Gophers Fall to Hawaii, 77-71, in OT
Dec. 1, 2013
After a thrilling end to regulation, the University of Minnesota (7-2) women's basketball team lost in overtime at Hawaii (5-3), 77-71. The Gophers went 2-1 to finish second at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Rachel Banham, who was named tournament MVP, shook two defenders and made a three-pointer on the left wing to put Minnesota ahead 66-63 with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation. Then Hawaii's Shawna-Lei Kuehu banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Hawaii took its first lead of the second half when Kamilah Jackson made a layup to make it 68-66. Minnesota found itself trailing 72-66 before Kayla Hirt made a baseline jumper. The Gophers could not overcome that initial six-point deficit, and Hawaii sealed the win with free throws.
Banham scored 24 points despite being in foul trouble. She scored 85 points, an average of 28.3 per game, during the three-game tournament.
Hirt scored 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting and was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 39 points on 18-of-32 shooting overall.
Amanda Zahui B. turned in her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
Sari Noga added 11 points, including three three-pointers, and six assists.
Minnesota led by as much as nine in the first half, but the Rainbow Wahine tied the game at 28 with under 2:00 in the half, and the Gophers only led 30-29 at halftime. Ashleigh Karaitiana's 11 points, including three three-pointers, led Hawaii early. The Gophers still kept a lead with Banham on the bench in foul trouble for much of the half.
Hawaii started to score more in the paint in the second half after the Gophers led that category 14-4 in the first. The Rainbow Wahine ended up with 24 points in the paint compared to Minnesota's 22.
Hawaii, which started the game relying on outside shooting, also continued to hit three-pointers, making .615 (8-13) of its shots from three-point range on the game. Minnesota was 10-for-23 (.435).
Free throws also favored Hawaii, which made 21 of its 31 attempts from the line. Twenty-four of Hawaii's free throw attempts came in the second half. The Gophers shot only 7-for-12 from the line in the game.
Karaitiana scored 22 points, including four three-pointers, for the Rainbow Wahine. Kuehu scored 19, and Jackson recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Minnesota will travel back to Minneapolis for a tilt against Miami on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 p.m. CT.