By Brian McInnis
Last time Dana Takahara-Dias and her Rainbow Wahine went up to Fresno State, they got blasted by 41 points, a UH WAC record loss.
A couple different ways to look at today's matchup at FSU. The last-place Wahine (6-12, 0-5 WAC) could say they have nothing to lose — they fell 53-43 at lowly San Jose State on Saturday — and play inspired ... or they could feel the weight of their brutal WAC start, come out flat, and get hammered by the league title favorite.
Should the Wahine lose, they will stretch their WAC road losing streak to 15 games and equal the program's worst WAC start (0-6), which was set under Jim Bolla in 2008-09.
UH needs to look at every game as an opportunity to pick up ground on eighth-place SJSU (2-16, 2-3). If they don't, they'll be sitting out the WAC tournament come March.
The Hawaii men's basketball team, winners of three straight, was given the day off from practice today as added recuperation time before Saturday's big matchup against WAC leader Utah State.
That didn't mean the UH marketing department wasn't busy. It promoted the game as "All in Against the Aggies!" Students have gotten in free all season, but the team is really emphasizing that this week.
UH players and coaches were around campus and the dorms today to spread that message to students.
“We need a large and enthusiastic crowd to help cheer our players on to victory against a tough Utah State team,” UH coach Gib Arnold said in a statement. “It’s incredible the impact a spirited and energetic crowd has on the performance of our players. We hope the fans turn out in big numbers for this important WAC contest.”
There will be a $20-per-person tailgate outside the Stan Sheriff Center Gate B from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. tipoff. The UH coaches and some players will be at the event for about the first half hour.
Tickets (limited to the first 300) are available by calling Peggy at 484-4339 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.