Shawna Wert scored 20 points and Dana Wert hit two free throws with :01 remaining to lift Shippensburg University (Pa.) to a 52-50 win over the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Friday night in Honolulu.
The Vulcans edged Moorhead University (Minn.) 67-66 in Thursday’s first round of the Oahu Classic women’s basketball tournament.
UHH (2-1) plays host Hawaii Pacific University at 7 p.m. today at McKinley Gym to close the three-game roadtrip.
Senior guard Kirsty Imai had 10 points to lead the Vulcans against Shippensburg (4-1). Jameia McDuffie added nine points and Kirsten Shimizu eight.
“Shippensburg is a good team,” UHH coach David Kaneshiro said. “They deserved to win. They got to more loose balls and more offensive rebounds than we did tonight. But our girls played hard. We just didn’t execute very well.
“We had a nice comeback in the end to tie the game and then had a chance to take the lead, but we missed the shot. They came down and got fouled, then made the winning free throws.”
In Thursday’s win over Moorhead (0-1), junior Kamie Imai led UHH with 16 points. Senior Shannon Rosseau (4 treys) had 14 points, McDuffie 12, Shimizu 11 and junior Jazzmyn Davis 10 in a balanced attack. Davis had four points and three rebounds in the final 1:37 to spark the win.
Megan Strese led the visitors with 21 points.
Kaneshiro said tonight’s game against HPU should be a good one.
“HPU has a lot of talent, maybe as much as they had last year,” the Vulcans coach said. “But I think we have a pretty good chance if we play like we can. We’re going to have to play well to beat them. It should be a very competitive game.”
Oahu Classic, Honolulu
Shippensburg 23 29 — 52
UHH 28 22 — 50
UHH 35 32 — 67
Moorhead 30 36 — 66