Nov. 17, 2001
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Despite a second half rally that cut a 25-point deficit into single digits, the Washington State women's basketball team succumbed to the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine 65-50 in first round action at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Saturday.
Up 40-22 at the half, Hawaii extended its advantage to 25 at 47-22 in the opening three minutes of the second half. The Cougars began to chip away at the Wahine's lead using an 11-1 run to cut Hawaii's advantage to 48-33 with 13:35 remaining in the game.
Hawaii extended its lead back to 20 but WSU would rally once again. The Cougars would eventually slice Hawaii's advantage to single digits at 59-50 with 1:36 left before the Wahine closed out the game with six straight points.
WSU was forced to contend with its deficit thanks to a big first half run by Hawaii. A Francine McCurtain three-pointer in the opening moments of the game put the Cougars up 3-0, but Hawaii then proceeded to score 31 of the game's next 40 points to take a 31-12 lead at the 6:33 mark of the half.
"I thought we played a pretty good and aggressive second half," said WSU Head Coach Jenny Przekwas. "Hawaii really came out strong and took it to us in the first half."
The Cougars struggled from the floor throughout the game, ending the contest shooting 18-of-57 (31.6 percent) from the floor. Hawaii was not much better as the Wahine shot 20-of-59 (33.9 percent) from the field. The difference came from the free throw line as Hawaii made 21 of its 32 attempts while WSU converted nine of it 14 attempts. For the game, WSU was called for 28 fouls while Hawaii was whistled for 11, including three in the first half.
Brittney Hawks led the Cougars with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. It was Hawks' fourth career double-double in points and rebounds at WSU. Christen Roper led a contingent of three Wahine players that scored in double figures with 18 points. Jana Gabrielova added 15 points and Natasja Allen contributed 14 for Hawaii. In addition to her point total, Roper pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Cougars will face Texas A&M in the tournament's consolation game, Sunday at 1 p.m., Pacific.