By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
Congratulations to University of Hawaii basketball standout Amy Atwell, who yesterday was named the Big West Conference’s ”Player of the Year.” The award is another milestone in Atwell’s memorable season, which includes leading the Rainbow Wahine to the conference’s regular season championship.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Amy Atwell:
♦ This past Saturday, Atwell moved into the 10th spot on Hawaii’s career scoring list (1,202 points), just edging past Keisha Kanekoa (1,200). Atwell is now just behind Sarah Toeaina (1,204).
♦ Atwell is a sixth-year ”super senior” who has improved her scoring average every season, from 4.3 in 2017-18 to 17.9 this season.
♦ This season, Atwell has earned Big West Conference “Player of the Week” honors on four different occasions – a new program record.
♦ Atwell led the conference in scoring (17.9 ppg). She finished sixth in rebounds (6.6), third in field goal percentage (.444), second in free throw percentage (.848), second in three-pointers (2.4 per game), 10th in steals (1.5) and 12th in blocked shots (0.6).
♦ In the summer of 2018, the Rainbow Wahine took a 10-day trip to New Zealand and Atwell’s homeland of Australia. She got to see her family and friends, as well as share her culture with her team.
♦ Last month, on Feb. 5, Atwell drained a step-back three in the fourth quarter against UC Riverside to set a new program record for career three-pointers, with 168. Megan Tinnin previously held the record.
♦ She was the Big West’s ”Sixth Player of the Year” for the 2019-20 season.
♦ Atwell also played softball in high school and was her team’s MVP in 2014.
♦ Atwell is three games away from tying the Rainbow Wahine record for games played. The record is currently shared by Shawna Lei-Kuehu and Ashleigh Karaitiana 125).
♦ Atwell graduated last May with a degree in Marketing & Management.