Wahine Basketball: San Jose St. thumps Hawaii

Spartans run past the Wahine, 73-45, handing Hawaii their worse loss since 2002.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--After a first half devoid of offensive fireworks, San Jose State used a second half explosion to pull away from Hawaii, 73-45, Thursday night at Walt McPherson Court. UH dropped to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the WAC.

The Spartans, who won for the ninth time in the last 10 games, scored 19 unanswered points in the second half, including a variety of 3-pointers, to cruise to victory. San Jose State finished with 12 3-pointers, the most ever against a Rainbow Wahine squad. Chenne Tuimoloau nailed six of those treys and finished with a game-high 20 points.

San Jose (10-2, 2-1) came into the game leading the WAC in scoring defense at 57.5 ppg and they were true to form against the Rainbow Wahine. UH scored just 14 first half points and were held to a season-low 45 points.

The first half proved to be an offensive struggle for both teams. San Jose State missed 28 of its first 33 attempts but led the game due to strong offensive rebounding. The Spartans grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the first half, allowing the Spartans to double up on UH in shot attempts (44-22) and on the scoreboard (28-14). UH shot just 23 percent in the first half, although the Spartans weren't much better at 25 percent.

UH picked up its offense early in the second half and started to chip into the San Jose State lead. The Rainbow Wahine cut the lead to 10 points, 38-28, five minutes into the half, but a Tuimoloau 3-pointer sparked a 19-0 run that blew the game open. The Rainbow Wahine went scoreless for nearly seven minutes, until Jade Abele's layup ended the drought with 8:17 left in the game. By then the Spartans had extended their lead to 29 points and were in cruise control.

Abele finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the first double-double for a Rainbow Wahine this year. Cricket Williams registered a double-double for the Spartans with 15 points and 10 assists. April Atuaia led Hawaii with 16 points, all of them coming in the second half.

The Rainbow Wahine return to action on Thursday, January 15 when they play their WAC home opener against SMU. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.


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