Rainbow Wahine Race Past Otahkians

HONOLULU - Hawaii broke open a close game with a strong second half to defeat Southeast Missouri State, 79-69, on the opening evening of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Wahine improved to 2-2, showing little rust despite a 10-day hiatus. UH got career performances from its starting backcourt of Milia Macfarlane and Janevia Taylor to grab its second straight win. Taylor drained a career-best 23 points, while Macfarlane recorded personal-highs in points (15) and assists (5). The pair was also instrumental in breaking down the Southeast Missouri State press. The Otahkians came into the game with a high-octane offense averaging more than 80 points per game, and generated many of their points off their pressure defense. UH managed the ball well and in turn held SE Missouri State (4-1) well below their scoring average in snapping the Otahkians four-game winning streak. The game was tight throughout until the Rainbow Wahine went on a decisive run in the second half. Each team held the lead in the first half with the margin never more than seven points. UH held a 36-31 lead at the break and was clinging to a 44-43 lead with 13 minutes remaining. But over the next four minutes UH went on a 15-2 run. Taylor's 3-point play gave UH a 59-45 bulge with just under nine minutes left. The Otahkians responded with seven straight points to cut the deficit in half, but that would be as close as they would get. The Rainbow Wahine shot 44 percent from the floor, including 7-of-14 from 3-point land. Sophomore Brittany Grice made all six of her shots from the field and finished with 14 points, one shy of her career high. Jade Abele added 10 for the Rainbow Wahine, while Tatiana Conceicao led the Otahkians with 22 points. The Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational continues on Friday as Southeast Missouri State takes on Brigham Young at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. The tournament concludes on Saturday as UH and BYU square off at 4 p.m.

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