Big West coaches pick Rainbow Wahine basketball team to finish 5th in preseason poll

  • DARRELL MIHO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Julissa Tago drives to the basket against Cal State Fullerton Titan Ashlee Ane during a quarterfinal game in the Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., on March 11. UH won the game 72-59, but the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

    DARRELL MIHO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Julissa Tago drives to the basket against Cal State Fullerton Titan Ashlee Ane during a quarterfinal game in the Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., on March 11. UH won the game 72-59, but the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Big West Conference pre-season poll by the media and fifth by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced today.

The Rainbow Wahine finished second to UC Davis last season at 16-14 (9-7 in conference) and won the opening game of the Big West Tournament before COVID-19 forced its cancellation.

UC Davis was the unanimous pick to win the 11-member conference. The Big West adds two teams, Cal State Bakersfield and UC San Diego, this season.

None of the Rainbow Wahine players were selected to the pre-season all-conference team.

The Big West men’s poll is expected to be released Thursday.

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Coaches Poll Results

1. UC Davis (6) 114

2. UC Irvine (2) 101

3. UC Santa Barbara 92

4. Cal Poly (2) 83

5. Hawaii 71

6. Long Beach State 69

7. Cal State Fullerton 56

8. CSU Bakersfield (1) 48

9. CSUN 36

10. UC Riverside 32

11. UC San Diego 25

( ) First-place votes

Media Poll Results

1. UC Davis (13) 207

2. UC Irvine (1) 163

3. Hawaii (1) 157

4. UC Santa Barbara 154

5. Cal Poly (3) 126

6. Cal State Fullerton 123

7. Long Beach State 120

8. CSU Bakersfield (1) 83

9. UC San Diego (1) 74

10. CSUN 70

11. UC Riverside 44

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