Hoops news all around
Keep checking back to the breaking news section of the Star-Advertiser website for write-ups about today's quarterfinals of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
So far, we've had two blowouts. Washington State outplayed Mississippi State soundly in the second half for an 83-57 win, and No. 15 Baylor thumped San Diego 83-50 in the second game.
Don't forget, UH (7-2) takes on Florida State (9-2) tonight at 8 p.m. in an ESPNU-televised game. KHON2 sports director Kanoa Leahey has the play-by-play call.
UH sophomore forward Joston Thomas was even more jacked up than usual this week.
Why? He knows two players on the Florida State roster from his days growing up in Georgia.
He lost contact with Chris Singleton and Pierre Jordan once he moved to Washington, D.C., for prep school.
"Met each other on the (AAU) circuit. I played with Pierre, and with Chris as well," Thomas said. "We friends, so it's going to be fun, you know. Business, but it's going to be fun."
Plenty of news on the UH women's basketball front today, too.
First-year assistant coach Gabe Henry has resigned his post and will return home to Kansas City to take care of his ailing father.
Head coach Dana Takahara-Dias promoted Sherice Ajifu from director of basketball operations to Henry's position.
Henry is a good guy, best of luck to him in his future endeavors in basketball. Ajifu has been with Takahara-Dias from the start, so she should be able to make the transition of roles smoothly.
Also, the Wahine announced the signing of former Hilo High standout Vicky Tagalicod, a USC transfer.
Tagalicod, a 5-foot-9 point guard, will practice with the team starting in the spring semester and be eligible to play in games starting in the spring of 2012.
She redshirted her first year at USC with an injury. But local hoops fans, particularly those from the Big Island, remember how athletic and versatile she was. With UH's starting backcourt of Keisha Kanekoa and Megan Tinnin finishing their eligibility this season, Tagalicod is a big pickup.
Takahara-Dias already knew Tagalicod from the Team Aloha all-star squad.