Wahine Dominate Nevada

HONOLULU - Hawai`i rebounded from its worst loss of the season by posting its most emphatic win of the year, a 71-43 rout of Nevada Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 5-4 and 1-1 in the WAC with the win.<p>

UH opened the New Year with a bang, winning a game by its largest margin of the season and its largest since a 31-point win at Boise State during the 2002-03 season. The Rainbow Wahine scored the first seven points of the game, took a 20-point lead by halftime and never looked back. Coming off a 22-point home loss to Fresno State two nights earlier, Hawaii also avoided its first-ever 0-2 start in conference play.

Amy Sanders led the charge with a career-high 25 points, including 11 in the first half when UH broke the game open. The junior wing player shot 9-of-13 from the field and hit all three of her 3-point attempts. Janevia Taylor and Milia Macfarlane also finished in double-digits with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Things went bad from the get-go for Nevada (4-8, 0-2 WAC), losers of four straight games. UH forced seven turnovers and held Nevada to just one field goal in the game's first nine minutes to build a quick double-digit lead. Of UH's 33 first-half points, more than half (17), came off of Wolf Pack turnovers.

UH built its lead to as many as 30 points late in the game and eventually cleared its bench, with 14 players seeing action. The Rainbow Wahine shot a season-high 51.9 percent from the floor and set a season high in assists (21), while also turning out one of its best defensive performances. Nevada struggled all evening and shot just 25.9 percent with UH blocking nine Wolf Pack shots. The 43 points was the lowest by a UH opponent thus far this season. UH Rolls Past Nevada, 71-43 HONOLULU - Hawai`i rebounded from its worst loss of the season by posting its most emphatic win of the year, a 71-43 rout of Nevada Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 5-4 and 1-1 in the WAC with the win. UH opened the New Year with a bang, winning a game by its largest margin of the season and its largest since a 31-point win at Boise State during the 2002-03 season. The Rainbow Wahine scored the first seven points of the game, took a 20-point lead by halftime and never looked back. Coming off a 22-point home loss to Fresno State two nights earlier, Hawaii also avoided its first-ever 0-2 start in conference play. Amy Sanders led the charge with a career-high 25 points, including 11 in the first half when UH broke the game open. The junior wing player shot 9-of-13 from the field and hit all three of her 3-point attempts. Janevia Taylor and Milia Macfarlane also finished in double-digits with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Things went bad from the get-go for Nevada (4-8, 0-2 WAC), losers of four straight games. UH forced seven turnovers and held Nevada to just one field goal in the game's first nine minutes to build a quick double-digit lead. Of UH's 33 first-half points, more than half (17), came off of Wolf Pack turnovers. UH built its lead to as many as 30 points late in the game and eventually cleared its bench, with 14 players seeing action. The Rainbow Wahine shot a season-high 51.9 percent from the floor and set a season high in assists (21), while also turning out one of its best defensive performances. Nevada struggled all evening and shot just 25.9 percent with UH blocking nine Wolf Pack shots. The 43 points was the lowest by a UH opponent thus far this season.

Hawaii next takes to the road for the first time this season when they face San Jose State on Saturday, January 8. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. PST.


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