Rainbow Wahine fall short against Matadors in Big West first round

The Maui News – The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday with a 62-57 loss to Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Big West Conference tournament in Fullerton, Calif.

The Rainbow Wahine, the No. 8 seed, never led in the game and trailed by 10 points in the first quarter before tying it up at 14 with 8 minutes, 50 seconds left in the second quarter.

The fifth-seeded Matadors again pulled away, eventually leading by as many as 16 points midway through the third quarter. Hawaii still trailed by 10 entering the final period but was able to pull within 60-57 on three free throws by Julissa Tago with 46 seconds remaining.

The Rainbow Wahine got the ball back with nine seconds remaining, but Tessa Boagni stole the ball and hit two free throws to put the game away.

In her final game for UH, Sarah Toeaina posted 24 points to pass Janevia Taylor and Keisha Kanekoa to rank ninth in school history in points with 1,203.

Tago and Lahni Salanoa each added 11 points for Hawaii (12-18).

Channon Fluker had 24 points and Boagni had 19 for the Matadors (16-15).

The UH men’s team plays UC Irvine in the Big West quarterfinals on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

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Tuesday’s Results

MEN

TOURNAMENT

America East Conference

Semifinals

UMBC 75, Hartford 60

Vermont 70, Stony Brook 51

Atlantic Coast Conference

First Round

Boston College 87, Georgia Tech 77

Notre Dame 67, Pittsburgh 64

Syracuse 73, Wake Forest 64

Big Sky Conference

First Round

N. Colorado 82, N. Arizona 59

North Dakota 76, Montana St. 74

S. Utah 76, Idaho St. 68

Portland St. 71, Sacramento St. 67

Colonial Athletic Association

Championship

Coll. of Charleston 83, Northeastern 76, OT

Horizon League

Championship

Wright St. 74, Cleveland St. 57

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

First Round

Florida A&M 88, Howard 78

Morgan St. 83, SC State 80

NC Central 60, Coppin St. 48

Northeast Conference

Championship

LIU Brooklyn 71, Wagner 61

Southwestern Athletic Conference

First Round

Ark.-Pine Bluff 77, MVSU 73

Southern U. 62, Jackson St. 60

Texas Southern 90, Alabama St. 76

Prairie View A&M 87, Alcorn St. 71

Summit League

Championship

S. Dakota St. 97, South Dakota 87

West Coast Conference

Championship

Gonzaga 74, BYU 54

WOMEN

TOURNAMENT

American Athletic Conference

Championship

UConn 70, South Florida 54

American Midwest Conference

Championship

Columbia (Mo.) 63, Freed-Hardeman 52

Big East Conference

Championship

DePaul 98, Marquette 63

Big West Conference

First Round

CS Northridge 62, Hawaii 57

UC Riverside 79, Long Beach St. 66

Heart of America Athletic Conference

Championship

Central Methodist 84, William Penn 68

Horizon League

Championship

Green Bay 62, Wright St. 44

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

First Round

Md.-Eastern Shore 77, Delaware St. 60

SC State 76, NC Central 67

Mountain West Conference

Quarterfinals

Boise St. 60, Air Force 46

Colorado St. 71, Fresno St. 55

Nevada 77, UNLV 73, 2OT

Wyoming 69, New Mexico 66

Southwestern Athletic Conference

First Round

Grambling St. 80, Alcorn St. 71

Prairie View 66, Jackson St. 64

Southern U. 70, Ark.-Pine Bluff 60

Texas Southern 70, Alabama St. 42

Summit League

Championship

S. Dakota St. 65, South Dakota 50

Sun Belt Conference

First Round

Appalachian St. 79, Arkansas St. 68

Coastal Carolina 74, Georgia St. 55

Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Georgia Southern 81, 3OT

South Alabama 80, Louisiana-Monroe 54

West Coast Conference

Championship

Gonzaga 79, San Diego 71

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