Middap dribble

Courtney Middap (2) drives to the basket against UTSA at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Center Lauren Rewers continued her strong start to the season, knocking down a team-high 13 points (tied) to lead the University of Hawai‘i women’s basketball team to a 62-50 win over the UTSA Roadrunners. The junior, who is entered the game second on the team in scoring this season, has now crossed the double-digit threshold for the third time in four games, nearly doubling her career output in that category.

The Rainbow Wahine (3-1) also got a big boost from the bench, led by sophomore forward Myrrah Joseph, who knocked down a season-high 13 points. 7 of her points came in a 21-point fourth quarter for the ‘Bows.

The game opened with a defensive slugfest. The Rainbow Wahine eventually drew first blood to get on the board, with a Jadynn Alexander layup nearly three minutes into the game. The basket jump started a 10-0 ‘Bows run that gave them a commanding early lead. At 2:23, UTSA knocked down their first jumper to cut into the lead, but a Rewers layup in the final minute again brought the Wahine lead up to double-digits to end the frame.

The Roadrunners more than doubled their output of the game on their first possession of the second quarter, knocking down a three to open the frame. Another UTSA jumper cut the deficit down to just six. Hawai‘i turned to the bench to stop the bleeding, as freshman Makayla Edwards knocked down two layups in the span of a minute to pull the lead back up.

Having found their scoring touch, the Roadrunners were able to increase their production ten-fold, erupting for 19 points in the quarter. But they couldn’t take advantage of their increased scoring output, as the ‘Bows hung on to the lead with 15 points in the frame. Redshirt junior Amy Atwell led the way, as the forward knocked down a pair of triples in the quarter.  

UTSA again opened the third quarter strong, knocking down a jumper and a layup to cut the UH lead to two. Senior guard Julissa Tago put in a layup in the paint to ensure that the ‘Bows would  hang on to their lead. Rewers responded in kind with another layup. The back-and-forth continued throughout the quarter. The Roadrunners came out with a slim 15-14 lead in the quarter, but an Atwell layup at 0:50 sent the game into the final quarter with a 41-36 UH lead.

Riding the momentum of Atwell’s basket, the Wahine rattled off nine straight points to extend their lead to 14, their biggest advantage of the game. Hawai‘i restored the order, outscoring UTSA 21-14 in the final period. Joseph chipped in 7 points off the bench to lead the team in scoring in the quarter.

The Rainbow Wahine take on Texas Southern to wrap up the Bank of Hawai‘i Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. HST.