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UC Riverside used a third-quarter run to pull away from the Hawaii women’s basketball team for a 79-59 road victory at the Stan Sheriff Center tonight. It was the most lopsided defeat of the Big West season for host UH.

Two Highlanders did the bulk of the damage in extending the Rainbow Wahine’s losing streak to three games and giving UCR (13-10, 7-3 Big West) a season sweep of UH (8-14, 4-6). Forward Rejane Verine poured in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while guard Lauren Holt scored 21 points.

Holt poured in 15 first-half points on 6-for-7 shooting, while Verin scored 14 in the second quarter. They finished shooting a combined 19-for-29.

Leah Salanoa scored a team-high 17 points for UH. Sarah Toeaina scored 12 points and Julissa Tago added 11.

UH trailed by 13 at halftime but drew within 48-42 on a 3-pointer by Salanoa with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Riverside took the ball strong to the basket to launch a 10-0 run that gave the visitors a 16-point lead heading into the fourth.

A 9-0 UCR run late in the fourth grew the lead to as many as 28 points.

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  • Here’s our two pennies. Most of all, hard to believe that after watching film for the past two games (and now this one), coaches and players can’t see what’s happening (or more correctly, not happening) out there.

    That said, what happened to the fundamentals that was one of the strengths of last year’s team? Last year, saw some textbook rebounding boxing out. This year, not even close. So, not moving their feet on defense, everyone watching while Makenna was squeezed by two players under the basket, poor spacing and movement, etc., etc.

    Makenna played fairly well for a while and she provided some spark. But other players throughout the game seem to want to watch the game more than playing it. Ioho, on offense they seem to be playing against the defense, rather than running their offense.

    We’ll let the experts chime in on the technicalities of why other teams are getting way too many easy baskets in the paint. From a spect’s point of view, frustrating and hard to watch. Sorry, no way to sugar coat it.

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