Sophomore guard Jadynn Alexander came off the bench to help the Rainbow Wahine sweep Cal Poly in a 70-52 win on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Alexander finished the game with 15 points, her highest scoring game since Nov. 24.
“I was able to see some gaps that I was able to attack and my teammates were able to find me,” Alexander said.
Hawaiʻi (8-12, 4-3 Big West Conference) outperformed Cal Poly (4-14, 1-6 BWC) from the beginning, only allowing two points in seven minutes of the first quarter. The Rainbow Wahine were dominant inside as well, as they hit 71 percent of their shots in the paint.
“It was a good bounce back game for us,” head coach Laura Beeman said.
Alexander led the team in scoring off the bench, surpassing her previous career high of 10, with 11 in the first half alone. The Rainbow Wahine bench outscored the Cal Poly team in the first half, 21-17.
The team also had another spark off of the bench in junior guard Julissa Tago, who scored 11 points. Two of the Rainbow Wahine’s three players who scored in double-digits came off of the bench.
“We’re moving better without the ball, confidence is the key to our success,” Tago said.
The third player who was able to score in double digits was sophomore center Lauren Rewers with 11 points. It was her highest scoring game since Jan. 5, and her second highest scoring game of the season.
“She got great one-on-one situations, she was confident and she was able to find out shooters, she’s a tough matchup when she’s aggressive,” Beeman said.
The Wahine held Cal Poly to 34.5 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from 3-point land while out rebounding them, 32-29.
The Rainbow Wahine will now go on a two-game road trip to take on UC Irvine and Long Beach State. They will return to the Stan Sheriff Center on Feb. 13 to take on UC Santa Barbara.