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UC San Diego surprises Hawaii women’s basketball team at last second

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    UC San Diego’s Sydney Brown and Hawaii’s Nnenna Orji try to rebound during a game tonight at the SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.

UC San Diego’s Julia Macabuhay hit a 12-foot jumper with 1 second left as the visiting Tritons held on to upset Hawaii 62-60 in a women’s basketball game tonight at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii had just tied the game at 60 all on Kelsie Imai’s steal and layup with 26 seconds left. The Wahine trailed the entire game and came back from a 46-30 deficit late in the third quarter.

Macabuhay led the visitors with 20 points. UH’s Daejah Phillips scored a game-high 24 points, including 13 in the fourth-quarter comeback.

The Tritons held Amy Atwell to four points on a 1-for-9 shot from the floor. Atwell entered the game leading UH with 18.5 points per game. She won four Big West Player of the Week awards this season.

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Hawaii fell from the top of the conference standings. UH is now 8-3 and 12-9 overall. The Wahine can regain first place with a home win against UC Irvine (10-3) on Saturday.

UCSD snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 7-7 and 10-13 overall.

The Tritons scored the first seven points and led 18-8 after dominating a first quarter in which they shot 75% from the floor and UH made just two of 14.

Hawaii closed at 20-14 early in the second quarter, but UC San Diego then went on a nine-point streak.

Atwell was scoreless for almost the first 18 minutes. She finally scored on her fourth shot of the game.

Nae Nae Calhoun scored 10 points for Hawaii. Sydney Brown had 11 for the Tritons before committing a foul.