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by Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer

 

Following a heartbreaking loss to Chaminade University two nights earlier, the HPU women’s basketball team couldn’t recover, falling to the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, 83-59, at Kaiser High School’s gym on Feb. 3.

The Vulcans of UH-Hilo started off strong and never relinquished the lead, shooting 42.4 percent in the first half, compared to 25.9 percent by the Lady Sea Warriors. UH-Hilo led at the half 41-28.
The Lady Sea Warriors improved in the second half shooting 42.3 percent, but the Vulcans remained in the lead, despite shooting 38.9 percent. HPU went on an 8-1 scoring run late in the second half but it wasn’t enough to break their three-game losing streak, falling to the Vulcans 83-59.

Constance Decaires led HPU with a career-high 18 points, followed by Kanani Thomas with 14 points, respectively. Shannon Miyashiro also finished with a team-high 12 rebounds. Amy Kaaiakamanu and Sheila Azevedo led the Vulcans with 20 points and eight rebounds each.
The Lady Sea Warriors hope to end their season strong with only six games remaining. “We just have to work together from the start and have fun,” said Decaires. “We’re a brand new team and we’re young.”

“We didn’t have a good practice last night, and they didn’t show up ready to go today. We’re just not good enough yet to be mentally ready and that starts the day before,” said Head Coach Elizabeth “Liz” O’Brien, who recently gave birth to her son.

“We’ll play three or four games where we improve and take a game or two off. Tonight was a step back,” O’Brien added.

The Lady Sea Warriors headed to the mainland for a road trip against conference opponents Grand Canyon University and Notre Dame De Namur University, and will return for their final two home games against Chaminade University on Feb. 21-22 at Kilauea Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 will be senior night for Decaires, a forward out of Kailua, Hawai‘i.

Breaking news

The Lady Sea Warriors snagged their second win of the season against Notre Dame de Namur University, 67-57, on Feb. 7. Jenkins led HPU with 20 points.

 

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