The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, losing to the No. 4 UCLA Bruins by a score of 66-50.
The No. 14 Wahine (21-11) kept up with the Bruins (25-8) in the opening minutes of the first quarter despite turning the ball over on numerous occasions. Hawai‘i turned the ball over a total of 17 times on the game but when they had possession, the ‘Bows weren’t able to muster enough offense when they needed it.
UH shot 12-of-60 from the field (20 percent) while the Bruins shot 26-of-59 (44.1 percent). From behind the arc, Hawai‘i were abysmal as they shot 17.4 percent from deep while continuing to fall behind on the scoresheet.
Only center Megan Huff was able to score in double-digits and post a double-double on the day. Huff was Hawai‘i’s best player on the court against UCLA, scoring 18 points to go along with her 13 boards. Guard Destiny King had a tough game, but still managed to register eight points and nine rebounds.
UCLA didn’t win the rebounding battle (45-42 UH) but were able to swat eight of the Wahine’s shot attempts while getting out into transition to get easy baskets. Despite 18 turnovers on the game, UCLA never looked like losing this one.
The Bruins were led by Nirra Fields who scored 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing four assists.
For the Wahine, their season is over as the Bruins advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament to take on the USF on Monday, Mar. 21.