By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
You’ve heard the saying, “Records are made to be broken.” But there are some records that may, in fact, never be touched. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, for example, has stood for 79 years. Pete Rose made headlines when he had a 44-game hitting streak, but that was 42 years ago, and he still fell 12 games short. Likewise, can you see anyone threatening Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962? Kobe Bryant came closest, with 81, but was still 19 points from the record.
We peeked into the record books of various University of Hawaii sports programs and found 10 records that we think will endure till the end of time. Let us know if you disagree!
♦ Rainbow Wahine Basketball, Most Points by a Player in a Single Game: In a 1989 road game against Pacific, the late, great Judy Mosley-McAfee scored 46 points. In fact, Mosley-McAfee has 6 of the program’s top 10 individual scoring outputs. The most recent Rainbow Wahine to crack 30 points is Julissa Tago, who put up 34 this past February.
♦ Rainbow Warrior Football, Most Career Passing Yards: Timmy Chang has the record, with 17,072. It was the NCAA record until Case Keenum broke it in 2011. Can you imagine a UH QB averaging more than 4,000 passing yards per season for four seasons? We can’t, either. (Note: Chang had the benefit of passing for 1,100 yards in 2001 before sitting out the rest of the year as a redshirt.)
♦ Rainbow Warrior Football, Most TD Passes by a Player in a Single Season: Colt Brennan tossed for 58 scores in 2006.
♦ Rainbow Warrior Football, Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed atein a Single Game: In Hawaii’s milestone 56-14 rout of BYU in 1989, the UH defense held the Cougars’ rushing attack to minus-55 yards. Let’s repeat that: MINUS. 55. YARDS!
♦ Rainbow Warrior Basketball, Most Rebounds by a Player in a Single Game: It’s been nearly 50 years since Bob Nash pulled down 30 boards in the 1971 Rainbow Classic championship game against Arizona State. The last UH player to grab 20 rebounds in a single contest was Petras Balocka in 2009. He had 20 against Lamar.
♦ Rainbow Warrior Basketball, Most Points by UH in a Single Game: The “Fabulous Five” poured in 125 points against Pepperdine in January 1972. 100-point games are a rarity for the Rainbow Warriors. They did put up 117 against Long Beach State in 2017, but that game included an overtime period.
♦ Rainbow Wahine Volleyball, Most Service Aces by a Player in a Three-Set Match: Sarah Mason served up 9 aces against Fairfield in 2006. That’s pretty hard to beat.
♦ Rainbow Wahine Softball, Most Innings Pitched by a Player in a Single Game: In 1986, Cora Uyeshiro went 16 innings against Long Beach State. The NCAA record, unbelievably, is 31 innings. Creighton’s Kelly Brookhart and Utah’s Janet Womack were locked in a historic pitchers’ duel in 1991. Creighton took that game, 1-0.
♦ Rainbow Wahine Softball, Most Runs Scored by UH in a single Game: Hawaii beat a Grambling State, 25-0, in a road game against Grambling State. With the mercy rule now in place, we don’t see that kind of scoring output again any time soon.
♦ Rainbow Warrior Baseball, Most Pitching Victories by a Player in a Single Season: It’s been more than 40 years since Derek Tatsuno posted a sparkling 20-1 record. Only one other pitcher in NCAA history has reached 20 wins in one season (Florida State’s Mike Loynd went 20-3 in 1986). Yeah, this one is untouchable.
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