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Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2001

Wahine hope to ride momentum gained on the road

By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer

The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team will be looking for a repeat of this past week.

The Wahine won at Fresno State on Feb. 2 and Nevada on Feb. 4.

A scheduling oddity has Hawaii playing host to Fresno State tonight and Nevada on Sunday.

"We were rather fortunate to come out with victories at their place," Wahine coach Vince Goo said. "Whenever you beat teams and you play them the next week, it seems like the team that lost will have a little more incentive."

Hawaii forward Crystal Lee was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after two double-double (points-rebounds) performances this past week.

In a 65-60 victory over the Bulldogs, the 5-foot-11 senior from Spokane, Wash., scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

Lee scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds in a 65-52 victory over Nevada.

"I was excited when I found out, but it’s a team award," said Lee, on winning the conference’s weekly honor. "I wouldn’t get it if the team wasn’t winning, and that’s the bottom line."

Lee had only one double-double in her college career prior to this past week.

"She’s one of our wing players, but for her to be picking up double-doubles is always going to be a plus for your team," said Goo, whose team is 16-4 overall and 7-2 in the WAC .

The Bulldogs (8-13, 4-5) have four freshmen, five sophomores and one senior on their roster. Fresno State has had only seven players available for its past six games because of injuries.

Lindsay Logan, a 5-5 sophomore, is fifth in the conference with a 17.2 points per game average, and is first in assists (5.8) and 3-pointers made per game (3.1).

She is also the conference’s only player to score in double figures in every game this season.

The Wolf Pack (12-9, 5-4) is the WAC’s highest scoring team at 71.7 points per game.

Kate Smith, a 6-2 sophomore, is second in the conference in scoring (19.0) and field-goal percentage (.505).

Nevada is 9-2 at home and 2-7 on the road this season.

Hawaii is third in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (.343). No team has shot more than 50 percent against the Wahine this season.

Hawaii leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.446) and rebounding margin (+6.8).

Kylie Galloway, a 6-0 senior, leads the Wahine at 16.2 points per game. Lee is second at 15.2.

After this week’s games, Hawaii will end the regular season with four consecutive road games before returning home to play Texas-El Paso on March 1. The WAC Tournament will be held March 6-10 at Tulsa, Okla.

Hawaii has won four straight games and seven of its last eight.

"We’re on a roll," Lee said. "The team is playing really well and the chemistry is right where it should be at this point in the season. I think we’re going to be confident finishing up the last half of the WAC (season)."

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