Wahine’s Jackson is player of week
Hawaii women’s basketball freshman forward Kamilah Jackson was named the Western Athletic Conference player of the week yesterday for her heroics on senior night last Thursday.
Jackson had 21 points, 19 rebounds and the game-winning free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to send UH’s five seniors off with a 72-71 win over Utah State at the Stan Sheriff Center.
It was the first such award for a Rainbow Wahine player since Keisha Kanekoa received it in December 2008. Jackson, the fourth-leading rebounder in the country with a 12.0 average, recorded her 12th double-double of the season and broke Judy Mosley’s UH freshman rebounding record by reaching 323 boards.
The seventh-seeded Wahine (11-18, 5-11 WAC) flew up to Las Vegas for the WAC tournament last night. They play sixth-seeded New Mexico State (13-17, 7-9) in the first round on Wednesday at the Orleans Arena.
5 PacWest teams in NCAA tourneys
The Pacific West Conference made history yesterday with three men’s and two women’s teams selected for their respective NCAA Division II basketball tournaments.
In the men’s West Regional hosted by Central Washington, PacWest co-champions Dixie State (20-6) and Chaminade (20-8) will meet in Friday’s first round. The Red Storm were seeded fourth and the Silverswords fifth. Also selected as the seventh seed was Brigham Young-Hawaii (17-8), which will play Cal State Dominguez Hills (23-6) on Friday.
In the women’s West Region at Cal Poly Pomona, PacWest champion Grand Canyon (27-2) was seeded second and conference runner-up Dixie State (24-3) sixth. Third-place Hawaii Pacific (18-7) was not selected for the tournament that begins Friday.
HPU defeats Gonzaga in tennis
Hawaii Pacific topped Gonzaga 6-1 in women’s tennis yesterday at Central Oahu Regional Park.
Zora Vickova, Celina Goetti and Aleksandra Stankovic all won in both singles and doubles for the Sea Warriors.
Hawaii Pacific, Grand Canyon split
Keanu Kapana went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Hawaii Pacific to a 10-8 win over Grand Canyon in the second game of a baseball doubleheader yesterday at Hans L’Orange Park.
Grand Canyon won the first game 10-9, as R.J. Etchebarren went 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Ho, Moore advance to quarters
Hawaii’s Coco Ho and Carissa Moore won their fourth-round heats yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, an ASP World Tour surf contest.