HONOLULU, Hawaii – Senior Asya Bussie and sophomore Bria Holmes combined for 31 points in the West Virginia women’s basketball team’s 59-56 victory over host team Hawaii at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday.
The Mountaineers (3-1) swept three consecutive teams in the classic, with Bussie and senior guard Christal Caldwell
named to the all-tournament team.
WVU led by 10 (52-42) with 7:35 remaining, but its shooting went cold as the Rainbow Wahine (3-2) went on a 12-3 run to make it a three-point game with only 39 seconds remaining. Brooke Hampton
was sent to the free throw line, twice, in the final 20 seconds, converting 2-of-4 attempts. UH’s Destiny King added a last second jumper, but Hawaii ran out of time.
The game went back and forth with three ties and two lead changes. The last time Hawaii had the lead was at the 16:55 mark of the first half. WVU pulled away from a 38-38 tie, the final of the game, on a 12-2 run to its largest lead, 50-40, at the 9:10 mark.
WVU closed out the game shooting 41.3 percent (19-46) from the field, 17.6 percent (3-17) from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent (18-28) from the free throw line. Hawaii closed out the game shooting 34.7 percent (17-49) from the field, 36.4 percent (4-11) from 3-point range and 69.2 percent (18-26) from the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers edged out Hawaii on the boards, 32-31, in the paint, 22-20, and turnovers, 9-8.
Bussie led all players with 16 points, pulled down a team-best seven rebounds and recorded a pair of blocks. Holmes recorded 15 points, three steals and a pair of assists. Averee Fields
, Caldwell and Linda Stepney
each chipped in seven points.
Hawaii was led in scoring by the tournament’s MVP Kamilah Jackson with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Haydel matched Jackson’s point total, including a pair of threes.
WVU returns home for a 4 p.m. matchup on Nov. 24 with Virginia at the WVU Coliseum.