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Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, January 15, 2001

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

Road not a
problem for Wahine

UH routs UTEP, and
continues road trip
tomorrow against Tulsa

From staff and wire reports

EL PASO, Texas -- Sandra Rushing's plan backfired.

The UTEP coach was trying to counter the Wahine height advantage by having her Miners stay in a zone defense the first half.

Led by junior point guard Jana Gabrielova, the University of Hawaii women's basketball team responded by popping 3-pointers through the hoop with uncanny regularity yesterday.

Playing its first road game of the season, Hawaii took a comfortable halftime lead (39-21) en route to a 63-42 Western Athletic Conference victory over Texas-El Paso.

Nursing a 7-5 lead four minutes into the game, UH's next six buckets -- two by Gabrielova and April Atuaia and one each by Kylie Galloway and Crystal Lee -- were from beyond the arc.

That long-range display of accuracy gave the Wahine a 27-9 lead. Then, after the Miners scored five points, Gabrielova wrapped up the first half by hitting four consecutive 3-pointers.

"They were concerned about our inside game," said UH head coach Vince Goo. "We wanted to go inside, but we told the players not to force anything.

"We had wide open looks on the perimeter. We just took what they gave us."

Gabrielova was 6-for-7 and the Wahine were 10-for-18 in 3-point attempts in the first half.

The Miners, down to nine players due to injuries and defections, switched to a man defense in the second half and stifled UH's 3-point shooting (0-for-10), but it was too late.

Even when Hawaii went the first six minutes of the second half with just a Galloway layup, the Miners managed just four points against the Wahine defenders.

Hawaii's defense held the Miners to 21 points in each half. UTEP's top two scorers, Amy Pack and Heidi Walker, were a combined 10-for-28 from the field.

Christen Roper had five blocked shots and Dainora Puida had two stuffs.

Gabrielova finished with 23 points, all in the first half. Her 3-point outburst was unexpected.

"Where she came from, she never shot. They just told her to pass the ball," Goo said.

"For our first road game, we played well. This might be a good travel team. The freshmen played at a different level, with a lot of maturity."

Hawaii 63, Texas-El Paso 42

Wahine (2-1 WAC, 11-3 overall)




Miners (2-3 WAC, 6-10 overall)




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 39, Texas-El Paso 21.
3-point goals-UH 10-28 (Gabrielova 6-8, Atuaia 2-6, Lee 1-4, Galloway 1-5, Brossman 0-1, Greeny 0-1, Puida 0-4). UTEP 3-18 (Pyle 2-8, Mata 1-5, Pack 0-1, Guild 0-1, Chavez 0-1, Touton 0-2). Personal fouls-UH 14, UTEP 14. Fouled out-None. Steals-UH 5 (Roper, Gabrielova, Atuaia, Brossman, Puida), UTEP 6 (Pack, Mata 3). Blocked shots-UH 8 (Roper 5), UTEP 1 (Mata). Turnovers-UH 18 (Puida, Roper, Gabrielova 3), UTEP 16 (Pack, Walker, Mata 3). Technicals-none. Officials-Garlow, Larson, Weeks. A-312.

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