By Brian McInnis
It's been a while since any thoughts were offered up here about the Hawaii women's basketball team, so perhaps today's pivotal game at New Mexico State is a good time.
UH (8-15, 3-5 Western Athletic Conference) heads into its longest road trip of the season on a four-game losing streak — one that's seen the Rainbow Wahine tumble out of a tie for second to their current position in fifth.
"Second half of WAC gives you a chance to see where you're at, and a road win is much needed for our program," UH coach Dana Takahara-Dias said from Las Cruces, N.M., on Wednesday. "But a win here will also help us move up in the standings heading into the WAC tournament.
"We had three home games in a row, and disappointingly were unable to get a win off of that. But we are optimistic about our road trip. None of us hung our heads and we are excited to get a chance to get on the court again and play. Hopefully reverse our fate (tonight)."
Either way, it's on to Ruston, La., to play Louisiana Tech on Saturday, and that's a tough place to get a win even with the Lady Techsters having a down year by their lofty standards.
Today's tipoff is at 3:30 Hawaii Time.
You can check out the game for yourself on OC 12, which is picking up AggieVision's local call of the game in Las Cruces.
If you're watching, a player to keep your eye on is the Aggies' senior forward, Tabytha Wampler. She torched UH for 24 points and nine boards in UH's 51-48 win in the first half of WAC play.
The Wahine will have to get Kamilah Jackson going early; she struggled last time out in the home loss to San Jose State. It's been a while since the main scoring threats on the team — Jackson, Vicky Tagalicod, Breanna Arbuckle and Alissa Campanero — were all rolling at the same time.
UH picked up a road breakthrough win there last season, and NMSU (5-19, 2-7) is having a rough go of it under first-year coach Mark Trakh. The Wahine already notched a road win at Nevada, so ending the losing streak here is possible.