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20 Years Ago Today

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

It’s time for another trip in our time machine to see what occurred in the world of sports exactly 20 years ago!

♦ Led by Jana Gabrielova’s 24 points, the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team beat BYU, 77-73, in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Free throws were ultimately the difference in the overtime thriller at the Stan Sheriff Center, as the Rainbow Wahine converted 29 of 36 charity-stripe attempts, while the Cougars were only 8 for 15. Both Gabrielova and Crystal Lee were a perfect 10 for 10 from the line. UH, who improved to 24-7 on the year, advanced to host Oklahoma State.

♦ It was revealed that UH football head coach June Jones, still recovering from the nearly fatal car crash that he suffered on Feb. 22, would not attend the team’s spring game. There had been hope that his condition had improved enough that he might make an appearance. “It’s not going to change anything that we do,” defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. “We’re still going to approach the game the way that June would have wanted us to.”

♦ TCU beat the UH baseball team, 11-8, in a WAC conference game at Rainbow Stadium. “It’s just the little things,” said Hawaii’s acting head coach, Carl Furutani. “They’re all correctable. Sometimes it feels like we’re in spring training with the mistakes we’re making.”

♦ In an attempt to revitalize his NFL career, QB Ryan Leaf agreed to restructure his contract and take less money to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leafs, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, has been scheduled to make $1.5 million in the upcoming season. The Bucs had just recently claimed Leaf off waivers.

♦ Two day’s after winning the Bay Hill Invitational, Tiger Woods maintained his No. 1 ranking in the PGA for the 83rd consecutive week – the second-longest streak on record.

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