Star-Bulletin Sports


Tuesday, December 22, 1998


W A H I N E _ B A S K E T B A L L




Wahine just
tough enough
to win

Loyola Marymount
hangs in there, but stellar free
throw shooting pulls
it out for UH

By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

There wasn't a whole lot of pleasure expressed by the Hawaii Wahine after their 78-66 victory over Loyola Marymount last night in the first round of the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.

On too many occasions the Wahine machine resembled an old clunker putt putting along badly in need of an engine tune-up.

"We weren't ready to execute like we wanted to. We weren't playing hard. We let them outplay us. All of that added to an ugly night," said UH point guard BJ Itoman.

Give the Lions credit. They kept the outcome in doubt until the final 1:35 when the Wahine converted 9-of-10 free throws in an 11-6 finish. Itoman scored nine of those points and finished with 20, tying her career high.


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Aina Kohler pulls up for a jumper
against Julie Jarosz of LMU.



Loyola Marymount (3-6), after falling behind 11-1 in the first three minutes, made numerous runs at Hawaii. The Lions cut the deficit to four points or less 11 times in the first half and whittled the UH margin to six or less points seven times in the second half.

Taryn Reynolds, once LMU's starting point guard before an injury, now relishes coming off the bench as the shooting guard. The 5-7 sophomore showed why last night, scoring 13 of her 22 points after intermission with a variety of jumpers around the key.

She had help from starting 5-6 freshman point guard Rosa Bernasconi and 6-3 junior forward Dana Hunter, both with 11 points. Hunter also had a game-high 16 rebounds as the Lions controlled the boards, 54-32, the biggest advantage any opponent has held over UH this season.

"They outplayed us. They played a lot harder. They were getting three and four shots," UH head coach Vince Goo said. "It was apparent in the first half and it got worse in the second half."

"We had breakdowns on offense and defense. We weren't very happy with our defensive performance," said UH forward Raylene Howard, who scored 29 points. "Coach's philosophy is that it all starts with defense. When you're misfiring on defense, you can't get your offense going. We didn't settle into some of our offensive patterns as much as we'd like."

One saving factor for the Wahine (7-3) was their success rate from the field in the second half. After hitting just 13 of 37 (.351) first-half field goal attempts, they made 13 of 23 (.565) in the second half.

Another positive factor for UH was nine turnovers to 18 assists vs. 18 turnovers to 12 assists for LMU.

"It seemed like there was a five or six point barrier we couldn't break," said LUM head coach Julie Wilhoit. "Not to make excuses, but we've got two freshmen and a transfer out there and it seems like some of the little mistakes come from inexperience.

"I thought No. 21, BJ, she was just superior in handling the floor. She showed her experience and she showed her knowledge of the game. That's what kept us from breaking that barrier.

"To be honest, I don't think it was anything we didn't do, but more what they did."

One thing Hawaii did was to slow the pace a bit in the second half. Goo said he wanted his team to play an up-tempo game, but that wasn't working consistently in the opening half.

"We were running half under control. We had too many missed layups. It was obvious we were out of control," Goo said. "It was probably poor coaching in terms of getting our team ready. Some of it may be youth."

Itoman's six assists put her atop the UH career list with 410.

bullet No. 10 Texas Tech 71, James Madison 38: The Dukes (5-5) took their only lead, 14-13, with 9:24 left in the first half, then were outscored, 58-24, the rest of the way.

Texas Tech (8-1) ended the first half with an 11-3 run, then opened the second half with a 19-7 spurt.

Both teams were coming off final exam break and the Red Raiders (8-1) were playing for the first time without two injured starters (Julie Luke and Aleah Johnson)..

"You automatically go through a transition when you lose two of your top six players. Everybody has to serve a little different role," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "I think some of the players were really trying to step it up and do things they weren't accustomed to doing.

"We hadn't played together in a while and it took us time getting back into the rhythm," said Angie Braziel, Tech's 6-3 senior center, who led all scorers with 20 points.

