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Rainbow Wahine fall to Cal Poly on senior night

  • STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Hawaii guard and senior Sarah Toeaina (5) attempts to drive through traffic defended by Cal Poly center Devin Stanback (14) tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Hawaii women’s basketball team rallied from an early hole, then fell behind for good in a 67-61 loss to Cal Poly tonight, snapping a nine-year streak of Rainbow Wahine wins on senior night.

Lone outgoing senior Sarah Toeaina scored 19 points on 13-for-19 free throws in the final home game of her career, but UH (12-17, 5-11 Big West) finished in eighth place. The Wahine face fifth-place Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Big West tournament on Tuesday at Cal State Fullerton.

Cal Poly guard Dynn Leaupepe scored 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting as the Mustangs (17-11, 11-5) claimed second place and a double-bye into the tournament semis.

UH rallied to tie it at 31 by halftime and briefly took a third-quarter lead before Cal Poly went into the fourth up 50-47.

Emily Anderson’s three-point play put the Mustangs up six with 5:25 left. Tia Kanoa hit a jumper and Toeaina had a look inside through contact, but the ball went out and there was no call.

Toeaina scored on a finger roll to stay within 60-56 with four minutes left. Toeaina’s free throw made it 62-57.

Kanoa stole the ball but Toeaina was called for a charge near the basket.

Woodfolk blocked Leaupepe out of bounds and Leaupepe turned it over on a shot-clock violation on the ensuing inbounds play.

Toeaina hit one of two at the line for a 62-58 deficit with 26 seconds left but UH had to take fouls. Leaupepe made two. Kanoa sank a 3, cutting the lead in half, but Leaupepe converted two more. Lahni Salanoa and Kanoa were off on desperation 3s.

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