Wahine Basketball: No Paradise for Hawaii

Wahine drop consolation game of the Ala Moana Paradise Classic to Tennessee Tech and fall to 2-7 on the season.

HONOLULU--Hawaii closed out its non-conference schedule with a 64-59 loss to Tennessee Tech in the consolation game of the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise Classic Tuesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Despite a furious rally in the final minutes, UH dropped to 2-7 with its third straight loss.

UH trailed by as many as 19 points but battled back behind a flurry of 3-pointers. UH hit a season-high 10 treys, including three in a one minute span. Milia Macfarlane's trey with 35 seconds left brought the Rainbow Wahine within three points, 62-59, but that would be as close as it would get.

Jade Abele led UH with 20 points, with all six of her field goals coming from 3-point range. The six 3-pointers tied a school record shared by four others. Bryony Crouch, who has seen limited action this year, chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Emily Christian led three Golden Eaglettes in double figures with 15 points.

The Rainbow Wahine unveiled their new black uniforms, but couldn't get on track for most of the game as Tennessee Tech (3-5) led from start to finish. UH managed just 18 first half points and the Eaglettes began to run away in the second half with an array of 3-pointers.

Despite missing 20 of its 26 first half field goal attempts, UH trailed by just eight, 26-18 at the break. Tennessee Tech went on a 12-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half to extend its lead to 18 points. The Golden Eaglettes hit four straight 3-point attempts during the run.

UH would not quit and shot 40 percent from the floor in the second frame. Hawaii was stymied though by free throw shooting as they hit just 8-of-15 from the line.

Northern Iowa captured the tournament championship with an 83-77 overtime win over Fairfield.

UH return to action on January 3 when they open up the Western Athletic Conference season on the road with a game at Fresno State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. PST.

All-Tournament Team: Emily Christian (Tennessee Tech), Alex Cook (Northern Iowa), Jade Abele (Hawaii), Marybeth Chartier (Fairfield), Schrene Isidora (Fairfield) MVP: Amy Swisher (Northern Iowa)


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