Mistiza Colebank scored 11 points for James Madison.

bullet Today: Texas Tech vs. Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m.; James Madison vs. Hawaii, 7 p.m.

Tapa

Box Score

Hawaii 78, Loyola Marymount 66

bullet Lions (3-6)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Hunter		32	5	7	1	2	16	5	11
Britton		34	4	16	2	4	4	1	10
Jarosz		23	2	4	1	3	5	2	5
Bernasconi	32	3	10	4	6	5	5	11
Gamez		13	1	4	1	2	1	0	3
Reynolds	28	10	18	0	4	9	4	22
Murphy		13	1	3	0	0	4	2	2
Groholski	32	0	1	0	0	0	0	0
Palmer		23	0	3	2	2	7	3	2
Gravely		1	0	0	0	0	0	1	0
Team						3
	Totals	200	26	66	11	23	54	23	66
bullet Wahine (7-3)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Lee		28	2	8	1	2	4	1	5
Howard		38	11	17	6	12	8	3	29
Liu		16	4	8	0	0	2	4	8
Itoman		37	4	7	11	12	2	2	20
Evers		29	2	6	4	4	4	1	9
Forsberg	3	0	1	0	0	0	0	0
Ruscoe		14	0	3	0	0	3	1	0
Kohler		13	0	3	0	2	2	4	0
Petersen	10	1	5	0	0	0	1	2
Greeny		12	2	2	0	0	4	0	5
Team						3
	Totals	200	26	60	22	32	32	17	78
Key: mp-minutes played. fgm-field goals made. fga-field goals attempted. ftm-free throws made. fta-free throws attempted. reb-rebounds. pf-personal fouls. pts-points scored.

Halftime--Hawaii 35, Loyola Marymount 27.

3-point goals--LMU 3-14 (Reynolds 2-6, Bernasconi 1-4, Britton 0-3, Gamez 0-1), UH 4-11 (Howard 1-1, Greeny 1-1, Itoman 1-3, Evers 1-3, Lee 0-1, McMeeken-Ruscoe 0-2).

Assists--LMU 12 (Bernasconi 4), UH 18 (Lee 6, Itoman 6). Turnovers--LMU 18 (Bernasconi 5), UH 9 (Liu 2, Itoman 2). Steals--LMU 5 (Bernasconi 2, Reynolds 2), UH 9 (Howard 4). Blocked shots--LMU 2 (Jarosz 1, Murphy 1), UH 2 (Kohler 1, Greeny 1).

A--1,245 (1,973 tickets issued). Officials: Balque, Lewis, Tanibe.

bullet No. 10 Texas Tech 71, James Madison 38

James Madison: Jordan 2-9 1-2 5, Cook 1-3 0-0 2, Demann 3-6 0-2 6, Colebank 5-17 0-0 11, Wollenberg 1-7 0-0 3, Archer 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-2 0-0 0, Wiloiams 2-8 0-0 5, Keener 0-1 0-0 0, Hardbarger 0-1 0-0 0, Todd 1-6 4-4 6, Herring 0-1 0-0 0, Franklin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-63 5-8 38.

Texas Tech: Schmucker 1-5 0-0 2, Dickerson 2-4 3-7 7, Braziel 9-14 2-2 20, O'Neal 5-9 1-2 14, Hanebutt 3-8 0-0 8, Washington 5-10 1-2 12, Gibbs 3-3 0-0 6, Tarr 1-1 0-0 2, Ellison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-54 7-13 71.

Halftime--Texas Tech 25, James Madison 17. 3-point goals--James Madison 3-25 (Williams 1-5, Wollenberg 1-6, Colebank 1-8, White 0-1, Keener 0-1, Hardbarger 0-1, Todd 0-1, Jordan 0-2), Texas Tech 6-11 (O'Neal 3-3, Hanebutt 2-4, Washington 1-1, Schucker 0-3). Rebounds--James Madison 39 (Jordan 7), Texas Tech 36 (Dickerson 14). Assists--James Madison 8 (Colebank 5), Texas Tech 22 (Schmucker 8). Total fouls--James Madison 13, Texas Tech 10.



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