Hawaii guard Briana Harris tied a career high with five 3-pointers and the Rainbow Wahine basketball team held off San Jose State 76-73 in a nonconference game today in San Jose, Calif.
Harris led the Rainbow Wahine (6-5) with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting; center Kalei Adolpho finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Megan Huff added 13 points. Ashleigh Karaitiana posted 11 points and four rebounds before fouling out late in the game.
San Jose State guard Dezz Ramos led all scorers with 26 points.
UH and SJSU went into the fourth quarter tied 51-51 and Harris knocked down a 3-pointer to give UH the lead to open the period.
After UH took a 62-57 lead, SJSU closed the gap to one but the Wahine answered with two Destiny King free throws and Harris’ corner 3-pointer.
The Wahine extended a 67-65 lead when Huff hit two free throws and later scored off an assist from Karaitiana with about a minute left and UH held on the rest of the way.
UH improved to 4-0 on the road and will take a break for Christmas before concluding its holiday season road trip at CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 30.
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Congratulations to the Bows! Great win, albeit a close one. Happy the team reduced its turnovers significantly—a good sign. Again the strength of Hawaii is its inside game, the rebounding and scoring of Kalei Adolpho and Megan Huff, with the support of its strong rebounding guards. Hope the 3 point shooting of Harris continues; strong outside shooting would make Hawaii formidable. Admit a bit frustrated with the shredding of the defense by SJS’s Ramos in the second half but kudos for her for having a great game.