ANCHORAGE – Junior center Hannah Wandersee had 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to lead a dominant effort for the nationally 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team in a 95-60 blowout of Saint Martin’s at the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday night.
The Seawolves (24-2, 17-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 15 points and three assists from senior guard Rodericka Ware as they led from start to finish in their regular-season home finale. With the victory, UAA maintains a one-game lead over Northwest Nazarene (20-3, 16-2) – who they face in their next game, Thursday in Idaho – for the GNAC regular-season title, with two games left for each team.
The Saints (7-19, 3-15) were led by 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks from forward Mercedes Victor, but the visitors from Lacey, Wash., were outrebounded 40-26 and outshot 49 percent to 38 percent. Guard Makenna Schultz added 19 points for Saint Martin’s, which lost for the eighth straight time to the Seawolves.
“We had some defensive lapses in the second quarter that I was not pleased about, but I can’t argue with the final result tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team recorded a season-high scoring output against NCAA Div. II competition. “We continued to move the ball well offensively, and Hannah Wandersee is just ‘in the zone’ right now. Now we have our work cut out for us next week if we want to defend our title.”
Wandersee shot 9 of 12 from the floor as the three-time defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champions also got 13 points (6-10 FG) from senior forward Shelby Cloninger and 11 points (4-8 FG) from junior guard Kian McNair. Sophomore point guard Yazmeen Goo delivered six points, seven assists, five steals and just one turnover to help the Seawolves completed their second straight unbeaten GNAC home campaign, improving to 20-0 in the last two seasons.
Thursday’s showdown at NNU tips at 5 p.m. AST and can be seen live on GNAC.tv. The Seawolves close the regular season Saturday at Central Washington, before hosting the eighth annual GNAC Tournament, Mar. 1-3. UAA and NNU have already earned the top two seeds and the quarterfinal byes for that event.
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