By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
After trailing by only nine points at halftime, the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team was overwhelmed by No. 7-ranked Baylor, 89-49, in today’s opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears, the No. 2 seed in the tournament’s Wichita Bracket, used a 34-8 run in the decisive third quarter to pull away from the No. 15-seeded Rainbow Wahine.
Bears All-American forward NaLyssa Smith paced the Baylor attack with 21 points and 14 rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time. Hawaii was led by Big West ”Player of the Year” Amy Atwell, who put up 29 points and 13 boards in her final game as a Rainbow Wahine.
Baylor dominated Hawaii on the boards, out-rebounding the Rainbow Wahine, 56-35.
Hawaii concluded its season with a 20-10 record.