Wahine Basketball: San Jose St. 62 Hawaii 50

Spartans pull away in the second half as Hawaii falls to 5-14 overall and 3-7 in the WAC.

HONOLULU--The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team dropped its third straight game with a 62-50 loss to San Jose State Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. A second-half scoring drought doomed the Rainbow Wahine who fell to 5-14 overall and 3-7 in the WAC. UH made just five field goals in the second half and went nearly 10 minutes without a bucket. The Rainbow Wahine shot just 21 percent in the second frame, allowing the Spartans (13-6, 5-5) to turn a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead. The Spartans snapped a three-game losing streak and picked up just their second win in 18 games in Honolulu. San Jose State has won the last three games in the all-time series, a series that has been dominated by UH. Jade Abele finished with a game-high 12 points for UH, while Janevia Taylor added 11. Pam Tambini, playing her first game in more than a month notched seven points and a team-high six rebounds. Cricket Williams finished with a game-high 20 points for San Jose State. The first half was defined by both team's tight defense and timely shot-making, resulting in four ties and eight lead changes. A 7-0 run gave the Spartans a 28-22 lead late in the half, but UH answered with seven unanswered points of their own to retake the lead. San Jose State took a 31-29 edge at the break, in part due to strong offensive rebounding (11). The Rainbow Wahine could not match the Spartan's resolve in the second half, as San Jose State turned up the defensive pressure and shut down the Hawai`i offensive effort. An Amy Sander's 3-pointer put UH up 35-33 three minutes into the half. But the Spartans proceeded on a 15-2 run to take an 11-point lead midway through the second as UH failed to make a field goal until Tambini's bucket with 7:29 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Janevia Taylor with 6:03 remaining cut the deficit to six and gave the Rainbow Wahine hope, but their momentum was dashed by a technical foul for having six players on the court following a timeout. Williams converted the free-throws, and Teoma Taylor scored on the ensuing possession to extend the lead back to double-digits. Hawaii`i only notched one more field goal in the final 3:53, as the Spartans coasted to the win. The Rainbow Wahine next hit the road to take on nationally-ranked Louisiana Tech on Thursday, February 12. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CST.

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