RAINBOW WAHINE BASKETBALL
UH goes after fourth straight
The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine will attempt to extend a modest three-game winning streak tomorrow when they open a two-game home series against the Campbell Fighting Camels of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The three consecutive wins matches the high of a year ago.
CAMPBELL AT HAWAII
When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
Radio: Both games live on KKEA, 1420-AM.
Tickets: General admission. $7 adults, $5 seniors. UH students with valid ID and children 4-18 free.
The Wahine (5-2) have not played an opponent back-to-back since the 1995-96 season, when they split a pair with Buffalo, losing the first game by 17 points, then rebounding to win the rematch by 12.
"With two games like this you have a short turnaround time to make any real adjustments. You don't have a real practice, just a shootaround before the second game," said UH coach Jim Bolla.
"It can be easy or it can be hard. It depends on the outcome (of the first game). If you are the winner, then you continue to do what you've been doing and you try to figure out how they might adjust."
The Camels (3-4) have won three of their last four games after starting the season 0-3. They are 0-2 on the road. This is their first visit to Hawaii and their first game west of the Mississippi River.
Offensively, the Camels, who run a three-guard offense, are led by 6-foot-1 forward/center Adrienne Rieley (10.7 points per game) and 5-3 guard Letitia Dickson (10.3 ppg). Rieley also is the top rebounder, with 7.6 per game.
"Right now it looks like we have a height advantage at every spot on the floor," said Bolla. "They are 6-1, 6-1 (Rieley and Jennifer Lodge) up front. They run a lot of high-low stuff, kind of like the stuff we do."
The Wahine will try to make good use of the height advantage. They eventually did that in their last game against Santa Clara, with junior center Brittany Grice leading the way with career highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Grice leads the Wahine this season with three double-doubles, including the last two games.
Her 12.1 scoring average is second only to senior guard Amy Sanders (14.9 ppg). The balanced Wahine offense also gets 11.4 points a game from junior wing Pam Tambini and 11.3 per game from junior guard Janevia Taylor.
In three of their five victories this season, the Wahine trailed at the half. They have yet to trail at the break and not come back to win in the second half.
This is final exam week on the Manoa campus. Bolla had one word of advice for his players after the Santa Clara win.
"I told them that I don't need any surprises academically," said Bolla.