Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Basketball (11/14/22)

Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Basketball (11/14/22)

Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Basketball

By: Paul Brecht

HONOLULU – Another week, another HPU Sharks program visiting with Sharks Weekly host Jason Genegabus.

Following a brief delay, thanks to a fire alarm going off in the Aloha Tower Marketplace complex, Genegabus welcomed first-year women’s basketball head coach Katie Novak to the weekly program.

The pair closed an eventful opening segment discussing HPU’s 0-3 start and why, despite the record, there were a lot of positives to take away from the grueling three-games-in-three-days slate to open the season.

After the first break (11:11), Genegabus and Novak returned to the airwaves and welcomed in a trio of players for the Sharks in graduate transfers Abby Spurgin and Keona Loftis along with senior Avery Cargill.

Genegabus opened the segment with another hard-hitting question to the players to get the gears turning before diving into the routes that the four women took to Hawaii Pacific basketball.

Coach Novak talked about the process of coming to HPU and how she helped convince Spurgin to not hang up her basketball sneakers and instead come help build the foundation for the Sharks with her last year of eligibility. 

Cargill then detailed how the team has been adjusting to one another in the early going this season with a new head coach and a mixture of transfers and returners like the senior.

Loftis helped explain the mental exhaustion that came with the opening weekend of regular season basketball for the student-athletes. The Sharks took the court three times in three days, but the players talked about how school was still the priority to get done as soon as games finished.

Returning from the second break (23:04), the crew discussed the game action that the Sharks saw over the weekend and what the team’s takeaways are from the opening weekend slate.

First, Spurgin talked about how it felt to put on a uniform again and suit up for a basketball team following a year off as she completed her student-teaching assignments. 

Then, Cargill discussed returning from an injury she sustained the first official day of practice to score 11 of the Sharks’ first 18 points against Montana St. Billings on Friday, November 11. 

The conversation shifted to Loftis when talking about HPU’s matchup with Simon Fraser, as the graduate transfer played a key role in competing on the boards and against pressure versus a much bigger and longer team.

Entering the show’s final segment (33:15), Genegabus hit the players with another hard-hitting question that brought Taylor Swift’s newest tour into the conversation and caused a split in answers between the players.

The conversation closed with the crew discussing the path ahead for the Sharks and how the team is viewing the schedule all the way through March.

The show wraps with coach Novak talking about how she sees the team’s chemistry developing and improving throughout the season and the advantages that may come with it.

You can catch Sharks Weekly every Monday at 9:00 AM HST on HSRN 95.1 FM/760 AM, at hawaiisportsradio.com or in our podcenter following the completion of the show.

‘Bows Win Season-Opener Behind Strong Second Half, Coleman’s 22 Points

‘Bows Win Season-Opener Behind Strong Second Half, Coleman’s 22 Points

‘Bows Win Season-Opener Behind Strong Second Half, Coleman’s 22 Points

By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team used a strong second half and the sweet shooting of junior guard Noel Coleman to take down Mississippi Valley State Friday night, 72-54, to win their opening matchup of the Outrigger Rainbow Classic.

Kahuku graduate and senior forward Samuta Avea returned from an injury that kept him out last season and kicked off the scoring, putting back a missed three-pointer to give an early lead to the ‘Bows.

Coleman would help buoy an otherwise cold-shooting UH offense early in the first half, knocking down a pair of triples and dropping a beautiful pass off to senior forward Kamaka Hepa for a two-handed slam to increase the margin to five, 14-9.

The Rainbow Warriors appeared to have an opportunity to blow the game open as time wound down in the first half. Following Mississippi Valley State starting forward Alvin Stredic Jr. being whistled for his third foul with 6:12 left to play in the opening half, UH opened up a 10-point lead with Coleman subbing back in.

The Delta Devils continued to claw back, cutting the lead down to 30-28 before heading to the locker rooms thanks to six points from center Michael Barber in the final four minutes.

Coming out of halftime, Barber and the visiting Devils continued to surge. MVS took a 39-37 lead with 15:11 left to play following a Barber made jumpshot.

Once again, it was the guard play of Coleman that helped settle down the ‘Bows.

The junior calmly swished a pair of free throws to tie the game again, then knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the night to give UH back the lead, 42-39.

Hawai’i wouldn’t look back the rest of the night.

The ‘Bows opened up a 15-point lead on the back of a 17-4 run that had the exclamation point put on it with a powerful dunk from Avea with 6:31 left to play.

The lead allowed for some experimentation from UH head coach Eran Ganot, as 7’1 freshman center Mor Seck from Senegal got some late burn in the waning minutes of the blowout. Seck chipped in six points, including a 4-for-5 performance from the foul line in his ‘Bows debut.

All 14 active Rainbow Warriors saw court action, with nine players scoring in the ‘Bows 72-54 win.

Hawai’i was led by Coleman’s 22 points, as the junior knocked down five 3’s en route to victory. Avea had 20 points for the Rainbow Warriors and junior forward Bernardo da Silva had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in the season-opening win.

UH will take on Eastern Washington on Sunday in the next round of the Outrigger Rainbow Classic with tip-off coming at 5:00 PM HST. Eastern Washington dropped their opening matchup Friday against Yale, 74-60. 

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Sharks Weekly Review: Women’s Basketball (11/14/22)

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Sharks Weekly Review: Golf (11/7/22)

Sharks Weekly Review: Golf (11/7/22)

Sharks Weekly Review: Golf (11/07/22)

HONOLULU – November is here, and so were some of the HPU Sharks golf team this week to join Sharks Weekly host Jason Genegabus for a brief look-in on the year round competitors and how the fall season has gone for the Sharks.

