now has six women’s basketball teams. The Lady Sea Warrior’s
head Coach Liz O’Brien said, “I think the inspiration
to bring women’s basketball to HPU came from the fact
that there were only about seven teams at the Division II level
that didn’t have women’s basketball and four of
them were in the state of Hawai‘i.”
The team got together and issued this statement for the Kalamalama: “We’re
very excited to be a part of the first women’s basketball
team. We feel very honored in starting what could be an everlasting
tradition here at HPU.”
The roster was finalized three weeks ago. The team has 13 players:
one senior, six juniors, one sophomore, and five freshmen. Four
are from Hawai‘i, eight are from the mainland, and one
is from Canada.
As far as this season, we’ve got a great mix of players,” said
O’Brien “Everyone brings something unique to the
team, whether it’s their energy, skill, knowledge, or love
of the game. We’re expecting to have a great season, that
we can begin building upon this tradition for all the future
women’s basketball teams to come.”
O’Brien mentions that Lisa Russell, Tara Dilworth, and
Marissa Maaske, the assistant coaches, are some of the hardest
workers and most selfless people she has come into contact with
in all of her years of coaching. “They are a vital part
of building this program,” she said.
O’Brien’s expectation are high. She believes hard
work, intense defense, outstanding fitness, and a better possession
of knowledge by our players than when they first became a part
of this team are keys for this year’s program.
The Lady Sea Warriors start off with a road trip in California
before returning home Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a matchup against
Central Washington at St. Andrew’s Priory.