By Dave Reardon
It's pretty easy to see why Hawaii lost to Cal State Fullerton 66-51 today in the women's Big West tournament. Turnovers. The Rainbow Wahine gave up the ball 22 times, and the Titans were credited with 17 steals.
Give Fullerton a lot of credit for a second-consecutive upset in the tournament, especially considering the program is enduring despite the murder of assistant coach Monica Quon last month.
It's surprising UH played so poorly against a team it just beat here handily (after trailing at halftime) at the Stan Sheriff Center last Saturday on senior night.
The Wahine had to get on a plane for a five-hour plane ride for this game and Fullerton's about a half hour away by car. No excuse, though.
UH's perimeter defense wasn't as good as usual, and the Titans made 5 of 13 3-pointers.
First-year Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman still deserves a contract extension in my opinion, as she led UH to its first winning season in six years.
WNIT? I doubt they get a bid after this loss.