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by Jimmi Hemmenbach
Women’s basketball

On Feb. 7, the HPU women’s basketball team slipped past Notre Dame de Namur University, 67-57, to grasp its second win of the season. Three Lady Sea Warriors ended in double-digits, led by Ashley Jenkins with 20 points.

The Argonauts of NDNU fought back the following night to triumph over the Lady Sea Warriors 69-62 at their home gym. Although it was a close game with 12 ties and 13 lead changes, NDNU pulled away in the second half, outscoring HPU 38-29. Jenkins and Kanani Thomas led the HPU with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

In their last game of the road trip, the Lady Sea Warriors stumbled against Grand Canyon University, 90-50. Shannon Miyashiro and Constance Decaires led HPU with game-high scores of 18 points.
Well rested from a 10-day break, the Lady Sea Warriors came out strong but fell to the Chaminade Silverswords in a 69-64 loss at Kilauea Recreation Center on Feb. 21. Miyashiro sank a game-high 22 points.

Men’s basketball

The HPU men’s basketball team took on Notre Dame de Namur University Feb. 7 and 8 in Belmont, Calif. The Sea Warriors were defeated by the Argonauts the first night, 71-55, but bounced back to win the second match 59-55.

On Feb. 10, the HPU men’s basketball team suffered a 61-47 loss to Grand Canyon University at Antelope Gymnasium. The Sea Warriors struggled to connect with the basket, shooting a mere 22 percent for the game. Adam Reinking led HPU with 10 points.

In their usual down-to-the-wire style, the Sea Warriors were also defeated by Chapman University, 69-67, in a nonconference game. Despite the loss, HPU shot an efficient 52 percent from the field and sank eight three-pointers in the game. Rishi Kakad led the Sea Warriors with 15 points, scoring all his points in the second half.

On Feb. 21, HPU took on local rival Chaminade University at Mid-Pacific Institute’s gym. The Sea Warriors upset the Silverswords in overtime, 90-85, to avenge an 86-56 loss in their previous encounter. HPU stole the momentum in overtime, scored the first seven points, and never looked back. Five Sea Warriors finished with double-digits, led by Kakad with 22 points.

Men’s and women’s tennis

On Feb. 10, the 18th-ranked HPU women’s tennis team fell to fifth-ranked Abilene Christian University, 6-3, at Central O‘ahu Regional Park. ACU won four singles matches, while HPU went 2-1 in doubles.

The HPU men’s and women’s tennis teams were scheduled to face Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i on Feb. 17, but bad weather in La‘ie forced a postponement of the matches to a later date.
On Feb. 18, the Lady Sea Warriors dominated Chaminade University, beating the Silverswords 8-1. Anastasyia Ageychick won 6-3, 7-5; Tinka Mihova won the No. 2 singles game 6-4, 6-0; Asako Nishikawa and Lauren Shin won straight matches 6-0; and Kaitlynn Brown defeated Chaminade’s Kevahi Leong 6-1, 6-0. Ageychick and Stephanie Bigom teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles game, 8-5. Elena Hudzikova and Ingrid Cseh defeated the Silverswords, 8-4.

Women’s softball

The HPU women’s softball team swept Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i on Feb. 10 at Sea Warrior Field 8-0 and 2-1. Sherise Musquiz pitched in the first game of the doubleheader, which ended in five innings due to the mercy rule. Musquiz recorded four strikeouts and allowed only four hits. The Sea Warriors triumphed in the second game with Courtney Kessell throwing eight strikeouts and giving up one hit. BYUH scored first with a home run from Jana Dewey in the fourth inning. HPU countered with a two-run double by Casey Sugihara.

On Feb. 19, the Lady Sea Warriors swept the Chaminade Silverswords, 11-2 and 9-1 at CORP field. Clerisse Lemke took the win for HPU, allowing three hits in the five-inning game. Casey Sugihara and Krystal Plunkett lit up the HPU offense in the second match with five hits by Sugihara and four RBIs by Plunkett.

HPU continued their six-game winning streak after sweeping BYU-H on Feb. 24, 4-2 and 17-7, at La‘ie. Lehua Yap stood out in the nightcap, hitting 7-8 and recording three runs and five RBIs.


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