Wahine Basketball Beats UCLA

The UH Wahine Basketball team opened the season with a thrilling 60-56 win over PAC-10 power UCLA.

The University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine basketball team surged ahead in a close game then held off a furious rally to defeat UCLA, 70-66, in the opening game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH almost let a double-digit lead slip away late in the game, but showed enough grit to win their 14th straight season-opener at home.

Senior center
Christen Roper scored a team-high 14 points and recorded her seventh career double-double by adding a game-high 11 rebounds. She also added three blocked shots.

Sophomore Jade Abele , making her first career start, tied her career-high with 13 points, while junior April Atuaia and senior Natasja Allen each finished with 12.

UH built their biggest lead of the game, 65-55, with just 1:34 left in the game, but the Bruins game roaring back, scoring eight straight points in less than 40 seconds. The Rainbow Wahine broke the Bruin press to get ahead by four, but a 3-pointer by Lisa Willis made the score 67-66 with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Abele hit a pair of free throws on UH's next possession, and when Michelle Greco's 3-pointer from the top of the key fell off the rim with 10 seconds left, the Rainbow Wahine escaped with an opening-day win.

The game was close throughout with the Bruins owning a 31-30 lead at the half. No team lead by more than four points until UH built a 10-point lead in the final three minutes. The Rainbow Wahine trailed by three with eight minutes remaining, but consecutive three-point plays Abele and Atuaia gave UH a lead they would not relinquish.

UH shot 62 percent in the second half and outscored the Bruins 25-9 at the free throw line. UH also out-rebounded UCLA 40-34.

UH next faces Sacramento State on Monday at 7 p.m. to conclude the tournament. The Hornets will play UCLA Sunday at 2 p.m.

Official Basketball Box Score
UCLA vs Hawaii
11/23/02 1:00pm at Stan Sheriff Center
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VISITORS: UCLA (0-1)
                  T-FG  3-PT     REBOUNDS
## Player Name    FG-AT M-A FT-A OF DE TO PF TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Nakase, Natalie 2-8  0-2  0-0  1  0  1  3  4  5  1  0  1  28
11 Pitts, Julia... 2-5  0-0  0-2  3  2  5  5  4  1  1  0  0  27
20 Greco, Michelle 7-22 0-3  6-6  0  3  3  2 20  5  1  0  1  35
32 Blue, Nikki.... 1-8  0-2  0-0  1  2  3  5  2  3  2  1  1  22
35 Veasley, Jamila 3-5  0-0  1-2  2  2  4  5  7  0  1  1  1  23
13 Arranaga, Genni 1-4  0-0  0-0  1  2  3  3  2  1  0  0  3  12
14 Jarrett, Natali 0-0  0-0  0-0  1  1  2  2  0  0  1  0  0   3
21 Bradley, Jalina 0-1  0-0  0-0  1  0  1  1  0  1  1  0  0   9
40 Willis, Lisa... 7-10 3-4  1-2  2  3  5  2 18  0  3  0  2  16
44 Tautolo, Emma.. 4-8  0-1  1-2  1  4  5  1  9  1  0  0  1  24
54 Pickett, Sissy. 0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM...........                1  1  2
   Totals.........27-71 3-12 9-1414 20 34 29 66 17 11  2 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1H: 14-33 42.4% 2H: 13-38 34.2% Game: 38.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1H:  1-4  25.0% 2H:  2-8  25.0% Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1H:  2-4  50.0% 2H:  7-10 70.0% Game: 64.3%    3

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HOME TEAM: Hawaii (1-0)
                  T-FG  3-PT     REBOUNDS
## Player Name    FG-AT M-A FT-A OF DE TO PF TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Abele, Jade..   4-7  1-2  4-4  0  6  6  4 13  4  6  0  1  31
14 Roper, Christen.7-12 0-0  0-2  4  7 11  3 14  1  0  3  0  34
21 Gabriel, Michel 0-1  0-0  6-9  0  2  2  0  6  0  2  1  0  19
31 Atuaia, April...5-9  0-0  2-5  1  0  1  1 12  2  3  0  1  33
32 Allen, Natasja..4-7  0-0  4-4  1  6  7  3 12  0  1  0  1  25
11 Macfarlane, Mil 0-2  0-1  5-6  0  3  3  1  5  3  2  0  0  21
20 Jones, Penny... 0-0  0-0  0-0  0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0   8
23 Sanders, Amy... 1-1  0-0  2-4  2  4  6  2  4  1  2  0  1  17
34 Spooner, Calli  1-3  0-0  2-2  0  1  1  1  4  0  0  0  0  12
   TEAM..........                    2  2           2
   Totals........ 22-42 1-3 25-36 8 32 40 15 70 11 19  4  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1H:  9-21 42.9%   2H: 13-21 61.9% Game: 52.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1H:  1-2  50.0%   2H:  0-1   0.0% Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1H: 11-15 73.3%   2H: 14-21 66.7% Game: 69.4%    3

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Officials: Brian Yamasaki, Pat Tanibe, Kirk Hottendorf
Technical fouls: UCLA-None. Hawaii-None.
Attendance: 1558
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
UCLA..........................   31   35  -   66
Hawaii........................   30   40  -   70


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