Hawaii senior Destiny King scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and the Rainbow Wahine basketball team earned its third straight win with a 64-58 victory at Cal Poly today in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
UH guard Marissa Wimbley hit three of UH’s eight 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and the Wahine (13-9, 6-3 Big West) picked up its first win at the Mott Athletic Center in program history.
UH rose into third place in the Big West standings continues its road trip with a game at UC Santa Barbara (8-14, 5-3) on Saturday.
The Wahine overcame a career-best 31 point performance by Cal Poly guard Dynn Leaupepe. Beth Balbierz added 10 for the Mustangs (10-11, 3-5).
Cal Poly center Hannah Gilbert, the conference’s leading rebounder entering the game, went to the bench with her second foul with 2 minutes left in the first quarter, but Leaupepe powered the Mustangs in the second quarter with 12 points and her jumper gave Cal Poly a 31-29 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs opened up a four-point lead in the third quarter, but Wimbley hit two 3-pointers late in the period and UH took a 46-45 lead into the fourth.
Cal Poly edged ahead 47-46 early in the final period before UH point guard Olivia Crawford hit a pull-up jumper then drained a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give UH the lead.
After a Wimbley 3-pointer gave UH a seven-point cushion, Leaupepe scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to 56-53. But King answered with a jumper and a drive off the wing to put UH back in control.