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Rainbow Wahine eliminated in Big West semifinals 64-52

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team was eliminated from the Big West Conference tournament Friday, falling 64-52 to top-seeded UC Davis in the semifinals in Las Vegas.

Hawaii’s season ends at 9-8.

The Aggies (12-2) took control of the game by outscoring the Rainbow Wahine 22-11 in the third quarter to pull away from a 24-24 tie at halftime. UC Davis earned a spot in the Big West championship game for the third straight season.

Coming off a season-high 81 points in a quarterfinal win over Cal State Bakersfield, UH couldn’t find a rhythm against the league’s top defensive team, which held the Rainbow Wahine to a season-low 24 percent shooting mark.

The teams split their regular-season series last week in Honolulu when UH handed the Aggies their only conference loss of the season on Friday.

Amy Atwell led UH with 17 points and nine rebounds. With a three 3-pointers, Atwell moved past Nani Cockett for fourth all-time for UH in career 3-pointers with 129. Hawaii senior Jadynn Alexander finished with 10 points.

Mackenzie Trpcic scored 13 points and Sage Stobbart added 12 to lead the Aggies, who play UC Irvine for the conference title today.