The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team completed its second season sweep with a 72-49 victory over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine (10-13, 6-4 BWC) have now exceeded their win total from last season against conference opponents. If they can win their next game, they will exceed their win total from the 2016-2017 season, where they won 10 games.
The win bumped the Wahine into the No. 4 spot in the conference standings, giving them a half-game lead over CSUN. The Gauchos (5-18, 2-8) have lost seven of their last eight games and remain at the bottom of the Big West standings.
"We were never worried about bouncing back," said head coach Laura Beeman. "This team has shown all year they can bounce back after tough losses, like the one we had over the weekend at Long Beach State. What we have to do is be consistent. We need to take the momentum we had tonight and carry it into the weekend. I want to see this team rolling like it was in the third quarter tonight when Long Beach State comes here on Saturday."
UH had a 30 point explosion in the third quarter which really sealed the game.
In the third quarter, UH only had a six-point lead over the Gauchos at 27-21, but thanks to the excellent shooting of junior forward Makenna Woodfolk and sophomore guard Jadynn Alexander, the 'Bows were able to put together a 15-0 run.
UH ended the third quarter with a 20 point lead.
Junior guard Courtney Middap led the Wahine with an all-around game of 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. It was a great game for the whole team, with five different players scoring at least eight points.
As a team, the UH bench quadrupled the UCSB bench score, 33-8. The 'Bows also added to their win total when registering 70 points or better in a game with an overall record of 8-1.
The Wahine will return this Saturday to play against Long Beach State at 5:30 p.m. HST at the Stan Sheriff Center. This game will be the first of a doubleheader, with the men's team scheduled to play at 8 p.m. against UC Riverside.