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Monday, November 27, 2000

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

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Dainora Puida (50) wrestles a rebound away
from Joy Oakley of Arkansas during last night's game.

Wahine fall
short against
Lady ’Backs

Hawaii finishes fourth in
own Classic; championship
goes to No. 22 North
Carolina State

By Al Chase

In a couple of days the University of Hawaii Wahine basketball players will get over two close defeats and realize they have made progress.

The Wahine fought a talented Arkansas team for third place in the 22nd annual Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic yesterday, but fell short, 76-73.

Hawaii had a chance to force overtime but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Wahine captain Kylie Galloway doesn't think her teammates will dwell on the tournament losses for long.

"We're a young team with players who are freshmen coming off the bench and playing key minutes for us,'' said Galloway. "They make mistakes, but it's only natural that they will get better."

In the championship game at the Stan Sheriff Center, No. 22 North Carolina State edged Arizona State, 54-51.

It was the Wolfpack's second classic crown. They won the event in 1990 as head coach Kay Yow registered her 400th win in the title game. She now has 536 wins.

The Lady Razorbacks (2-3 overall, 2-1 tournament) applied full-court pressure most of the game.

The Wahine handled the pressure quite well in the first half, taking a 37-35 lead although Arkansas' India Lewis sank a 3-pointer -- the final margin of victory -- from beyond half court as time ran out.

Arkansas head coach Gary Blair altered the pressure a bit in the second half by doubling whoever got the ball. It caused problems.

Galloway, who inbounds the ball, decided to get it back and bring it upcourt herself. She and Crystal Lee took turns which helped the Wahine get going.

Neither team led by more than five points in the last 12 minutes. Karena Greeny's two free throws put UH up, 70-68, with 2:16 left.

The Lady Razorbacks, who had been hitting 3-pointers from NBA range, suddenly found center Lonniya Bragg open for three quick buckets inside. Shameka Christon hit another on a short jumper for a 74-70 UA lead.

April Atuaia's 3-pointer cut the deficit to one, 74-73, with 31 seconds left. But Lewis converted two free throws with 14 seconds to play and Michelle Gabriel's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

"They took away the 3-pointer. The only thing they were going to give us was penetration and a 2-pointer," UH head coach Vince Goo said.

The Wahine are off this weekend before resuming tournament play Dec. 9-10.

"Now we can evaluate. We're going to put in some new things that we'll show in our next five games and some things we won't," Goo said. "But definitely, we have an idea of what we need work on whether it's legs, heart or head.

"We're very satisfied with our performance right now. A 4-2 record against this kind of competition is good. I think it could have been better.

"We played with a lot of heart last night. We told them the coaches will stay up late and get up early. We'll come up with the X's and O's, but they've got to bring their hearts with them and they did. That's going to take us a long way."

North Carolina State 54, Arizona State 51: The Wolfpack (4-1, 3-0) did not score after taking a 10-point lead (54-44) with 4:27 to play, but survived missed shots on good looks to hand the Sun Devils (4-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season.

Leah Combs' only basket pulled ASU to within three points with 1:12 left.

The Sun Devils got the ball back with 22 ticks on the clock, but Amanda Levens' off-balance try from the left corner hit rim and bounced away as time expired.

Michigan 74, Stephen F. Austin 49: The Wolverines (3-2, 2-1) built a 21-point lead at halftime to win the fifth-place game easily.

Stephanie Gandy had 17 points and eight rebounds for UM. Lashinda Winters paced the Ladyjacks (3-2, 1-2) with 13 points.

Northern Illinois 58, UC Irvine 43: Kim Boeding's 15 points led three Huskies in double figures as NIU (2-3, 1-2) took seventh place. Maree Vincent led the Anteaters (1-3, 0-3) with 10 points.

Arkansas 76, Hawaii 73

Lady Razorbacks (2-3 overall, 2-1 tournament)




Wahine (4-2 overall, 1-2 tournament)




Key--fg: field goals; fga: field goals attempted; ft: free throws; fta: free throws attempted; min: minutes; reb: rebounds; a: assists; tp: total points.

Halftime score-Hawaii 37, Arkansas 35.

3-point goals-Ark 11-25 (Wright 1-1, Christon 2-3, Lewis 4-8, Harmon 2-6, WIllits 2-7), UH 6-15 (Lee 3-4, Gabrielova 2-3, Atuaia 1-2, Puida 0-1, Gabriel 0-2, Galloway 0-3). Personal fouls-Ark 24. UH 13. Fouled out-None. Steals-Ark 7 (Lewis 2), UH 0). Blocked shots-Ark 5 (Willits 2), UH 0. Turnovers-Ark 16 (Bragg 5), UH 19 (Gabrielova, Atuaia 5). Technicals-none. Off-Balque, Yamasaki, Wells. A-649.

All-Tournament team

Alayne Ingram, Michigan; Crystal Lee, Hawaii; Wendi Willits and Lonniya Bragg, Arkansas; Melody Johnson and Amanda Levens, Arizona State, and Carisse Moody, North Carolina State.

Most Valuable Player: Tynesha Lewis, N.C. State.

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