RAINBOW WAHINE BASKETBALL
UH and Idaho try to halt skids
Which women's basketball team, Hawaii or Idaho, will stop a losing streak tomorrow night when the Rainbow Wahine and the Vandals play at the Stan Sheriff Center?
Hawaii (6-10) has lost five consecutive games. Idaho (3-12) has not won in its last eight outings. Both teams are 0-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Since first competing in a conference during the 1984-85 season, the Wahine never previously started league play with four consecutive defeats.
IDAHO AT HAWAII
When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
TV: Live, KFVE, Ch. 5
Radio: Live, KKEA, 1420-AM
Tickets: All seats general admission. $8 adults, $6 seniors. UH students with valid ID and children ages 4-18 free.
Notes: The Wahine lead the series 4-0. ... Members of the Armed Services (active and reserves) will receive a free ticket to the game on Military Night by showing their ID card.
The Rainbow Wahine need to do the same things they did in the second half of their overtime loss at Fresno State last Saturday. Repeating that effort starts with not turning the ball over and continuing to rebound well.
"When we cut down the turnovers, we got our confidence back and played well in the second half at Fresno. We took better shots," said Hawaii coach Jim Bolla.
The Rainbow Wahine were much more effective running their transition game, something Bolla wants to be the trademark of this team.
"We just have to clean up our game. We know we can play with everyone in this conference," said Bolla, who indicated he probably will start his big lineup against the Vandals.
That means 6-foot-3 Tanya Smith and 6-4 Iwona Zagrobelna, who had career highs for points (17) and rebounds (12) at FSU, and 5-10 Pam Tambini will start across the front line with 6-4 Brittany Grice rotating in the post.
"The last game we took advantage of our height advantage," Bolla said.
The Rainbow Wahine outrebounded both opponents on the recent road trip, but could not take full advantage because of their turnovers.
The Vandals, who run a three-guard offense, are led by 6-foot freshman center Katie Madison.
Madison leads the WAC in scoring with a 19.5 average and is tied for second with 9.3 rebounds a game. She's also Idaho's tallest starter.
Liz Witte, a 5-6 guard, and Sara Dennehy, a 5-11 forward, average 11.2 points a game.
Hawaii has two players, Tambini and Janevia Taylor, averaging in double figures at 13.0 and 12.9 points a game, respectively.
Not far behind are Smith (8.9), Grice (8.6) and Saundra Cariaga (7.2).
Note: Taylor's 15 points at Fresno moved her into 10th place on the UH career scoring list.
Taylor is also climbing the ladder on two other Rainbow Wahine career lists.
She needs one 3-pointer to break a 107-107 tie with Melanie Azama and move into fourth place.
One more steal will break a 148-148 tie with Judy Mosley for 10th all time.