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by Brittany Ross, student writer

The HPU women’s basketball team fell short to the Chaminade University Silverswords, 68-60, at the Kilauea Recreation Center on Feb. 22.

The Lady Sea Warriors took an early lead, shooting 34.3 percent compared to 24 percent by Chaminade.

Constance Decaires made the most of her senior night, scoring the first 15 out of 17 points for HPU in the first half.

The Lady Sea Warriors outrebounded Chaminade, 29-17, and led at the end of the half, 29-24.
HPU lost the momentum and lead in the second half, resulting from a 7-0 scoring run by the Silverswords. The Lady Sea Warriors also struggled from behind the arc, missing all three-point attempts in the second half.

Chaminade controlled the lead for the rest of the game, handing the Lady Sea Warriors their 12th conference loss.

Decaires led HPU with a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Kanani Thomas with 11 rebounds and four assists. Brittnee Fonnesbeck led Chaminade with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the loss, spirits were high as the HPU team celebrated senior night. Decaires was honored at the end of the game for being the first-ever woman’s basketball player to graduate from HPU.
Decaires was introduced to the crowd as being a true leader in every sense of the word, helping to lay the foundation for future teams at HPU.

As the team presented her with leis, Decaires thanked her teammates for an adventurous season and awesome year.

“Connie played her heart out,” said Head Coach Elizabeth O’Brien, “and it was a wonderful way to send her out. Obviously the loss was disappointing because the team wanted to send her out with a win.”

The Lady Sea Warriors hoped to come out on top in their final game of the season on March 2 against Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i at La‘ie.

“ We can be competitive in any game, and just have to show up to compete,” said O’Brien.


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