It ended with the 6-foot power forward showing off her long-range jumper.
Fenumiai sank her first and only 3-point attempt in two seasons with the junior college to highlight an 87-20 rout of Shoreline, which finished the game with four players on the court.
The Alaskan finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds as Peninsula won its ninth straight game and clinched the NWAC North Region championship.
“I asked my coach if I could take a 3 for my Sophomore Night. At first she said she didn’t know because she didn’t want it to be a circus,” Fenumiai told me.
She got the green light at halftime and then got her opportunity early in the second half.
“I just pulled up and prayed it went in – and it swished!” she said. “The whole crowd went crazy and my team went even crazier. I think I watched the film back 10 times just to watch our bench’s reaction.”
Fenumiai was honored earlier that night for breaking the school’s all-time rebounding record. Actually, she crushed it. She has 515 compared to No. 2 Danielle Larson’s 382. Both players are from Juneau.
“Breaking that record is funny because I personally know Danielle and she told me she doesn’t care what records I break as long as it isn’t hers,” Fenumiai said. “I just laughed and told her I couldn’t promise anything.
“But I can’t take all the credit for breaking it. I had such a support system from my teammates and coaches that pushed me and challenged me to be the best I could. They knew my ability and wouldn’t allow me to fall short or take a play off, so I have to give major credit to them.”
This season she is averaging 8.8 rebounds. Last year, though, she pulled down 11.65 rebounds – the sixth best single-season total in the NWAC since 2009.
“Ever since I started playing I knew rebounding was part of my identity as a basketball player,” Fenumiai said. “And as I developed I realized that a rebound means another possession for us and it ends an opponent’s possession. As a competitive person, who wouldn’t want that for their team?”