Winners of 9 straight, Rainbow Wahine hope for a return to ‘glory days’

Shawna-Lei Kuehu throws "shakas" to the Stan Sheriff Center crowd following a victory over Cal Poly

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team (17-7, 9-2 Big West) puts its nine-game win streak and first place ranking on the line this week. The Rainbow Wahine return home to host UC Irvine (2-8, 5-20 Big West) on Thursday, Feb. 19 and second place UC Davis (12-10, 7-3 Big West) this Saturday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Hawai’i remained atop the Big West standings for the second straight week after sweeping two tough games on the road last week at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. The nine game win streak for UH is the longest during head coach Laura Beeman’s tenure and the longest since Vince Goo’s 1997-98 Rainbow Wahine squad won 19-straight. It is the best conference start since UH began the 2000-01 Western Athletic Conference season at 10-2 also under Goo.

In that era, attendance at the Stan Sheriff Center was at an all time high, getting as many as 4,561 for a home game in 1999 and averaged more than 1,700 per game in 2000.

Nani Cockett vs SMU in 1998
Nani Cockett vs SMU in 1998

This season, the Lady Bows have a single game high of 2,100 against Cal Poly and Head Coach Laura Beeman is hoping for a return to the ‘glory days’

“I want 3-thousand of my best friends to show up Thursday and Saturday, more if we can. when you have that noise and support behind you, on your home floor in two huge games, it’s not gonna do anything but make these girls play harder” said, Beeman.

Overall, senior Shawna-Lei Kuehu continues to lead Hawai’i in scoring, steals and blocks. She is averaging 12.3 points per game with a total of 271 points overall. Kuehu has a team-high 34 steals and a career-high 29 blocked shots. She is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and third with 54 assists. In the last game at Cal State Fullerton, Kuehu came off the bench to record a team-high 17 points–15 of which came in the second half alone as she spurred the ‘Bows to the win. In the final nine minutes, Kuehu scored 13 of UH’s last 16 points in the game while also logging two rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot.

Ashleigh Karaitiana is second on the team, averaging 10.4 points per game with a team-high 33 made 3-point shots. She is second on the team with 59 assists and third with 28 steals. Destiny King is averaging just a shade under 10 points at 9.9 per game with a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures in seven out of UH’s last nine games.

Game 25
Who: Hawai’i (17-7, 9-2 Big West) vs. UC Irvine (5-20, 2-8 Big West)
When: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (HT)
Where: Stan Sheriff Center – Honolulu, O’ahu (10,300)
Promotions: Oceanic Time Warner Cable is the sponsor on Thursday and will distribute 300 stadium tote bags and award $100 in gas cards throughout the game.
Television: UH’s game against UC Irvine will be broadcast on OCSports statewide on channels 16 (SD) and 1015 (HD). Jim Leahey (play-by-play) and Lori Santi (color) will be handling the broadcast duties.
Streaming Video: Live video streaming will be available on bigwest.tv.
Radio: ESPN 1420 am will join Thursday night’s game in-progress live with Dave Kawada (play-by-play) and Tiff Wells (color). Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Head Coaches: Hawai’i’s Laura Beeman is 51-35 in her third season at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine. Prior to UH, Beeman recorded a 390-110 record at Mt. San Antonio College (JuCo). UC Irvine’s Doug Oliver is in his fourth season with the Anteaters with a 31-57 overall record and a 16-29 record at home.
Series History: Hawai’i has a 23-13 record against the Gauchos. Earlier this season, UH defeated the Anteaters, 85-50 at the Bren Events Center on Jan. 24. Hawai’i had five players record double-figures in points led by Marissa Wimbley, who came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points. Overall, UH holds a 25-8 record against UCI with a 13-1 record at home; a 9-7 record away and a 2-0 record when playing at a neutral site.

Game 26 Information
Who: Hawai’i (17-7, 9-2 Big West) vs. UC Davis (12-10, 7-3 Big West)
When: Saturday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Tickets: General admission-adult: $7; General Admission-Senior Citizen: $5; Students (ages 4-high school): $3; UH Manoa Students receive admission to regular season home games by presenting a valid UH I.D.
Promotions: Saturday’s game will be UH’s “Play4Kay” pink game in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Play4Kay is an initiative with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the V Foundation which honors legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball head coach Kay Yow, who passed away in 2009 after a 12 year battle with breast cancer. There will also be an autograph session following the game. Bank of Hawaii is the sponsor on Saturday and will distribute 100 tote bags and award $100 in gift cards throughout the game. Fans can register to participate at the sports marketing table near Gate A.
Television: UH’s game against UC Irvine will be broadcast on OCSports statewide on channels 16 (SD) and 1015 (HD). Jim Leahey (play-by-play) and Nani Cockett (color) will be handling the broadcast duties. Scott Robbs, Vince Goo and Cockett will handle the pre- and post-game shows.
Streaming Video: Live video streaming will be available on bigwest.tv.
Radio: NBC Sports Radio AM 1500 will carry Saturday’s game live with Dave Kawada (play-by-play) and Tiff Wells (color).
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming will be available on http://www.nbcsportsradiohawaii.com.
Livestats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com.
Head Coaches: Hawai’i’s Laura Beeman is 51-35 in her third season at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine. Prior to UH, Beeman recorded a 390-110 record at Mt. San Antonio College (JuCo). UC Davis is led by Jennifer Gross who is in her fourth year with the Aggies. She has a 56-57 overall record and a 32-28 mark in conferenc
Series History: Hawai’i is 5-3 overall against the Aggies. Earlier this season, UH defeated UC Davis in California, 58-53 on Jan. 22. Destiny King led UH that game, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Ashleigh Karaitiana added 13 points while Megan Huff pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

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