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2022-23 Big West Conference Slate to Put Rainbow Wahine to the Test

Posted June 23, 2022, 4:30 PM HST ·Updated June 23, 4:03 PM

A 20-game 2022-23 Big West Conference slate with a twist will put regular season conference champion the University of Hawai‘i women’s basketball team to the test as head coach Laura Beeman enters her 11th season at the team’s helm.

The Big West announced its schedule on Wednesday, June 22.

Each Big West team is scheduled to play the usual Thursday and Saturday matchups, but will add at least one Monday game. UH is the only team to have two Monday games this upcoming season, but while each team will also have a Wednesday game, the Rainbow Wahine will have none.

UH begins conference play Dec. 29 against the University of California, Davis, followed by a stop at Cal Poly on New Year’s Eve. On Jan. 14 and Feb. 18, 2023, the ‘Bows will take on rival Long Beach State, with the first of the two games on the road.

On Jan. 19, 2023, UH will host UC Irvine at Honolulu’s SimpliFi Arena in their first rematch since the conference tournament championship game. The return game against UC Davis is set to tip off Feb. 2, 2023, and UH will wrap up the for the second consecutive year against UC Santa Barbara March 4, 2023, at home.

The Big West Conference tournament is set to take place shortly after, spanning from March 7 -11, at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nev.

Sophomore guards Daejah Phillips and Olivia Davies return as the ‘Bows’ top scoring threats with the departure of conference Player of the Year Amy Atwell, who graduated.

Beeman and staff have worked during the offseason to reload the roster for a run at back-to-back titles, adding transfer forward Meg Jefferson of Virginia, a graduate student with two years of eligibility, and sophomore guard Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu, the reigning Big West Freshman of the Year from Cal State Fullerton, to the roster, along with three true first-year students in Jovi Lefotu, Avery Watkins and Imani Perez.

The non-conference portion of the schedule and promotions will be announced at a later date.

To see the full UH women’s basketball schedule for the 2022-23 season, click here.

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