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.