HONOLULU–The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team rallied together for a solid win over Cal State Fullerton, 65-52 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai’i was had four players in double-figures, led by Briana Harris‘ 14. Shawna-Lei Kuehu added 12, Morgan Mason scored 11 and Destiny King was flirting with a triple double, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. While UH’s offense got on track, their defense clamped down on the high-shooting Titans, holding them to just 28.6% shooting for the game. Hawai’i was without the services of senior forward Kamilah Jackson who sat out with an injury. Hawai’i improved to 13-10 overall and 7-4 in the Big West while Cal State Fullerton fell to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in conference action.
Harris was perfect from the floor, hitting on 5-of-5 field goals–including 3-of-3 from beyond the three-point arch. She also chipped in with three rebounds and an assist. It is the third time this season that the freshman has tallied at least 10 points in a game. Kuehu did a little of everything for Hawai`i. She was 6-of 10 from the floor with four rebounds two assists and a steal. It was the third time in the last four games and 11th time this season that she has scored in double-digits. Mason was 4-for-9 in field goals, 2-of-3 from the free throw line with a trey and five rebounds. King crashed the boards hard for eight rebounds while dishing out a career-high seven assists.
Ashleigh Karaitiana came off the bench and was was huge for Hawai’i coming up with nine rebounds. She finished the game just one point and one rebound shy of notching her second double-double of the season in just 19 minutes on the floor.
Hawai`i made a point to rebound well as a team without their leading rebounder Jackson sidelined for the game. For Jackson it was the first game she’s missed since she did not play against Utah State on the road as a freshman on Jan. 27, 2011. The ‘Bows outrebounded Cal State Fullerton, 42-to-32, marking the 17th time this season and sixth straight game that UH has outrebounded their opponents. UH’s defense also held the Titans down, holding them to 28.6% field-goal shooting–the lowest percentage for a UH opponent this season. Hawai’i held CSF, who came into the game averaging 6.1 made treys a game, to 0-for-14 shooting from 3-point range. It is the first time since last season’s game at UC Santa Barbara that Hawai’i's opponent did not make a 3-pointer in a game. Hawai’i held Cal State Fullerton to just 14 field goals for the game. CSF’s total score was buoyed by making 24-of-35 free throws, while UH was just 9-of-13 from the charity stripe.
Hawai`i outscored Cal State Fullerton, 20-to-16 in points in the paint and in second-chance points, 10-to-4. UH dominated in bench scoring, 23-to-1.
The Titans were led by Alex Thomas, who scored 25 points and Chante Miles who added 17.
Hawai’i remains alone in third place in the Big West race with a 7-4 record. Cal State Northridge leads the league with a 9-3 record after defeating Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Saturday night. Cal Poly fell into second place with an 8-3 conference record. Long Beach State is one game behind the ‘Bows in fourth at 6-5.
Hawai’i will now head to California for a two-game roadtrip to face UC Irvine on Feb. 20 and UC Davis on Feb. 22.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*