Hawaii still looking for first road win of the season after losing at Nevada.
RENO, NV.- Hawaii suffered another heartbreaking loss on the road with a 75-69 setback against Nevada Thursday night at the Lawlor Events Center. Laura Ingham's driving layup with 45 seconds proved the game-winner as the Rainbow Wahine dropped their sixth straight away from home this season.
The loss marked the fourth straight road game in which UH came up empty despite either holding the lead or being tied with its opponent in the final minutes. The Rainbow Wahine dropped to 12-10 overall and 6-7 in the WAC, while losing for the fifth time in the last six games.
Nevada (10-14, 3-11 WAC), meanwhile, won for the third time in its last four games after losing its first 10 conference games. They also broke an eight-game losing streak to UH and avenged a similarly heartbreaking loss in Honolulu last month.
Kim Willougby tied her career high with 20 points, while Natasja Allen and Michelle Gabriel chipped in 10 points apiece for the Rainbow Wahine. Kate Smith led the four Wolf Pack in double figures with 18 points and Ingham added 17 points and eight assists.
The first half was a streaky one. Nevada opened up with a 16-9 lead, but Kim Willoughby powered UH into the lead by scoring nine points in a 11-2 run. The Wolf Pack reclaimed the lead with a 10-0 run of their own for an eight-point cushion, the largest of the half with five minutes left. But the Rainbow Wahine, who went scoreless for six minutes, scored on their next four possessions to take the lead again as Gabriel's 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run. By the end of a furious half, Nevada clung to 36-35 lead.
The second half was a see-saw affair with nine lead changes and four ties in the first seven minutes. UH, however, took control with 12 minutes remaining and led for nearly the duration, building their lead to as many as eight points with seven minutes remaining. Nevada knotted the score at 66-66 late in the game, but April Atuaia responded with a 3-pointer at the two-minute mark.
That, however, would be the final points for UH on the evening. Smith tied the game on a 3-pointer on Nevada's next possession. The Rainbow Wahine failed to convert their next trip down, setting up Ingham's game-winning bucket in the last minute. UH had an opportunity to retake the lead, but Atuaia's 3-point attempt from the left corner fell well short and the Wolf Pack sealed the game on the foul line.