Online Extra: Rainbow Wahine invited to play in WNIT


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HONOLULU—The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team earned its seventh invitation in school history to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament after posting a 17-13 overall record and 13-5 mark in the Big West Conference. Hawaii will travel to southern California to battle San Diego (21-9, 12-4 WCC) on Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.A game time has not been announced yet.

It is the first time in 10 years that the Rainbow Wahine have advanced to the post-season.

Overall, this is the 12th time in UH history that the ‘Bows will play in the post-season. Hawai’i has made it into the WNIT six times previously in 1982-83, 1991-92, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03. UH has also gone to five NCAA tournaments in 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1995-96, and 1997-98.

The women’s basketball team finished the Big West conference regular season in a tie for second with Cal Poly. The ‘Bows entered the BWC tournament as the No. 3 Seed (due to tie-breakers) but fell in their opening game at the Big West Tournament last Thursday to Cal State Fullerton. This was UH’s first year back in the Big West after spending the last 16 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference..

Hawaii was one of four Big West teams that were invited to the WNIT. The BWC regular season champion, Pacific, Long Beach State, and UC Santa Barbara will all be playing in the 64 team tourney.The WNIT field includes 31 teams that earn an automatic berth, and 33 teams that are chosen at-large.

The ‘Bows are 4-0 all-time against San Diego, their last meeting was an 84-76 win for UH on Dec. 22, 1991 in San Diego.

 

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