The Hawaii women’s basketball team was unable to take over first place in the Big West Conference as league leader UC Davis turned back the Rainbow Wahine 65-48 tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
A crowd of 1,084 — a season high not including doubleheader games with the UH men — saw a competitive game for three quarters, but the Aggies (15-11, 10-3 Big West) won the fourth quarter 16-5 to snuff out the hopes of the Rainbow Wahine (14-11, 8-4) and snap their six-game winning streak.
The three-time defending Big West regular-season champions held the Wahine to 24.6% shooting from the field, including 11.8% (2-for-17) in the fourth.
UH’s top two scorers on the season, Julissa Tago and Amy Atwell, were held to a combined eight points on 3-for-18 shooting. Center Lauren Rewers tied her career high of 17 points to lead the Wahine.
UCD pounced on turnovers in the second quarter to go on a 13-0 run and take a 26-14 lead. The Wahine rallied to within 33-26 at halftime.
Rewers rallied the Wahine in the third, sinking a series of perimeter shots. Courtney Middap missed a corner 3, grabbed her own rebound and put it in, plus the foul, to tie it at 42.
Tago had a pull-up 3 rim out at the third-quarter buzzer and the Aggies held a 49-43 lead.
The Aggies pushed the advantage to open the fourth quarter. After a 3 by UH’s Savannah Reier, the visitors closed the game on a 16-2 run.