Hilo, HI (February 18, 2013) - Mikela Thoemmes set a school record with 20 rebounds as the Hawai’i Pacific (15-6, 11-4)Women’s Basketball Team held on to defeat the University of Hawaii at Hilo (11-10, 8-7) 62-61. The victory assures the Sea Warriors no worse than the fourth seed in the PacWest postseason tournament.
Similarly to the last meeting between the two teams, the Sea Warriors jumped out to a big lead in the first half. A jumper by Melody Ladrido with 2:48 left in the first half would give HPU a 20 point advantage. The Vulcans went on a 9-1 run to close the half, but HPU still held a 36-22 lead.
The Sea Warriors would hit 13 of their 34 (38.3%) shots from the field in the first half while only allowing the Vulcans to hit nine of their 34 field goals.
HPU stretched its halftime lead out to 21 points in the second half after Thoemmes found Ieva Nagy for a three-pointer. With 8:39 to play, the Sea Warriors led 50-29. The Vulcans answered with 30-10 run over the next six and half minutes reducing the HPU lead to one point with two minutes to play. The Sea Warrior defense clamped down in the closing minutes and Skye Savini would hit a pair of clutch free throws to seal the game for HPU.
Thoemmes set a single game record by grabbing 20 rebounds, surpassing the previous record of 19 held by former Sea Warrior star Courtney Buster. Thoemmes also added 16 points. Other HPU standouts included Savini who finished with 16 points and nine boards and Susannah Walmsley who added nine points to go along with her team-high five assists.
The HPU women now head to Phoenix, Arizona to face 13th ranked Grand Canyon on February 23rd; tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 PM PST.