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UHH’s Imai Named to PacWest Second Team

March 6, 2014, 2:36 PM HST
* Updated March 6, 2:40 PM
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University of Hawai`i at Hilo senior Kamie Imai was named to the All-PacWest Conference Second Team in women’s basketball after leading her team in assists and rebounds.

Imai, the only UH-Hilo player to receive recognition from the conference, was second on the team with 11.5 points per game. She led her team with 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. She also finished fourth in the PacWest with a 1.4 assist to turnover ratio.

The Waiakea High School graduate closed out the 2013-2014 regular season Saturday with a season-high 24 points on Senior Day. The Vulcans lost to Hawai`i Pacific 78-61.

Imai was an All-PacWest Second Team selection last year in her opening season at UH-Hilo. Her prior two seasons were spent at Division I Utah State University.

“She is as well liked as any senior we’ve had, top to bottom, on our roster,” said UH-Hilo head coach David Kaneshiro after Saturday’s loss. The third-year head coach also praised Imai’s work ethic and coachable attitude as reasons why he’s been “lucky to be her coach for two years.”

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Imai’s season isn’t over yet. The Vulcans have a rematch with HPU today at 3:30 p.m. Hawai`i time in the opening round of the PacWest Women’s Basketball Tournament in San Diego, CA. The winner will face Cal Baptist Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

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2013-2014 PacWest Women’s Basketball Awards

First Team

Sonia Aguilar (Guard) – Holy Names

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Kamile Diaz (Guard) – Cal Baptist

Haley Holmstead (Guard) – Dixie State

Skye Savini (Guard) – Hawai`i Pacific

Krystal Forthan (Forward) – Academy of Art

Kelly Hardeman (Forward) – Azusa Pacific

Sendy Valles (Forward) – Azusa Pacific

Second Team

Jessica Escorza (Guard) – Point Loma Nazarene

Savannah Erskine (Guard) – Point Loma Nazarene

Allison Greene (Guard) – Azusa Pacific

Kamie Imai (Guard) – Hawai`i Hilo

Callie Rhoads (Guard) – Point Loma Nazarene

Zoie Sheng (Guard) – Academy of Art

Morganne Comstock (Forward) – Hawai`i Pacific

Third Team

Regina Camera (Guard) – Academy of Art

Jasmin Guinn (Guard) – Academy of Art

Cassidy Mihalko (Guard) – Cal Baptist

Patrice Saindon (Guard) – Fresno Pacific

Sha’Nice Storey (Guard) – Academy of Art

Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo (Guard) – BYU-Hawai`i

Abby Boorman (Forward) – Point Loma Nazarene

Charde Stevens (Forward) – Fresno Pacific

Honorable Mention

Maya Arellanes (Guard) – Notre Dame de Namur

Erin Asher (Guard) – Cal Baptist

Britney Machado-Potestio (Guard) – Holy Names

Kaylah Miller (Guard) – Dixie State

Renique Fitzpatrick (Forward) – Holy Names

Salonika Quewon-Owens (Forward) – Dominican

Player of the Year / Newcomer of the Year– Krystal Forthan (Academy of Art)

Defensive Player of the Year – Jasmin Guinn (Academy of Art)

Freshman of the Year – Kamile Diaz (Cal Baptist)

Coach of the Year – La’Nay Larson (Academy of Art)

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