Womens Basketball: Goo era is pau

Hawaii gets bounced from the WAC tournement by Boise State ending the storied coaching career of Vince Goo.

FRESNO, Calif.--Cassidy Blaine's 3-pointer with six seconds remaining lifted Boise State to a 59-56 win over Hawaii in the opening round of the 2004 McCaffrey Western Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Save Mart Center. UH ended the season at 8-20 with the loss in what proved to be the last game for retiring head coach Vince Goo.

The Broncos (9-19) ended the game with a 9-3 run on the Rainbow Wahine, who played the final three minutes of the game without starters Jade Abele and Brittany Grice. Both players fouled out before Boise State made its final move.

UH led 53-50 on a pair of Grice free throws with 4:33 remaining, but that's when things started to unravel. Grice and Abele fouled out within the next minute and a Nadia Begay 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining gave BSU a 54-53 lead. Jamie Hawkins extended the lead, 56-53, on a layup with 41 seconds, but outgoing senior April Atuaia answered for UH with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the score with 24 seconds left.

That set up Blaine's winning 3-pointer from the left wing as time wound down. UH ran the ball down court but were unable to get a shot off before time expired.

Janevia Taylor led UH with 18 points, while Abele added 14 points and nine rebounds. Amy Sanders finished with career-highs in rebounds (11) and assists (six). Michelle Hessing led Boise State with 16 points, while Begay added 13.

It was a two-player show for the Rainbow Wahine early as Sanders and Taylor scored the team's first 13 points and combined for 16 of UH's first 18 points. The pair kept UH in the game and after trailing closely for much of the first half, UH ended with an 8-0 run to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.

Ultimately, Boise State's zone defense relegated the Rainbow Wahine to a perimeter game. UH had 14 3-point attempts in the first 12 minutes, 23 attempts by halftime and finished with a school and conference tournament record 31 3-point attempts. UH converted on just nine of those attempts for a 29 percent clip.

UH led by as many seven points in the second half, but the Rainbow Wahine went scoreless for nearly five minutes to allow the Broncos back in the game. The final 10 minutes was a back-and-forth affair that saw six ties and seven lead changes.

The loss was UH's first-ever to Boise State in seven meetings. It was also the 500th career game for head coach, who leaves the Rainbow Wahine program with 334 career wins.

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