Moraga, CA – Saint Mary’s coughed up an 18-point second-half lead, but the Gaels hit just enough of their late free throws in overtime to seal the victory against Hawaii.
Saint Mary’s (21-10) forced 22 turnovers and hit 38 free throws; leading scorer for the Gaels was Shannon Mauldin, with 32 points. Lauren Nicholson added 23 points.
Hawaii (23-9) got its first lead of the contest during overtime. Briana Harris had 24 points and six rebounds, while Shawna-Lei Kuehu added 19 points and seven assists.
Saint Mary's will host Fresno State in Round Two of the WNIT on Monday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.