Women's Quarters Adds Two More Thrillers To Ledger As No. 3 UH and No. 4 UCI Advance
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No. 3 Hawai'i used a late defensive stand and clutch free throws, while No. 4 UC Irvine rallied to get an overtime win in the quarterfinals of the Big West Women's Basketball Tournament. The tourney concluded its rounds at the Pyramid in Long Beach State and now moves to the Honda Center for the semifinals Friday afternoon.
Women's Basketball Wins Big West Tourney Thriller
The University of Hawaii women's basketball team pulled off a nail-biting 52-49 win over Long Beach State in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Big West Tournament Wednesday night at The Walter Pyramid. Ashleigh Karaitiana scored 18 points and the Rainbow Wahine hit four clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The third-seeded Rainbow Wahine (17-12) advance to the tournament semifinals where they will meet No. 2 Cal Poly Friday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. PT/11:30 a.m. HT at the Honda Center. With the win, UH snapped a five-game conference tournament losing streak dating back to 2009. Meanwhile, it will be the team's first semifinal appearance since the 2003 WAC Tournament.
Karaitiana—the Big West Sixth Player of the Year—buried four-of-five from three-point range, including a huge trey with 2:22 left that gave UH a 48-47 lead. LBSU (17-15) re-took the lead on a pair of Raven Benton free throws on the next possession. But Shawna Lei Kuehu answered for UH with a pair of free throws to five UH a 49-48 lead with 1:41 left.
After each team failed to score on consecutive possessions, LBSU retained the ball with 27.9 seconds left and a chance to take the lead. But the UH defense stayed strong as the 49ers turned the ball and were forced to foul. Morgan Mason then calmly netted two free throws with 6.9 seconds to give UH a three-point cushion. LBSU had one final chance to extend the game but missed a three-pointer.
The top defense in the Big West came through when it counted. LBSU shot an opponent season-low 28.3 percent from the floor, including just 4-of-24 from three-point land. Meanwhile, the 49 points allowed was the second lowest for UH this year.
The first half was a tight one with neither team gaining separation. The 'Bows however took over during the final stretch. UH trailed 20-18, but held the Beach scoreless for the final 5:36 while scoring nine straight points to take a 27-20 lead into the locker room.
Sydney Haydel nailed a three-pointer less than four minutes into the half to give UH its biggest lead, 30-21. But it was UH's only field goal in its first 11 attempts of the second half. The Beach took full advantage and a 13-0 run put LBSU back up, 33-30, with 13:15 left. From there it was all-out battle as the team traded the lead eight times in the second half.
UH played without leading scorer and rebounder Kamiliah Jackson for the seventh straight game.
UC Irvine Advances To Big West Semifinal With Overtime Win Against UC Davis
Camille Buckley posted a career-high 34 points to lead fourth-seed UC Irvine to a 74-70 overtime victory over fifth-seed UC Davis in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament at the Walter Pyramid Wednesday.
The Anteaters advance to the semifinals Friday (Mar. 14) to face No. 1 seed Cal State Northridge at noon at the Honda Center.
UCI wins a Big West Tournament game for the first time since 2005 and improves to 17-14 overall. The team's 17 wins is the most since the 2002-03 squad went 17-12.
Senior forward Camille Buckley posted a career-high 34 points on 12-24 shooting from the floor and 10-15 from the free throw line. She recorded her league-leading 18th double-double with 17 rebounds. She also had three assists and three steals in 43 minutes of action. Buckley did most of her damage in the second half, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 points. Her 34 points is the most for an Anteater player since Kassandra McCallister had 36 on Feb. 18, 2012 against UC Santa Barbara.
Senior guard Kelly Meggs had13 points, hitting three three-pointers and senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto totaled 11 points, all in the second half.
Junior guard Methlyn Onogomuho added nine points and 10 rebounds, while senior forward Jasmine Bernard had four points and Lauren Spinazze had three points and three steals.
Sydnee Fipps led UC Davis with 22 points, knocking down 6-10 from long range. Celia Marfone (14), Kelsey Harris (12) and Heidi Johnson (10) followed Fipps with double-digit scoring. The Aggies were 11-28 from three-pointer distance.
The teams were tied for the ninth time, 66-66, with 1:38 left in regulation before a layup by Davis' Lauren Beyer put the Aggies in front 68-66 with nine second remaining. Following 30-second timeouts by each team, UCI's Jennifer Tsurumoto drove to the basket and dropped it in with two seconds on the clock to send the game in to overtime.
Free throws were the key to the extra period for UCI as the Anteaters went 4-6 from the line. After an opening basket by Camille Buckley, she put in two of four free throws with the last coming at 2:28 to give UCI a 72-70 lead. A missed jumper by the Aggies was rebounded by Kelly Meggs who was fouled with 10 ticks left. Meggs drained both to secure the four point victory.