Men’s and Women’s Golf head coach Ed Kageyama opened this week’s edition of the Sharks Weekly with Jason Genegabus discussing the scheduling that goes into competing in collegiate golf during both the non-championship and championship seasons.

Coach Kageyama outlines the differences in preparation and mindset for each season that the Sharks take on, first how the fall is used to improve and ease the newest additions to the team into higher-level golf and then the spring is the true championship push.

Coming back from the first break (10:47), it was time for the players to join in on the fun. Genegabus introduced senior men’s golfer Keil’iokalani Kamelamela-Dudoit and sophomore women’s golfer Kellie Yamane and got the brains working by asking which two phone applications they would keep out of all the current ones on their phones.

The golf unit then discusses Dudoit’s second career hole-in-one with Genegabus. The senior golfer took listeners through his choice to put down the bat and ball in baseball and continue on with golf to a higher level.

Entering the show’s third segment (22:32), Genegabus dives deeper into last year’s contributions from Yamane and what Kageyama saw from his sophomore golfer this fall that indicated how the Iolani grad can continue her ascent into the HPU women’s golf history books. 

The crew then talked about the usual schedule for a collegiate golfer at HPU and how practice changes depending on the time of day and the course practice is being held on.

This week’s version of Sharks Weekly closed with a final segment (34:27) diving into the age the crew would stop aging if they had immortality. 

Genegabus helped put a bow on the show by asking Kageyama the best way to get in contact with HPU golf and the best way for these high school athletes to make it at the next level.

You can catch Sharks Weekly every Monday at 9:00 AM HST on HSRN 95.1 FM/760 AM, at hawaiisportsradio.com or in our podcenter following the completion of the show.

Sharks Fight Hard, Fall to ‘Bows: Takeaways for HPU WBB

Sharks Fight Hard, Fall to ‘Bows: Takeaways for HPU WBB

Rainbow Wahine Basketball Runs Away From HPU in Friendly Tune-Up

By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – Though it may not have been exactly the debut she was looking for, new HPU women’s head basketball coach Katie Novak had to have been pleased with how her team competed with in-state rival UH on Tuesday.

The Rainbow Wahine, the Division I Big West defending champion, started the game off a step slow defensively. The Sharks, helped by the outside shooting of the team’s guards, capitalized on the late rotations with four early triples to keep neck-and-neck with UH after one quarter.

Despite a large run to open a big lead from the ‘Bows that spanned between the first two quarters, the Sharks continued to fight into the final period. HPU won the final quarter, 18-9, to end the scrimmage on a high note.

Graduate transfer Abby Spurgin proved herself to be a key addition to the roster for the 2022-23 season. While chipping in a quiet double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Spurgin also altered shots in the paint by UH and helped the Sharks compete on the glass against the bigger ‘Bows.

Returning junior guard Haley Masaki also showed her ability to contribute to the team’s success. The shifty guard knocked down three triples Tuesday and consistently had a two-man game working with Spurgin.

The aggression in the second half trying to score the ball by Jordyn Jensen was a welcome sight to the Sharks. The sophomore wing chipped in 13 points on Tuesday. Her length defensively will also be an asset for Novak and the Sharks.

Other encouraging takeaways from the tune-up with UH included:

  • Competing well on the defensive glass against bigger UH
  • Ball movement from outside-to-inside and inside-to-outside created open, good looks
  • Early defensive success against Rainbow Wahine starters
  • Effort and buy-in to the concept of a team was also apparent, with the bench staying engaged with play (even as the deficit increased)

The Sharks will take on the Hawaiian National Team on Saturday, November 5th at 4:30 PM HST for the team’s second scrimmage. It’ll be the “Shark Tank” debut for coach Novak, the first time the new leader of the HPU women’s basketball program will coach game-like action at home.

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Rainbow Wahine Basketball Runs Away From HPU in Friendly Tune-Up

Rainbow Wahine Basketball Runs Away From HPU in Friendly Tune-Up

Rainbow Wahine Basketball Runs Away From HPU in Friendly Tune-Up

By: Paul Brecht

MANOA – D&D means something a bit different for the University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team.

Defense and depth are the two “D”s that stand out most for the Rainbow Wahine. In Tuesday’s exhibition game against HPU, 13 players saw double-digit minutes and 10 players scored. UH held visiting Hawai’i Pacific University to just 49 points in the team’s final tune-up before the regular season kicks off.

The Sharks, led by first-year head coach Katie Novak, started out the exhibition against Division I Hawai’i on fire from downtown. HPU knocked down four triples in the opening frame to take an early lead, 16-11.

The ‘Bows tossed on a press following the hot start from the Sharks and immediately began forcing turnovers, helping end the first quarter on an 8-2 run and taking a 19-18 lead.

The run would continue into the second quarter as the Rainbow Wahine defense locked down HPU en route to a 25-2 run stretching from the end of the first quarter to midway through the second.

The ‘Bows would continue using their depth and press throughout the second half, helping hold HPU at arm’s length for the remainder of the evening as UH cruised to a 73-49 victory to close the pre-season.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by first-year guard Jovi Lefotu (`Iolani High School), who had 20 points in her introduction to college basketball. Sophomore guard Daejah Phillips chipped in 13 points to go along with three steals.

The HPU Sharks were led by graduate center Abby Spurgin, who contributed a 15-point, 10-rebound performance in her Sharks debut. Sophomore wing Jordyn Jensen had 13 points, along with an 8-8 performance from the free throw line.

The Rainbow Wahine will hit the road to open the regular season next Monday at 3:30 PM HST, taking on Oregon State.

HPU looks to bounce back this Saturday at 4:30 PM HST, as the Sharks host the Hawaiian National Team at “The Shark Tank” (previously Saint Francis).

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