The University of Hawai‘i women’s basketball team will travel for their Big West Conference series at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the University of California-Irvine with momentum.
The Wahine, who climbed out of last place in the Big West Conference with back-to-back conference victories 49-47 and 57-43 over Cal State Fullerton, could allow Hawai‘i to move into the middle of the standings.
The Wahine accomplished this feat with back-to-back strong defensive efforts against the Titans.
Hawai‘i clamped down on the Titans, holding Cal State Fullerton to a combined 90 points in the series.
Two members of the Wahine offense experienced breakout performances. Redshirt freshman Olivia Davies and senior Jadynn Alexander combined to score 29 points in the series.
Davies and Alexander aren’t the only two Wahine that have elevated their style of play. Sophomore forward Kasey Neubert has adjusted to her new-found role in the starting rotation. As a starter, Neubert is averaging six points and seven rebounds per game.
The number of rebounds she is grabbing per contest ranks seventh throughout the entire Big West Conference.
Amy Atwell has also emerged as one of the Wahine’s 3-point threats. As of press time, Atwell ranks third in the conference in 3-point shots made and has made 88% of her free throw attempts.
If the Rainbows are able to manufacture more offense, they will complement a defense that is ranked near the top of the Big West.
Hawai’i currently ranks No. 1 in scoring defense, and they are holding the opposition to 51.25 points per game heading into their contests with the University of California-Irvine.