Destiny Slocum was right on the money in her post-game interview after the 64-32 drubbing on Hawai'i. The teams defensive identity had been lacking in the team's first seven wins. Not last night against the Rainbow Wahine. Hawai'i was held to just 23 percent shooting and were just 2-11 from the three-point line. Add to it, a significant rebounding edge for the Beavers, 43-31.
This was the first game back in Gill for awhile. The team spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Florida beating 18th-Miami 75-53 then pulling away from a pesky Liberty team 68-55.
On this return home, the two highly-touted freshmen had tremendous outing. Kennedy Brown had her best offensive effort on the young season hitting four-three pointers. She also had six rebounds and a block. Taylor Jones got into foul trouble early sitting for most of the first half. But after intermission dominated play inside finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Freshman walk-on Noelle Mannen came in late in the game and provided a spark with two big baskets. After the game Jones talked about the win....Noelle's contributions and her fellow standout inside Kennedy Brown:
The Beavers now face finals week and will play in a Gill Coliseum doubleheader next Saturday. Wayne Tinkle's team faces off against Arkansas Pine-Bluff at 3:pm and then Scott Rueck's Beavers host Utah State at 7:30 pm.