Posted at 4:02 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2006
UH women's basketball announces schedule, signing
By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer
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
17-18Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic at Stan Sheriff Center. (17Oklahoma vs. Eastern Kentucky, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. 18Consolation, 1 p.m.; Championship, 3 p.m.)
24-26Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic at Stan Sheriff Center (24Game 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. 25Loser 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. 26Seventh place, 11 a.m. Fifth place, 1:10 p.m.; Third place, 3:20 p.m.; Championship, 5:30 p.m.)
5at Cal State Northridge, TBA. 7at Loyola Marymount, TBA.
15-16Paradise Classic at Stan Sheriff Center. (15Portland State vs. Chattanooga, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. Evansville, 7 p.m. 16Consolation, 2 p.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.)
29-30Hawai'i Invitational at Stan Sheriff Center (29Columbia vs. Oklahoma State, 5 p.m.; Hawai'i vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. 30Consolation, 5 p.m.; Championship, 7 p.m.)
4New Mexico State*, 7 p.m. 6Louisiana Tech*, 7 p.m. 11at Nevada*. 13at Fresno State*. 17Idaho*, 7 p.m. 20Boise State*, 7 p.m. 25at San Jose State*. 27at Utah State*.
3Nevada*, 7 p.m. 8at New Mexico State*. 10at Louisiana Tech*. 15Fresno State*, 7 p.m. 17Utah State*, 7 p.m. 24San Jose State*, 7 p.m.
1at Idaho*. 3at Boise State*. 6-10WAC Tournament at Las Cruces, N.M.