November 19, 2018

Preview of the Rainbow Wahini Showdown

University of Hawaii at Manoa


PREVIEW OF THE RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN - Nov. 23-25, 2018
BY MALCOLM McFALL
Nov. 19, 2018

On Friday in Hawaii the Cardinal take on the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast from Fort Meyers, Florida.

Stanford WBB fans may remember Florida Gulf Coast from Stanford’s second round opponent in last year’s NCAA tournament played in Maples. Their tallest player was 6’-0” and they were fresh off of an upset win in the first round game against the  Missouri Tigers. FGCU is all about three point shooting and team speed and Missouri didn’t appear to have read the scouting report. The whole evening was small strong girls in green and blue either shooting and hitting a lot of their three point shots, or faking the three and driving the paint and making acrobatic layups. Stanford watched and prepared. The first half saw Alanna working down low and either scoring or getting fouled over and over by smaller defenders. The Cardinal players were in their face all night making it tough to hit their usual fifteen three’s, and played great help defense to stop most of their drives to the basket. It was a long night for the Eagles.
FGCU lost most of their starters from last year and have reloaded with graduate transfers. They’re still undersized and still depend on three’s and speed. It’ll be an interesting game, but FGCU isn’t used to playing an opponent capable of hitting fifteen three’s themselves.

The Hawaiian Tournament is three games in three days. On Saturday the Cardinal will play American University - http://www.aueagles.com/sports/w-baskbl/index. AU is located in Washington D.C., was founded in 1893, and has 8137 undergrad students (plus about 5000 grad students.) They’re in the Patriot League and compete quite well against the likes of Navy, Bucknell, Lehigh, and Boston U.   

The Eagles have won 22 straight home games and recently beat George Mason by fifteen, so take them lightly at your peril.

On Sunday Stanford will take on the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahines (which has to be one of the great mascots). The Bows have had a tough preseason so far and play in the Big West Conference, so things won’t get much easier going forward. Sure is a great way to escape hazardous air quality and watch some good women’s basketball. University of Hawaii website - https://hawaiiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball

Malcolm  McFall, FBC Feature Writer

2 comments:

Edward Kinney said...

Where was #12, Lexie Hull? SU obviously didn’t need this weekend, but appears she didn’t even make the trip.

Edward Kinney said...

Found the answer on the team’s website as part of the story on Anna Wilson’s injury. Fortunately, Anna’s scans were clear, but would guess she is on concussions protocol.