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Wahine basketball team falls to UC Davis in first road loss of season

UC Davis rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to send the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team to a 60-58 loss today in Davis, Calif.

The Rainbow Wahine hit a season-high 11 3-pointers over the first three quarters, but were outscored 19-10 in the fourth and fell to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in Big West play with their first road loss of the season.

UC Davis forward Morgan Bertsch led the Aggies (9-6, 2-0) with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field and forward Alyson Doherty added 16 points, hitting the go-ahead basket with 2:14 left.

UH senior Ashleigh Karaitiana drained five 3-pointers to lead UH with 15 points and freshman guard Olivia Crawford went 3-for-4 from long range to finish with a season-high 12 points.

With UC Davis leading 60-57, Crawford was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.3 seconds left. Crawford made the first of three free throws, but the second rolled off the rim. After a UC Davis timeout, Crawford missed the third and time expired in the scramble for the rebound.

UC Davis shot 48 percent from the field, went 10-for-14 from the free-throw line and outscored UH 32-6 in the paint. The Aggies also outrebounded UH 35-28.

UH shot 36 percent overall and went 11-for-22 from 3-point range and 7-for-11 from the line. UH was whistled for 19 fouls to nine for UCD.

The Rainbow Wahine return to the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday to face CSUN.

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  • This team is frustrating to watch. Inconsistent. The only thing consistent is that they keep making the same mistakes. Lucky its just the start of conference play.

    • Actually, this loss was a bit atypical. Wahine got pounded in the paint, where it’s usually stronger than on the perimeter. UH’s three bigs combined for 14 points; Davis’ three bigs combined for 50. Huge difference there.
      Well, as you said, it’s early … gotta win ’em all at home.

  • For a change, UC Davis had a distinct size advantage over the Wahine and it showed on both defense and offense. Most of the game the Aggies shot over the Wahine. Perhaps, the Wahine should not have tried muscling inside so much but kick out more for “three” attempts, which was quite successful when tried, especially by Harris, Crawford, and Karaitiana.

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