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Aggies sizzle, Wahine fizzle at the end


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POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2009

The effort was there, even if the first Western Athletic Conference win for Hawaii wasn't.

               

     

 

                                                                                                                                                   
HAWAII43
UTAH ST.52

        NEXT UP
at Utah State on Friday
       

       

Utah State closed the game on a 8-0 run to win 52-43 and keep the Rainbow Wahine winless in the WAC before a gathering of 184 last night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii (3-16, 0-6) dropped its eighth straight game and remained in last place. Utah State (10-10, 4-3) gradually pulled ahead late with 33.3 percent shooting over Hawaii's 25 percent.

The Wahine hustled for offensive rebounds (19) and loose balls all night. But after Megan Tinnin hit a 3-pointer and dropped in a back-door layup to pull her team to within 44-43 with 1 minute, 45 seconds left, UH wouldn't score again. Hawaii missed its final seven shots, including six 3-point attempts.

Sharpshooting USU guard Ana Pares lit up UH with 23 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Point guard Danyelle Snelgro made a clutch 18-footer off a crossover to put the Aggies up 46-43 with 1:16 left, and then sank four free throws to seal the win.

“;We were trying to do what we had to do to win the game. We were in the game, the effort was great,”; UH coach Jim Bolla said. “;We just couldn't make some shots when we had to make some shots. We're still not happy, but it's better effort.”;

The Wahine are still winless in 2009, but might have something to build on as they take to the road next week against USU again on Friday and Idaho on Sunday. They outrebounded their opponent (41-34) for the first time in four games.

Tinnin scored 14 points for the second straight game and freshman center Rebecca Dew added a career-high 11 while playing in front of her father for the first time at UH.

“;I think as a team we played a lot better with effort, and with rebounding, we definitely stepped it up,”; said Dew, who went 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. “;We played better, and it's about getting better each game.”;

Bolla went away from the team's recent platoon substitution system because of Utah State's larger personnel. Instead, he went with a more by-the-books lineup.

Hawaii clung to a tenuous lead throughout the first half and went into the break up 23-21. But behind Pares' shooting in the second half (she scored 18 of her points after halftime) the Aggies stayed with the energetic Wahine. USU shot 7-for-14 on treys for the game.

“;We knew 15 (Pares) could shoot the ball—we just had some breakdowns,”; Bolla said.

Every UH player wore a pink ribbon to honor longtime North Carolina State women's coach Kay Yow, who died on Saturday from breast cancer.


 

WAC standings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

     

 


WACOverall

WLPct.GBWL
Nevada501.000117
Boise State42.7501 1/2 119 Idaho42.7501 1/2 710 Fresno State32.6002126 Utah State43.57121010 Louisiana Tech33.5002 1/2 1010 New Mexico St.24.3333 1/2 614
San Jose St.15.1674 1/2 217
Hawaii06.0005 1/2 316

 

       

Yesterday
Utah State 52, Hawaii 43
Boise State 52, Louisiana Tech 42
Idaho 70, New Mexico State 49
Nevada 66, San Jose State 52
Friday
Hawaii at Utah State, 3 p.m. Hawaii time
Boise State at Nevada
New Mexico State at Louisiana Tech
San Jose State at Fresno State

 

Utah State 52, Hawaii 43

Aggies (10-10, 4-3)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

fg-aft-arbpfptsatomin
Whitehead4-101-39391132
Johnson1-30-01021235
Snelgro3-54-452114434
Coddington0-22-22423127
Pares6-166-842230640
Burns1-40-0023108
White0-12-24220216
Pope0-10-2000002
Diop0-30-0210026
TEAM

7
Totals15-4515-213416521018200

Rainbow Wahine (3-16, 0-6)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

     

 


fg-aft-arbpfptsatomin
Hittle2-82-212461525
Liepkalne0-100-02303428
Cho1-30-02123233
Tinnin5-161-262140034
Kanekoa2-52-27462328
Linton1-10-0202015
Hamilton0-30-02101215
Wilson0-00-0000002
Galdones1-20-0002005
Patterson0-10-0000014
Dew2-77-822110121
TEAM

6



Totals14-5612-144117431019200

 

       

Key—fg-a: field goals made-attempted; ft-a: free throws made-attempted; rb: rebounds; pf: personal fouls; pts: total points; a: assists; to: turnovers; min: minutes played.

Halftime—Hawaii 23, Utah State 21.

3-point goals—Utah State 7-14(Pares 5-7, Snelgro 1-1, Burns 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Coddington 0-2), Hawaii 3-18 (Tinnin 3-9, Hamilton 0-1, Galdones 0-1, Cho 0-2, Kanekoa 0-2, Liepkalne 0-3).

Steals—Utah State 12 (Snelgro 3, White 3, Johnson 2, Whitehead, Coddington, Pares, Burns), Hawaii 8 (Hittle 2, Tinnin 2, Cho, Kanekoa, Linton, Dew). Blocked shots—Utah State none, Hawaii 2 (Hittle, Hamilton).

Officials—Anita Ortega, John Weeks, Jim Morrell. Attendance—184.