HONOLULU– The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team will host their second consecutive home tournament with the Rainbow Wahine Showdown beginning on Friday, with Eastern Illinois, Utah, and Gonzaga coming to SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center for the three-day event.
|GAME 5 & 6 & 7 | HAWAI’I (1-3) VS. EASTERN ILLINOIS (4-0) | HAWAI’I (1-3) VS. UTAH (4-0) | HAWAI’I (1-3) VS. GONZAGA (3-1)|
|Date | Time||Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, 2:30 p.m. HT | Saturday Nov. 27, 2021, 2:30 p.m. HT | Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, 2:30 p.m. HT|
|Location||Honolulu, O’ahu- SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center|
|Live Stream||Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3|
|Live Stats||vs. EIU | vs. Utah | vs. Gonzaga|
|Game Notes||Hawai’i | EIU | Utah | Gonzaga|
|Social Media||@HawaiiWBB | #HawaiiWBB | @hawaiiwbb | Facebook|
- The Rainbow Wahine are coming off a week where they went 1-1 in the Bank of Hawai’i Classic, notching their first victory of the season on Sunday against Portland State, 71-68.
- The weekend couldn’t be any more different than the week before from a production standpoint. On the road at San Diego and USC, UH only scored 103 points, but at home, UH tallied 148.
- Senior forward Amy Atwell went off during the tournament, dropping a career-high 30 points against Portland and a 29 point performance against Portland State. She shot 56% from the field, 50% from three-point territory, and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Marking the best two-game stretch of her career.
- Joining Atwell as a top producer is graduate center Kallin Spiller. The Seattle, Washington native scored a career-high 20 points against the Vikings and pulled down eight rebounds. Spiller was named to the Bank of Hawai’i tournament squad, and Atwell, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
- The Rainbow Wahine Showdown typically features top teams from opposing conferences, and this edition of the tournament lives up to the reputation. Eastern Illinois, Utah, and Gonzaga come with a combined record of 10-1. Utah is the only one of the three UH has played in recent years, dating back to 2018. The only player remaining on the ‘Bows from the 73-48 loss is Atwell, who played two minutes in the game.
BALLIN’ IN PARADISE
On Nov. 15, head coach Laura Beeman and her staff announced the signing of three high school seniors who will be a part of the 2022-2023 roster. Jovi Lefotu, a native of Kaneohe, O’ahu, is a 5’8 shooting guard and one of the highest touted recruits in Hawai’i. Followed by Imani Perez, a 6’4 forward from Denver, Colorado, provides depth in the post. Wrapping up with Avery Watkins, a 6’0 forward from Seattle, Washington plays well in the paint but is known for expanding the defense and hitting the outside shot.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE LOVE
It took a while, but following Amy Atwell’s performances against Portland on Nov. 19 and Portland State on Nov. 21, where she combined for 59 points, the South Perth, Australia native, was named the conference player of the week. Even though Atwell was previously named a conference preseason team member, former Sixth Man of the Year, a conference Second-Team member, and honorable mention, the weekly honor was the first of her career.
PURSUIT OF HISTORY
Atwell is the team’s leading scorer from last season, averaging 12 points a contest, and is the team’s top shooting threat again at 18.5 points per game. Atwell is hitting 33% from three-point territory and enters the Showdown with 139 made three-point field goals for her career. She ranks fourth all-time in made three-point buckets at UH, one behind former teammate Julissa Tago at 140. Megan Tinnin, the all-time leader in made threes, sits at 167. Atwell is also the only athlete on the roster this season who has a chance at 1,000 career points, with 810. To reach the milestone, she needs to average 7.6 points per game for the rest of the season.
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