Sophomore guard Courtney Middap dropped 16 points off the bench to help push the Rainbow Wahine (12-15, Big West Conference 8-6) past the Cal State Fullerton Titans (13-14, Big West Conference 6-9) on their senior night, 72-53.
Saturday marked the final time seniors Tia Kanoa, Rachel Odumu, and Leah and Lahni Salanoa took the floor at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The first quarter was a duel between the two teams, with Cal State Fullerton’s Daeja Smith going off with eight points in the first 10 minutes of play. The Titans led UH after the first quarter, 14-13.
UH came back completely dominant in the second quarter, outscoring Cal State Fullerton 22-9. The ladies put their stamp on the first half after Odumu was able to get a shot off to end the first half after she grabbed an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw from sophomore center Lauren Rewers.
Cal State Fullerton was able to bounce back in the third quarter behind the play of Smith ,who led both teams in scoring after three quarters with 18 points. Despite being outscored 20-14 by Cal State Fullerton, the Wahine were still able to finish the quarter with a 6-point lead, 49-43.
A deep three by Leah Salanoa put the Wahine up by 13 with 5:30 left in the game. Cal State Fullerton then called a timeout but was not able to bounce back after that. The four seniors checked out of the game with about a minute left in the game to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Cal State Fullerton’s Smith finished the game with a game-high 22 points while grabbing six rebounds and swatting away four shots.
Leah Salanoa led the way for the seniors with 11 points while her sister, Lahni, had three points, five rebounds and a steal. Kanoa had seven points while dishing out six assists and Odumu had one of her best games of the season, scoring five points and pulling down six rebounds with five of them coming off the offensive glass.
The Wahine will close out their regular season on a West Coast road trip as they travel to California to play UC Riverside on March 7 and CSUN on March 9.