LACEY, Wash. – Junior center Hannah Wandersee had 16 points and 13 rebounds Thursday, teaming with sophomore point guard Yazmeen Goo to lead 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage to a 76-57 victory over Saint Martin’s at Marcus Pavilion.
Goo finished with a career-high 15 points, plus five assists and five steals, to spark the Seawolves (16-1, 9-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) in the third quarter, while senior guard Kaitlyn Hurley tallied 15 points on 5-of-11 three-point shooting.
The Saints (5-12, 1-8) were led by 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 12 rebounds from senior center Elin Johansson, but the rest of the hosts shot just 15 of 45 from the floor and committed 28 turnovers.
UAA seemed in total control at the outset, grabbing leads of 14-0 in the first four minutes and 23-9 after one quarter. But the Saints responded with a vengeance, handing UAA its second-worst 10-minute period – a 22-5 scoring disadvantage – since women’s college basketball went to quarters in 2015-16.
Despite trailing 31-28 at halftime, Goo took control immediately in the third, scoring two quick layups to begin a 10-0 Seawolf surge and forge a 55-44 lead after three quarters.
The Saints cut it to a 61-51 hole when Johansson converted a layup with 6:10 remaining, but Wandersee answered with a jumper, followed by a Goo basket. Goo then grabbed a defensive rebound and fed Tara Thompson for a corner three-pointer that provided the dagger with 5 minutes left.
“I’m not sure what came over us in that second quarter, but luckily we were able to regain our focus and play well overall in the second half,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “Hannah and Yazmeen played aggressively and chose good shots, as well as providing the veteran leadership needed to earn a win like this.”
The Seawolves extended their GNAC winning streaks to 33 straight overall (including conference tourney), 29 straight in the regular season and 23 straight on the road. It was also UAA’s seventh straight win over the Saints and eighth straight at Marcus Pavilion, including four contests in the 2016 and 2017 GNAC Tournaments.
UAA drives up I-5 for its next contest, Saturday at 6 p.m. AST against regionally 4th-ranked Seattle Pacific.