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Washington State claims Rainbow Wahine Classic title

    Hawaii guard Sarah Toeaina (5) tries to get around Washington State center Bianca Blanaru (24) and guard Dawnyelle Awa (11) during the first half of a women's college basketball game tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Washington State guard Dawnyelle Awa scored 16 points and the Cougars claimed the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic title with a 62-52 win over host Hawaii today at the Stan Sheriff Center.

WSU freshman Borislava Hristova tied Awa, a Konawaena graduate, for team-high honors and the Cougars (4-0) handed the Rainbow Wahine (3-1) their first loss of the season. Taylor Edmonson added 10 points for WSU.

UH guard Briana Harris knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points. The junior point guard also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Megan Huff contributed nine points off the bench and Kalei Adolpho matched Harris with nine rebounds.

Harris and center Connie Morris were named to the all-tournament team for UH. Awa and Hristova, the tournament MVP, represented Washington State.

UH opened up an eight-point lead in the second quarter and Sarah Toeaina capped an 11-1 run with a putback while drawing a foul.

Washington State responded with an 8-0 run to close the half and took a 32-31 lead when Edmonson drove for a layup with 5 seconds left.

The Cougars led the rest of the way with Awa putting the game out of reach with a driving jumper to beat the shot clock with 1:13 left, giving WSU a 58-50 lead.

UH opens the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday. The Rainbow Wahine also face No. 14 Arizona State and No. 2 South Carolina in the three-day tournament.

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