Sports Wahine seniors hope to capture the magic By Brian McInnis Feb. 23, 2012 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COMSeniors Courtney Gaddis, Carlotta Mingo, Rebecca Dew and Breanna Arbuckle play their final home game on Saturday. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. They can’t possibly top themselves this time … can they? Little seems impossible when it comes to senior nights for the Hawaii women’s basketball team. The Rainbow Wahine get a chance to add to recent end-of-season lore when they face first-place Fresno State today and last-place Nevada in the 2011-12 home finale on Saturday. WAHINE BASKETBALL At Stan Sheriff Center » Today: Hawaii (10-15, 5-5 WAC) vs. Fresno State (22-4, 10-0) » Saturday (senior night): Hawaii vs. Nevada (5-20, 1-9) » Time: 7 p.m. both nights » TV: OC Sports Ch. 12 » Radio: KKEA, 1420-AM On senior night against Utah State last season, the Wahine came back from 21 points down to beat the Aggies 72-71 in overtime. The year before, UH held on against Boise State, 66-64. And the time before that, Keisha Kanekoa put in a layup with 9 seconds left for a 68-67 defeat of the Broncos. Breanna Arbuckle, one of four Wahine seniors, was there for each one of those emotional games. "It’s just because we have an energy, and then our teammates help us out because they know the night is really important to us," she said. Wing Courtney Gaddis and centers Rebecca Dew and Carlotta Mingo are the others appearing at home for the final times this week. Of the four, Arbuckle is the most accomplished; she is a three-year starter and is fourth on the career list for blocked shots with 139. But that’s not to undersell the contributions of Gaddis, Dew and Mingo. "All of them in their own right have contributed much to Wahine basketball," third-year UH coach Dana Takahara-Dias said. "Maybe not necessarily in minutes played, but when it comes to morale, chemistry and personality, they will be sorely missed." Gaddis, a pre-med student, is lauded as a role model for her grace and generosity. As a junior she donated bone marrow to an ill child who is since on the mend. Dew was the team leader in the classroom and was the program’s first player named to the CoSIDA All-District 8 Academic first team. And Mingo, a Guyana native by way of New York, was a valuable practice player who came from afar to earn a college degree. Some senior magic might have leaked out early this year; the fourth-place Wahine swept last week’s road trip to New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech — earning just their second win in Ruston, La., and first home-and-home sweep of the Lady Techsters. Keeping it going against the perennial power Bulldogs could be another matter. UH lost by 35 points at Fresno last month, and followed it up with a head-scratching loss at home to Idaho. But who knows? Calling this season unpredictable is an understatement. "We really do keep it random," Arbuckle said. Breanna Arbuckle, 6-0 G/F, Chandler, Ariz. The uber-athletic Arbuckle, who goes by "Batty" or "Batman" because of her soaring ability, was the rare four-year player at UH who came from the mainland straight out of high school. She only started playing basketball as a high schooler. Arbuckle: "It’s been amazing. I couldn’t just say this was my best year. I’d say all of them together. The entire time I was here was the best time of my life. I wouldn’t even change it for the world." She will receive her degree in sociology this summer and plans to play professionally in Europe. Courtney Gaddis, 5-11 G/F, Honolulu Gaddis played at Division III Whitworth out of Kalani High, having initially ruled out UH as an option. But she transferred home after a year, earned a scholarship, and has hit several big shots from long range this year as a 45.8 percent 3-point shooter. Gaddis: "It feels great just to represent a place that you love and a place you grew up. To play in front of your family and friends, it feels really good. It’s one of my dreams come true to be a Wahine, and I didn’t think it was possible. But I’m just enjoying it, soaking it all in. This last year has been a lot of fun." She is set to receive her degree in biology pre-med this spring and is awaiting word on admittance to medical school. Rebecca Dew, 6-4 C, Auckland, New Zealand The U.S.-born Dew came across the Pacific to be a Wahine. She has appeared in all but four games this season. Her brother, Ben, is a lineman on the UH football team. Dew: "I’ve been imagining it, especially the last senior years. Dear friends graduating before me. Just imagining how it’s going to happen to me so fast. … I’m going to miss all the workouts, as painful as they are … and all the community service we’ve done and time we’ve given back to the community." The English major is set to graduate this spring. Afterward, she hopes to play with the New Zealand national team. Carlotta Mingo, 5-11 C, Mahaica, Guyana Mingo, or "Mo," came to UH out of Harcum College in Pennsylvania and provided depth as a practice player, particularly as a rebounder. She has appeared in seven games this season. Mingo: "My teammates always come out and play hard and try to make the best out of practice. Try to make the best out of our games, and just have fun. … I’m going to miss my teammates. Love them dearly, and the fans who always come out and support us." She plans to graduate after the fall in interdisciplinary studies, then pursue a job as either a social worker or police officer. Previous Story Lin, Knicks rout Hawks 99-82, head to Miami Next Story Jeremy Lin wants to own the term 'Linsanity'