The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team fell to the University of Idaho, 50-40, in the championship game of the Bank of Hawai'i Classic Sunday at Simplifi Arena in the Stan Sheriff Center. of Idaho.)
Although the Rainbow guards battled back in the second half, they were unable to overcome the offensive struggles. Hawai'i shot just 27.3 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers, which allowed Idaho to take control of the game and win the tournament.
Rainbow sophomore forward Imani Perez scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a 3-pointer, and contributed five rebounds and two caps. Senior Daejah Phillips came off the bench to hit a pair of three-pointers and score 11 points.
The Rainbow Wahine struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game and fell behind early, trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half. However, the Rainbow Wahine battled to start the second half and cut the deficit to four points heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite their best efforts, the Rainbow Wahine were unable to complete the comeback as Idaho went 13-of-18 from the free throw line in the final quarter to seal the win.
The girls now turn their attention to the upcoming three-day Rainbow Wahine Showdown, Nov. 24-26, which is scheduled to take place in the U.S. and Canada. The Rainbow Wahine will face Air Force on Friday, Idaho State on Saturday and Washington on Sunday.