Rainbow Wahine fall to Mustangs on Senior Night

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit but was unable to fend off Cal Poly, losing 67-61 on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The loss was the Rainbow Wahine’s first in a decade on Senior Night.

Senior Sarah Toeaina led the way for Hawaii (12-17, 5-11 Big West Conference), finishing with 19 points.

The Mustangs scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 16 in the first quarter. But the Rainbow Wahine fought back to tie it up at 27 on Julissa Tago’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the second.

Cal Poly shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from the field compared to UH’s 32.1 percent (9-of-28) in the second half to hold on for the win. Dynn Leaupepe led the Mustangs (17-11, 11-5) with 30 points.

The eighth-seeded Rainbow Wahine will face fifth-seeded Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Big West tournament at 4 p.m. HST Tuesday in Fullerton, Calif.