advance to next week’s WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.

Hawaii’s five seniors — Keisha Kanekoa, Mai Ayabe, Megan Tinnin, Julita Bungaite and Allie Patterson — started the game.

The Wahine battled back late in the second half, and Kanekoa’s no-look pass to Jackson under the basket for a layup closed it to 60-50 with 8:05 left.

Bungaite hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 63 with 2:45 left, and Tinnin hit another trey the next time down the court to give UH its first lead at 66-63.

Jackson’s bucket gave UH a 68-66 lead with 1:8 left, but the Aggies’ Ashlee Brown made two free throws with a minute left to tie it and send it to overtime.

Alice Coddington hit two free throws and Brown one to put Utah State ahead 71-68 in overtime.

Jackson scored on a pass from Tinnin with 39 seconds left before making the decisive free throws after a Utah State traveling violation with 10 seconds left.

Tinnin finished with 18 points and Kanekoa 16.

Diop added 11 rebounds for USU and Brown scored 17 points.

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