A back-and-forth battle on Day 1 of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown went the way of Hawaii, which posted its fourth straight victory, 70-63 over Marist tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Marist (1-3) led by six in the fourth quarter but went cold in crunch time, as UH (4-1) went on a 12-0 run across nearly five minutes.
Sarah Toeaina (team-high 14 points) tied it up at 57 on a basket inside with four minutes left. Makenna Woodfolk (12 points) put her team up with a free throw and Toeaina scored on a leaner to make it a 9-0 run. Leah Salanoa followed with a 3-pointer, her first field goal of the game.
Julissa Tago (13 points) hit two free throws with 22.1 seconds left for a 68-63 lead. The Foxes missed a 3 and Woodfolk made two more at the stripe.
UH rallied from an eight-point first-quarter deficit to lead by a point at halftime, but fell behind by one after three periods when Allie Clement took a long rebound for a layup at the quarter buzzer.
Alana Gilmer led Marist of the MAAC with 22 points.