NCAA approves Lady ‘Bows Guard Karaitiana for one more year of eligibility

Ashleigh Karaitiana (Photo: UH Athletics)
Ashleigh Karaitiana (Photo: UH Athletics)

Rainbow Wahine guard Ashleigh Karaitiana will officially rejoin the University of Hawai’i women’s basketball roster for the 2015-16 season, announced by Head Coach Laura Beeman on Tuesday morning.

Karaitiana served as a key starter last year, averaging 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and earned second team all-Big West honors. She additionally finished off the 2014-15 season sinking a team-high 45 3-pointers, ranking her at No. 8 in the program’s single-season record book.

After sitting out for the 2011-12 season four years ago due to NCAA regulations, Karaitiana returns for her final senior season after the NCAA officially approved her for one more year of eligibility.

Karaitiana rejoins the roster of 15 as one of now 11 returning letterwinners and three returning starters.

“I feel very blessed and honored to have the privilege to continue my basketball career as a Rainbow Wahine at the University of Hawai’i,” said Karaitiana. “A big thank you to my coaching staff and Richard Greene (Compliance Office) for making this opportunity possible. I am ecstatic to be able to represent the State of Hawai’i, play in front of our awesome fans and play alongside my teammates for the upcoming season. I look forward to getting back on the floor and making this an experience I will never forget.”

The Rainbow Wahine kick off the 2015-16 season Oct. 28 as they host an exhibition game against UH-Hilo at 7:00 p.m.

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