In their fourth conference game of the year, the Sea Warriors
could not slip past the Vulcans of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo
in a 84-66 loss on Jan. 11. Although HPU out-rebounded and
gave up fewer turnovers, the Vulcans shot an efficient 60 percent
for the game, compared to 38 percent by the Sea Warriors. Kamron
Alborz and Patrick Towne led HPU with 15 points apiece.
In an attempt to split a two-game road trip with UH-Hilo, the
Sea Warriors fell short on the Big Island, 80-74. On Jan. 13,
the HPU defense was unable to stop Hilo’s Travis Sobers,
who scored a game-high 29 points. Rishi Kakad scored 16 points
The Sea Warriors returned home to face Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i
on Jan. 17 and Kakad continued his hot streak, scoring a career-high
27 points. However, the Seasiders were led by a second-half
shooting spree from Eric Boyce, who put away 25 points, edging
BYUH past the Sea Warriors, 74-63.
HPU hoped to redeem themselves in a rematch against the Seasiders
on Jan. 26, but fell short 74-70 at King Intermediate School.
Mickey Wheeler and Alborz led the Sea Warriors with 18 and
17 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to stop
a 19-9 run by the Seasiders in the second half.
On Feb. 1, the Sea Warriors looked to secure their second conference
win but the Chaminade Silverswords defended their home court
in a convincing 86-56 win. All-American prospect Zack Whiting
led Chaminade with a double-double, posting 20 points and 10
rebounds. HPU struggled offensively, shooting a mere 30 percent
for the game. Logan Wolf led the Sea Warriors with 11 points.
On Jan. 11, the Lady Sea Warriors traveled to the Big Island
to take on the Vulcans of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo,
hoping to grasp their first win of the season. That was not
to happen, as the Vulcans slipped past the Lady Sea Warriors,
67-57. Ashley Jenkins posted a game-high 20 points and HPU
out-rebounded the Vulcans, but UH-Hilo had a better shooting
percentage with 41.1 percent.
Frustrated from a 16-game losing streak, HPU’s hard work
and effort finally paid off, as the Lady Sea Warriors experienced
their first win of the season, shutting down the Vulcans, 63-48.
The first half was relatively close but HPU pulled away in
the second half, outscoring UH-Hilo 29-17. Jenkins, who recorded
19 points and 11 rebounds, and Natalie Mitchell, who posted
12 points, led the Lady Sea Warriors.
HPU returned home and faced Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i
on Jan. 17, seeking their second straight win. The Lady Sea
Warriors were close to achieving their goal, but the Seasiders
edged past HPU, 67-65. Jenkins had a chance to tie up the game
at seven seconds left, but missed the final shot, sealing the
BYUH victory. HPU actually had a better shooting percentage
than the Seasiders with 36.5 percent in the game to 33.9 percent
by BYUH, but the Seasiders out-rebounded the Lady Sea Warriors,
46 to 39.
The Seasiders had a more dominating win in their rematch on
Jan. 26, trouncing the Lady Sea Warriors, 76-55, at Kilauea
Recreation Center. BYUH’s Latoya Wily put up a game-high
27 points for the Seasiders. HPU’s offense was better
distributed, with four Lady Sea Warriors posting double-digits.
Kanani Thomas led HPU with 12 points, followed by Shannon Miyashiro
with 11, and Mitchell and Constance Decaires with 10 each,
On Feb. 1, HPU suffered a heart-breaking loss against Chaminade
University, falling to the Silverswords 74-70. Jenkins was
HPU’s leading scorer once again, with 23 points and eight
rebounds, followed by Miyashiro with 10 points and seven rebounds,
respectively. Brittnee Fonnesbeck led Chaminade with a game-high
Men and Women’s Tennis
On Feb. 1, the HPU men’s tennis team, ranked #33 in
Division II, opened the season with an 8-1 victory over Gustavus
Adolphus College. They continued their streak with, 5-1, 6-0,
and 6-0, victories over the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo
on Feb. 3.
The HPU women’s tennis team opened their season with
6-0, and 5-1 victories over the UH-Hilo Vulcans, Feb. 3. The
HPU tennis teams will face BYUH on Feb. 17 at the Seasiders