Wahine Basketball: Hawaii holds off Broncos

Janevia Taylor scores 20 points in leading Hawaii to a 51-44 victory at Boise State.

BOISE, Idaho--Janevia Taylor scored a career-high 20 points and UH fended off a Boise State rally to pick up a 51-44 win Saturday afternoon at the BSU Pavilion. The Rainbow Wahine avoided its third three-game losing streak of the season and improved to 5-11 overall and 3-4 in the WAC.

With Hawaii coming off its worst offensive performance in more than 20 years at UTEP, Taylor gave the UH offense a much-needed shot in the arm. The freshman guard scored 18 of her points in the first half as she helped the Rainbow Wahine take a 35-23 lead at the break. Taylor missed just one of her eight shots and nailed four 3-pointers during the span.

UH built a 17-point lead five minutes into the second half, but the Broncos would not fold and held Hawaii to just two points over the next 10 minutes. The Broncos (6-10, 3-4) cut the lead to six, 49-43, with under two minutes was poised to cut into the lead even more when Cassidy Blaine was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:19 left. But Blaine, who entered the game as a 95 percent free throw shooter (18-19), missed two of three attempts and UH would not be threatened thereafter.

The Rainbow Wahine defense was again relentless as UH held its opponent to under 30 percent shooting for the third time in the last four games. The Broncos shot just 29 percent for the game en route to a season-low 44 points, more than 24 points below their season average. Hawaii out-rebounded Boise State 39-24 as Brittany Grice grabbed 12 rebounds for the second game in row.

Offensively, UH recuperated from an scoring drought that saw just four players score in a loss to 44-39 at UTEP. Eight players got on the scoreboard in the first half alone versus the Broncos and the team overcame its lackluster second half with 50 percent shooting in the first half. Taylor's explosion coupled with a balanced UH attack offset an uncharacteristic six-point performance from Jade Abele, who fouled out late in the game.

Blaine led Boise State with 12 points, while Cariann Ramirez added 11.

Hawaii looks for back-to-back wins as the Rainbow Wahine return home to take on Rice on Thursday, January 29. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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