RAINBOW WAHINE BASKETBALL
Wahine get 2 back from suspensions
The Hawaii women's basketball team will be a little deeper for tonight's game against Utah State than it was Monday against Boise State.
The Rainbow Wahine will have two of the three players suspended for the Boise matchup back for tonight's Western Athletic Conference game.
UTAH STATE AT HAWAII
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
TV: Live, KFVE, Channel 5
Radio: Live, KKEA, 1420-AM
Tickets: All seats general admission. $7 adults, $6 seniors. UH students with valid ID and children ages 4-18 free.
Notes: The Aggies lead the series 3-0.
Junior forward Pam Tambini and sophomore Saundra Cariaga were reinstated to the team by UH coach Jim Bolla yesterday after serving a one-game suspension for violation of team policy.
Six-foot-4 junior center Alofa Toiaivao, averaging 8.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game, remains suspended indefinitely.
"I'm disappointed that it came to this kind of situation. We have addressed the issue and resolved it," Bolla said. "The players have taken responsibility for their actions and hopefully the team will be ready to move forward."
Tambini and Cariaga will perform 10 hours of community service and will be on a one-year probation.
"It was a learning experience. It was embarrassing for me, my family, the coaches, the team and school. I don't want it to happen again. I'm happy to be back on the team," said Cariaga.
Tambini is averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. Her rebound average is third best on the team. The 5-10 San Jose, Calif., resident has started 14 of 15 games.
"It's a very good learning experience," said Tambini. "I made the wrong decision and you have to pay the price for making a bad decision. We paid the price and now it's time to move on."
Cariaga, a 5-10 guard from Kealakehe High School, has played in nine games and is averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds a game.
The Rainbow Wahine (10-6 overall, 1-4 WAC) will attempt to end a four-game losing streak tonight against the Aggies (1-14, 0-5) at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Note: Junior center Brittany Grice has moved into fourth place on the career list for blocked shots with 126.