Wilmington Women Fall to Hawaii Pacific, 74-63 in Final Game of Oahu Classic
Hawaii Pacific 74, Wilmington 63
Saturday, November 26, 2011 - New Castle, DE
The Sea Warriors of Hawaii Pacific University led coast-to-coast, as they defeated the Wildcats of Wilmington University 74-63 in non-conference women’s basketball action on Friday evening, closing out play at the Oahu Classic.
Hawaii Pacific (4-3)opened the game on an 11-0 run over the first five minutes, but the ‘Cats chipped away and cut the deficit to just one (15-14) with nine minutes left in the first half. The Sea Warriors stretched things out over the remainder of the period, and headed into the locker room holding a 30-22 lead.
That advantage grew to 12 (34-22) just 40 seconds into the start of the second half, and Wilmington got within seven (53-46) midway through the period. Hawaii Pacific extended their lead to as many as 15 (65-50) with 5:40 remaining, and held at least a nine-point advantage down the stretch on their way to the victory.
Wilmington (1-2) was led by junior guard Janasie Simpkins, who posted 17 points. Freshman Samantha Retas added 14 points and 11 rebounds, while classmate Cari Callaway chipped in 11.
Hawaii Pacific had four players in double-figures, led by Paris Gravely’s game-high 26 points. Mana Hopkins added 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Nicole Fenumiai and Melody Ladrido each had 10 points. Skye Savini had 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Sea Warriors.
The Wildcats shot just 30.6 percent from the floor, while Hawaii Pacific connected at a 48.2 percent clip, including 57 percent in the second half. The Sea Warriors out-rebounded the ‘Cats by a 49-39 margin and dominated play in the paint, outscoring the Wildcats, 40-18.
Wilmington returns to action on Wednesday evening, hosting the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas College in their home opener at 6:00 PM.