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Thursday, November 11, 1999

Wahine Playbook


At Southern Methodist Mustangs
and Texas Christian Horned Frogs

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Bullet Tomorrow: No. 3 Hawaii (20-1, 9-0) at SMU (17-10, 6-2), 3 p.m. HST. Saturday: Hawaii at TCU (8-16, 2-6).

Bullet Coaches -- Hawaii: Dave Shoji (25th season, 701-136-1). SMU: Lisa Seifert (4th, 53-70). TCU: Sandy Troudt (4th, 32-66).

Bullet Series: Hawaii leads SMU, 3-0. In their last meeting on Oct. 16, the Wahine needed just 90 minutes to sweep the Mustangs at the Stan Sheriff Center. Heather Bown had 17 kills and hit .640. Hawaii leads TCU, 2-0. In the Oct. 1 match at the Sheriff Center, Lily Kahumoku put down 12 kills in the 90-minute sweep.

Bullet Top players -- Hawaii: Heather Bown (6-3 Sr. MB) 4.17 kpg, .378, 2.32 bpg, 21 aces; Jessica Sudduth (6-2 Jr. LS) 3.15 kpg, .219, 21 aces, 2.50 dpg; Veronica Lima (6-2 So. MB) 2.00 kpg, .287, 2.53 dpg, 1.09 bpg, 22 aces; Jennifer Carey (6-1 Fr. S) 11.88 apg, 2.61 dpg, 1.11 bpg; Lily Kahumoku (6-2 Fr. LS) 3.32 kpg, .322, 1.82 dpg. SMU: Erin Pryor (6-0 Sr. OH) 3.92 kpg, .231, 2.83; Melissa Godwin (6-0 Jr. MB) 3.41 kpg, .202; Leslie Olson (5-5 Sr. S) 12.66 apg; Kelly Klecka (6-0 Jr. OH) 3.07 kpg, 2.68 dpg. TCU: Marci King (6-1 So. OH) 3.01 kpg, .173, 2.66 dpg; Allison Lynch (6-0 So. MB) 2.75 kpg, .283, 1.01 pbg; Jill Pape (5-10 Sr. OH) 2.37 kpg; Lindsay Hayes (5-1 So. S) 10.97 apg, 1.81 dpg.

Bullet About the Wahine: Hawaii celebrated Dave Shoji's 700th career victory by giving him No. 701 with a 15-3, 15-1, 15-2 sweep of Tulsa in 65 minutes. It was the Wahine's first home appearance since seeing their 31-match home win streak ended by Stanford on Oct. 24. Bown set a WAC record, hitting .889 with 16 kills, no errors and 18 attempts. Back in the starting lineup together for the first time were Lima (flu) and Kahumoku (back) ... The Wahine continue to lead the country in blocks per game (4.04) with Player of the Year candidate Bown, No. 1 nationally in block average. As a team, Hawaii leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.289) and blocks, and is third in kills (15.87) and aces (1.63) ... It is homecoming weekend for Kahumoku, who was raised in Lubbock, Texas.

Bullet About the Mustangs: SMU has won its last five matches, including Saturday's 3-0 win over TCU. The Mustangs are third in the WAC, just a half-game behind San Jose State, a team they upset on Oct. 23 to start their winning streak ... Olson, a four-year starter, is ranked sixth all-time in WAC assists.

Bullet About the Horned Frogs: TCU has lost nine of its last 11 matches, including a 3-1 loss to host Texas-Arlington on Tuesday. The Frogs had five players in double-kill figures, led by King's 17. TCU will face UTEP tomorrow before playing Hawaii.

Bullet On the air: Live on KCCN (1420-AM).

Bullet Next up: Hawaii concludes its final conference road trip of the season Monday at Texas-El Paso (3 p.m. HST).

Bullet End quote: "This is not an easy trip, in terms of travel and having to play three matches in four days,'' said Shoji. "We're hoping next season, we won't have to play on back-to-back nights.''


By Cindy Luis



Wallace picking up the pace

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Facing a tough exhibition game against a well-conditioned California Midwest All-stars team on Sunday, Riley Wallace stepped up the pressure last night at practice in the Stan Sheriff Center.

"We have to show a tremendous amount of conditioning this week," he said, noting that the collegiate opener against Tennessee-Martin is just a week from tomorrow.

"We put penalties in. Every time they got back-to-back turnovers, they got a set of lines (end-to-end sprints on the court)."

Wallace finished the night by having the team do double sets of sprints twice. Each double set had to be done in 22 seconds.

Everyone made it under the clock, including 7-footer Todd Fields, and that pleased Wallace.

Hawaii routed a newly organized Northwest All-stars team four days ago, 89-67. But the California Midwest All-stars are bigger, better and have played together as a team against Division I programs since Nov. 1.

Last year, the California West All-stars beat Hawaii, 80-72, in the Rainbows' exhibition opener.

"They have to be in pretty darned good shape because they've been playing every night," said Wallace. The all-stars have played nine Division I teams in the last 10 days. They lost to DePaul, 49-40, on Nov. 7 and trailed by only a point at the half to North Carolina State on Nov. 3. The all-stars lost that game, 91-84.

"They'll be wiser on the floor," said Wallace. "They have 10 to 12 guys and they're coming here to win."

The all-stars have a 7-footer in Leif Nelson (Washington State 1998) and a 6-9 player in Alvin Robinson (Loyola of Chicago, 1999).

The game will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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Nerijus Puida, the 6-4 junior small forward from Lithuania injured last week in a bicycle accident, practiced at full speed in yesterday's half-court drills.

Asked if he might assume his starting role at the "3" on Sunday, Wallace said he won't rule it out.

"But Lane (O'Connor) is playing pretty good, so I don't know yet," he said.

O'Connor, a 6-7 junior, had 17 points and no turnovers in Sunday's exhibition.

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Geremy Robinson, the 6-4 senior who also can play the 3, has been almost perfect from around the arc and the baseline in drills the past week. "He's been looking good," said Wallace. "He's playing better and he's listening to the coaches. I see progress. He's improved 100 percent."

Robinson scored 15 points and made a steal during a nine-minute stretch of the second half Sunday. He had only one turnover.

Wallace had been critical of Robinson for not staying within the offense. "He'll still make mistakes but at least now he's trying to please us," he said.

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Wallace said he plans to go with sophomore Mike McIntyre as the No. 2 point guard in his rotation for now.

Freshman point guard Carl English, originally signed to back up starting point guard Johnny White, is hampered by ligament trouble in his left ankle.

The 6-4 Newfoundlander continues to practice with the team. Wallace is contemplating redshirting him.

"I have to go with Mike because Carl might not be there," said Wallace.

Wallace used English for seven minutes on Sunday, pairing him with starting point guard Johnny White.

"I'm using him in two-guard fronts," said Wallace. "I have to get him to where he handles pressure well and gets things started up front."

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Bernard McIntosh, a 6-7 junior forward who received therapy for back spasms earlier this week, received praise in practice last night from his coaches for his work under the offensive glass. McIntosh started on Sunday and had eight rebounds and seven points.

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Season ticket sales are at 87 percent of last year despite a mandatory donation of $15 for lower level this year, according to associate athletic director Jim Donovan.

Donovan said that includes 81 percent renewals.


By Pat Bigold



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