HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Amid the chaos and drama surrounding the University of Hawaii’s athletic department and the football team, basketball teams are on winning streaks.
The Warriors and Wahine are on a tear from the Big West Conference.
The men are on a five-game winning streak, tied for first place in the conference, looking to add to their streak this weekend in Manoa.
“Again, we still have so many hurdles, we know that, but what a group to rally behind and what a great product.” Men’s head coach Eran Ganot told reporters. “We were on the pace, we shoot the ball, we play inside out, it’s a fun style to watch and a great group to put down roots for.”
The ‘Bows return to Stan after a road sweep over Cal Bakersfield State and Cal Poly with Hawaii scoring 60-plus points in both games.
Now looking to extend their streak against Cal State Northridge on Thursday, a win over the Matadors would move them to 5-0 in the Big Best.
“Were 0-0, kind of just enjoying the win for the rest of the night, but we just tried to make sure it’s not the highlight of our season.” said UH forward Zoar Nedd. “Keep showing our maturity and finding different ways to win every night.”
For the Wahine, they head into the weekend on a three-game winning streak, most recently knocking out Cal State Bakersfield last weekend in Manoa to take the lone second-place position in the Big West.
Super senior Amy Atwell, who entered the 1,000-point club last weekend against the road runners, is leading the way for UH, with her performance winning the award for third conference player of the week this year.
“In terms of individual awards I think I’ve kind of already exceeded what I wanted to do, the main goal was definitely to come back and get a big Western championship, so obviously I’m still working in that Sens.” said Atwell. “It’s great to be among an elite company.”
Despite the momentum, the Wahine know they can’t be complacent, given how competitive the Big West is.
“The Big West Conference is still a very tight conference and anyone can win any night.” “Momentum is a big part of it before the weekend, but he keeps it going throughout the week and works hard in practices and improves every day.”
The Wahine will face the Gauchos Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Hawaii time on the road, while the Warriors will face the Matadors in Manoa at 7:00 p.m. Hawaii time.
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