Rainbow Wahine will host Bank of Hawaii Classic on Friday


HONOLULU– The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team returns for its home opener with the Bank of Hawai’i Classic starting Friday with Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb and San Diego visiting the SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.

GM 3 & 4 | HAWAII (0-2, 0-0) VS. FLORIDA GULF COAST (2-0, 0-0), HAWAI’I vs. LIPSCOMB (2-2, 0-0)
Appointment | Time Friday, November 18, 2022 2:30 p.m. HT | Sunday November 20, 2022 2:00 p.m. HT
Location Honolulu, Oahu – SimpliFi Arena
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Direct friday | Sunday
Radio ESPN Honolulu (Friday and Sunday)
Tickets eTicketHawaii.com
Live statistics friday | Sunday
Game Notes Hawaii | FGCU | Lip Comb | San Diego
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Specials Bank of Hawaii is the title sponsor of the Bank of Hawaii Classic. Fans who are Bank of Hawaii customers will receive a FREE Canvas Tote Bag by showing a Bank of Hawaii credit card (while supplies last). Meet at the sports marketing table near Gate A to register and participate in the “BOH Bank Shot Challenge” Halftime Promotional Sweepstakes for a chance to win a HawaiianMiles Certificate. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, UH Athletics, in partnership with Food Vault Hawaii, will host a Friday food and toiletries collection. Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food from 6-7 p.m. at Gate A. Youth (4 years – high school) are FREE for women’s basketball home games.


  • The Rainbow Wahine enter the Bank of Hawai’i Classic with the same record as last season at 0-2 and will eventually drop to 0-3 and 1-4 after the event. UH followed by going 19-7 the rest of the way.
  • Sophomore forward Daejah Phillips made a statement to start the season by playing a combined 62 minutes in the first two games while scoring 37 points, including a career-high 25 against Portland.
  • UH hasn’t won the Bank of Hawai’i Classic since 2017, when they beat Northern Arizona and San Diego. On the other three Classic occasions, with 2020 being the exception due to COVID-19, UH went 3-3, splitting the Classic all three times. Since the Classic’s inception in 1980, the ‘Bows have won the annual event six times. (1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2016, 2017)
  • Portland won the Classic last season by going 2-0 with wins over UH and Prairie View. Florida Gulf Coast has visited the island twice before, but did not compete in the Classic, but rather the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in 2018. Lipscomb has also been to O’ahu twice, but only once in the Classic, and that was in 2007 when they went 0-2.


For 13 years there has been a consistent element to the Rainbow Wahine program, and it has been on the radio. The 2022-2023 campaign marks the 13-year “on-air marriage” of play-by-play man Dave Kawada and color analyst Tiff Wells. The pair are a fan favorite, with their wit and banter paving the way for nearly every home game on ESPN Honolulu. In addition to their on-air duties, Kawada was recently named president of Na Koa, UH’s premier track and field booster club. At the same time, Wells serves as the play-by-play voice for men’s and women’s volleyball at UH, solidifying himself as one of the nation’s best behind the mic calling the fast action.


November brings excitement to college basketball fans everywhere, as it’s the start of the season and the first of two signing periods. The head coach Laura Beman wasted no time, as she and the staff signed two early on. Brooke Murrell, a 6’2 forward from Denver, Colorado, and Vivienne Berrett, a 6’4 center from Stanwood, Washington. Both add size and skill to solidify the depth of bows for years to come.


For forty years, the Bank of Hawai’i Classic, formerly known as the Rainbow Wahine Classic, has been one of the top non-conference early-season tournaments in the nation. The Classic has hosted several big-name teams over the years, and only six programs have won the Classic championship more than once. UH leads with six titles, while Stanford is next with five. Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and North Carolina State have won the title twice.




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