UH-Hilo women’s basketball fires past Multnomah for home-opening win

ANTHONY AKAU/UH-Hilo Sports Information Kaile Cruz led the Vulcans with 21 points.

Sophomore Kaile Cruz splashed five 3-pointers in UH-Hilo women’s basketball’s home opener to help lead the Vulcans past Multnomah, 96-60, Saturday night in non-conference action at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Cruz set a new career high of 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting (5 of 7 from beyond the arc) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.


UH-Hilo started with a 9-0 lead, but later with the help of three turnovers, the Lions closed out the first half by managing to put together a 9-0 run in the final four minutes to make it just a four-point differential at halftime.

Both teams kept the score close through the first four minutes of play in the third quarter before UH-Hilo snapped back with a 9-0 run of its own — forcing Multnomah to go 0 of 8 from the field during that span (0 of 5 from three-point range). The Vulcans poured it on with 40 points in the final period as they finished with the victory.

Jeniece Harmon and Erica Ingram followed with 13 points apiece.

Multnomah competes in the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference and is coached by former longtime HPU head coach Redi Takatsuka.

UH-Hilo moved to a 1-2 record as Multnomah moved to 1-2 overall.

The Vulcans will be back in action next Saturday, Nov. 25 taking on Northwest Indian College at 5 p.m. in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The UH-Hilo Men’s Basketball team will be making its home debut also against the Eagles in the nightcap.

Both teams will be doing an autograph signing along with free schedule poster giveaways following the conclusion of each game.

Single-game and season tickets are now available to be purchased online through UH-Hilo Vulcans Athletics’ recently launched online ticket platform in partnership with AudienceView Campus.

The 2023-24 slate will feature 28 total home contests at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium with a package price of $130 for adults and $65 for seniors (ages 65-plus) and middle/high school students.

Both can be accessed at HiloAthletics.com/tickets.

The UH-Hilo Men’s Basketball team will have 14 home games available to be viewed online through our video stream broadcasts in partnership with Out of the Sea Media Arts Inc.

Single-game viewing will be priced at $10 with a season-package offering of $105.

More information is available at HiloAthletics.com/LiveStream.

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