By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
After a prolonged road trip, the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team returns to SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center this weekend to close out the 2020-21 regular season. The Rainbow Wahine (6-5 in the Big West, 7-6 overall) host conference leader UC Davis (8-0, 9-1) tonight and Saturday. CBS 1500 will carry tonight’s game (6:50 p.m.), and ESPN Honolulu will broadcast Saturday’s contest (5:50 p.m.). Here are some quick notes about this matchup:
♦ The Rainbow Wahine are on a four-game losing streak against the Aggies. During this span, UH has lost by scoring margins of 17, 13, 8 and 26 points. Overall, Hawaii is 7-11 against the Aggies. Their most recent meeting was Feb. 22 of last year, when UC Davis prevailed, 65-48. Hawaii was led by center Lauren Rewers, who scored 17 points.
♦ The Aggies feature a balanced attack with four players averaging double-digit scoring averages. The team’s top player is senior forward Cierra Hall, who leads UC Davis in scoring (13.8), rebounding (7.1), steals (13) and free throw percentage (.907).
♦ it will be “Senior Night” for three Rainbow Wahine players: forward Amy Atwell, guard Jadynn Alexander and center Barbara Rangel. Atwell currently leads the team in scoring (12.5) and three-pointers made (30), while Alexander leads in minutes played (33.2) and is second in scoring (10.4).
♦ Sophomore forward Kasey Nuebert has quietly put together an impressive season for the Rainbow Wahine. Nuebert leads UH in rebounds with an 8.2 average. She also leads the Big West Conference in FG percentage (55.4%).
♦ Atwell is five made three-pointers away from tying Rainbow Wahine great Nani Cockett on the program’s career three-pointers list.
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