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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:02 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2006

UH women's basketball announces schedule, signing

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

The University of Hawai'i women's basketball 2006-07 schedule features four preseason tournaments and the arrival of powerhouses Oklahoma and North Carolina in November.

The 28-game schedule begins Nov. 17 when the Rainbow Wahine host Georgetown in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, which also has Eastern Kentucky and Oklahoma. The Sooners are led by 6-foot-3 All-American center Courtney Paris.

Hawai'i hosts the 28th annual Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic, Nov. 24-26. North Carolina, a team that spent much of last year No. 1 in the country before falling in the national semifinals, will headline the tournament, and returns All-American point guard Ivory Latta. Arkansas, Denver, Gonzaga, Sacramento State, UCLA and UH's first-round opponent Texas Tech round out the eight-team field.

The Rainbow Wahine will also host the Paradise Classic, Dec. 15-16, which includes Evansville, Chattanooga, and Portland State, and the Hawai'i Invitational, Dec. 29-30, which has Columbia, Oklahoma State and San Francisco.

The Rainbow Wahine barely missed postseason last year, finishing 18-10 overall and third in the WAC at 9-7. They return eight scholarship players, and have four recruits.

Yesterday, Rainbow Wahine coach Jim Bolla announced the signing of junior college transfer Iwona Zagrobelna, a 6-foot-4 center from Wroclaw, Poland, who has played at Weatherford College in Texas the past two seasons.

Zagrobelna was a two-time all-conference player at Weatherford, and earned conference defensive player of the year honors as a freshman, leading the league in rebounding (10.8) and ranking third in scoring (17.1). She battled injury as a sophomore, and averaged 12.3 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game.

Zagrobelna joins UH early signees Leilani Galdones (Kamehameha-Hawai'i), Dita Liepkalne (Forth Worth Christian Academy) and Megan Tinnin (St. Pius X High School).

University of Hawa'i Women's Basketball 2006-07 Schedule


17-18—Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic at Stan Sheriff Center. (17—Oklahoma vs. Eastern Kentucky, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. 18—Consolation, 1 p.m.; Championship, 3 p.m.)

24-26—Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic at Stan Sheriff Center (24—Game 1: North Carolina vs. Sacramento State, 11 a.m. Game 2: UCLA vs. Gonzaga, 1:10 p.m. Game 3: Arkansas vs. Denver, 3:20 p.m. Game 4: Hawai'i vs. Texas Tech, 5:30 p.m. 25—Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9 a.m.; Texas Tech vs. Arkansas/Denver, 11:10 a.m.; Hawai'i vs. Arkansas/Denver, 1:20 p.m.; Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3:30 p.m. 26—Seventh place, 11 a.m. Fifth place, 1:10 p.m.; Third place, 3:20 p.m.; Championship, 5:30 p.m.)


5—at Cal State Northridge, TBA. 7—at Loyola Marymount, TBA.

15-16—Paradise Classic at Stan Sheriff Center. (15—Portland State vs. Chattanooga, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. Evansville, 7 p.m. 16—Consolation, 2 p.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.)

29-30—Hawai'i Invitational at Stan Sheriff Center (29—Columbia vs. Oklahoma State, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. 30—Consolation, 5 p.m.; Championship, 7 p.m.)


4—New Mexico State*, 7 p.m. 6—Louisiana Tech*, 7 p.m. 11—at Nevada*. 13—at Fresno State*. 17—Idaho*, 7 p.m. 20—Boise State*, 7 p.m. 25—at San Jose State*. 27—at Utah State*.


3—Nevada*, 7 p.m. 8—at New Mexico State*. 10—at Louisiana Tech*. 15—Fresno State*, 7 p.m. 17—Utah State*, 7 p.m. 24—San Jose State*, 7 p.m.


1—at Idaho*. 3—at Boise State*. 6-10—WAC Tournament at Las Cruces, N.M.

*—WAC games