Wahine finally get first victory
POSTED: Wednesday, December 03, 2008
A new source of offense joined some old ones to give the Hawaii women's basketball team its first win of the season.
Allie Patterson scored a career-high 20 in her first start for UH and Megan Tinnin and Dita Liepkalne added 18 apiece as the Rainbow Wahine defeated Utah Valley 77-70 before a gathering of 154 last night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Point guard Keisha Kanekoa added 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Hawaii (1-6), which snapped an eight-game losing streak going back to last season.
There was a sense of relief that the team nabbed a win before its first true road trip of the season, the Arizona State Tournament this weekend.
"Finally," said Tinnin, who scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half. "Getting a win, then going to this Arizona tournament is good for us, I think."
Center Sarah Ilic was inactive with a head injury, clearing the way for Patterson to enter the starting lineup.
She shot 8-for-11, grabbed seven rebounds and finished with a block and a steal.
"It was awesome," said Patterson, whose previous UH best was nine. "I didn't know whether to be scared, or say, 'Let's just do this.' I guess it didn't show, huh?"
Julie McMurray scored a career-high 30 points for Division I independent Utah Valley (2-4), which made several runs in the second half.
"It's a win, and we got some good performances from people," Hawaii coach Jim Bolla said. "Our concern with Allie isn't offense, it's defense, and she did a good job on their post people tonight."
The Wahine went up 46-32 on a Patterson basket with 13 minutes, 58 seconds left. But UVU responded with a 15-4 run to close to 50-47 with 10:12 to play.
Instead of folding, Hawaii went back to its source of instant offense: Patterson. She scored on a three-point play and hit a baseline jumper to push the lead back to double digits.
Turnovers (24) were still a concern for the Wahine, but they faced a team averaging more giveaways per game; UVU couldn't keep a handle on the ball when it mattered down the stretch.
Hawaii did a good job collapsing the paint on predictable entry passes by the Wolverines. UVU did little to discourage the Wahine from playing zone by going just 3-for-13 on 3-pointers in the first half.
The Wolverines were crippled early when their star, senior forward Robyn Fairbanks, went to the bench with her second foul just 4 minutes into the game. She came on strong late, but the missed time clearly hurt her team's chances as she finished with 15.
Hawaii 77, Utah Valley 70
Rainbow Wahine (1-6)
Key - fg-a: field goals made-attempted; ft-a: free throws made-attempted; rb: rebounds; pf: personal fould; pts: total points; a: assists; to: turnovers; min: minutes played.
Halftime - Hawaii 31, Utah Valley 23. Regulation- Hawaii 77, Utah Valley 70.
3-point goals - Utah Valley 8-27 (McMurray 4-10, Beaman 1-1, Fairbanks 1-2, Marvin-Wall 1-6, Bruningham 1-6, Nakayam 0-2), Hawaii 7-17( Liepkalne 3-5, Tinnin 3-7, Patterson 1-1, Cho 0-1, Kanekoa 0-1, Hamilton 0-2).
Steals - Utah Valley 11 (Marvin-Wall 4, Fairbanks 2, Nakayama 2, McMurray, Reynolds, Burningham), Hawaii 10 (Kanekoa 5, Hamilton 2, Liepkalne, Patterson, Arbuckle). Blocked shots - Hawaii 3 (Patterson, Tinnin, Kanekoa).
Officials - Brian Yamasaki, Kirk Hottendorf, Lisa Mann. A-942.