Friday, February 2, 2001
Tipoff -- Today, 5 p.m., North Gym, Fresno, Calif.
WAHINE BASKETBALL PLAYBOOK
@ Fresno State Bulldogs
Coaches -- Hawaii: Vince Goo, 14th season (275-120, .696); Fresno State: Britt King, 9th season (101-124, .489).
Season -- Hawaii (14-4 overall, 5-2 conference); Fresno State (7-12, 3-4).
Series -- Hawaii leads, 18-6. Last meeting: UH won at home, 84-65, on March 4, 2000.
Top players -- Hawaii: Forward Kylie Galloway (6-foot, Sr., 17.0 points, 5.3 rebounds per game); forward Crystal Lee (5-11, Sr., 14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg); center Dainora Puida (6-5, Sr., 10.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg); point guard Jana Gabrielova (5-6, Jr., 8.8 ppg, 3.9 steals per game). Fresno State: Point guard Lindsay Logan (5-5, So., 17.3 ppg, 33 percent 3-point shooter); forward Omelogo Udeze (6-1, So., 12.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg); guard Tiffany Simon (5-9, So., 11.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
Keys -- The Bulldogs may be a year away from being in the upper half of the conference standings, with just one senior and no juniors. The Hawaii defense will have to hold Lindsay Logan, a 3-point specialist, in check and box out well on the boards. ... The FSU coaches will not have seen tapes of the last two Wahine games and may think a press is the way to defend UH. However, the Wahine demonstrated over the weekend that they have learned how to handle a variety of presses. ... North Gym has always been a tough place for Wahine teams. Last year Hawaii pulled out a four-point, come-from-behind victory when the Bulldogs started celebrating with a little over a minute left to play. The Hawaii players won't forget that. ... UH will enjoy a height advantage, and should be able to run a power game and take advantage of fouls. The Bulldogs have had 15 players foul out of games this season.
Also of note -- When the Rice Owls came out in the second half last Sunday and dominated play for the first three minutes, UH head coach Vince Goo called a time out at 17:06. Instead of having the Wahine on the floor sit on the bench as is customary on a full, one-minute time out, Goo had the players stand and look at the Rice bench. I wanted them to look at the Rice bench where there was a lot of activity. There was a lot of spirit at their end of the floor," Goo said. "I thought the Owls were taking control of the game and we issued a mini-challenge to our players.". ... There are four freshmen and five sophomores on FSU's 10-player roster. ... The price of a general admission ticket to FSU women's games is $1. ... Christen Roper now owns the UH single-season record for blocked shots with 55 and is fifth on the career list with 77. ... Hawaii is third nationally in field goal defense (.342) and 18th in scoring defense (58.7 points per game).
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Al Chase, Star-Bulletin