UH women's basketball with biggest margin of victory this season
For the second time this season the University of Hawaii women's basketball team knocked off Big West Conference foe Cal Poly, with a 70-52 victory on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
HONOLULU— For the second time this season the University of Hawaii women's basketball team knocked off Big West Conference foe Cal Poly, with a 70-52 victory on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine (8-12, 4-3) completed the sweep of CP for the first time since 2017, when UH swept the regular season series, followed by a win in the conference tournament. The Mustangs (4-14, 1-6) dropped their fifth consecutive game in a row and will host Long Beach State as well as UC Davis next week.
"We came out and played much better tonight, compared to what we did on Wednesday," said head coach Lauren Beeman. "A lot of the credit goes to our bench play, you look at out how Jadynn (Alexander) and Julissa (Tago) played, and that was key tonight. We're going to keep needing that as we move forward."
Throughout the season the first quarter has been a concern for the 'Bows, falling into an early hole on numerous occasions, but the first frame proved to be their strong point against CP. UH allowed a season-low six points, leading to its largest lead after the first 10 minutes this season at 17-6.
Due to early foul trouble to junior guard Courtney Middap, UH found a spark from the bench in sophomore guard Jadynn Alexander. The Monroe, Washington native ignited the offense with two early three-point buckets and an aggressive style of attacking the basket accounting for 13 points in the first half, for a 31-17 lead going into the locker room.
The second half mirrored the first as UH maintained and added to its lead as junior guard Julissa Tago along with sophomore center Lauren Rewers played roles in the 'Bows success. As three different players notched double-digit scoring on the evening, the 'Bows' lead ballooned to as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Alexander ended her night with career-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the floor, and pulled down two boards. Rewers and Tago each finished with 11 points.
As a team UH applied pressure throughout the night with the Mustangs tallying 14 turnovers, while UH swiped seven steals resulting in a total of 16 points off turnovers. With Alexander and Tago leading the way, the 'Bows' bench outscored CP, 36-24.
UH will go back on the road in the coming week with a visit to UC Irvine and Long Beach State on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9.