The University of Hawai'i women's water polo team suffered its second consecutive loss, falling to top-ranked USC, 12-8 Saturday night at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The Rainbow Wahine (12-4) were led by senior attacker Irene Gonzalez who notched her eighth hat trick of the season, finishing with three goals. For the Trojans (20-0), Maud Megens made five goals to lead USC to its 20th victory.
In the opening frame, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie scored a goal at the 6:21 mark to get UH on the board first. The Trojans answered back, scoring three straight with USC's Paige Hauschild connecting on two scores. Gonzalez hit a goal off a rebound to close the period.
UH went 0-6 in the next period. USC's Megens made three goals, then drilled in four more to take a 7-2 advantage at the break.
USC carried its hot shooting in the third period, finding the back of the net three more times before Lemay-Lavoie stopped the 7-0 run. Both teams would trade goals to close the frame.
With Hawai'i down 11-4 entering the last eight minutes, the team finished the game outscoring the Trojans, 4-1.
Freshman Bridget Layburn played the first half before giving way to Molly DiLalla in the second half.
UH will continue its three-game home stand at the DKAC with a Big West conference matchup against CSUN on March 23, with the first sprint at 6 p.m.