KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – The University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team got back on the winning track Thursday with an 89-64 victory over Université de Lyon in round-robin play at the BLIA Cup international collegiate tournament.
Senior forward Hannah Wandersee led three Seawolves in double figures with 19 points, nailing 7 of 10 shots and all five of her free throws, while sophomore forward Sala Langi posted a double-double with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 12 rebounds.
Lyon was led by 16 points and 11 rebounds from Marie-Eve Paget and 14 points from Laetitia Guapo, however the French squad was forced into 22 turnovers by the Seawolves’ full-court press.
UAA led after 22-14 after 10 minutes and extended its lead each quarter. Senior guard Tara Thompson hit a pair of big three-pointers to push the advantage to 43-34 at halftime and 65-51 after three quarters.
Thompson finished with 12 points and five rebounds, senior guard Sydni Stallworth had 11 points and five rebounds, and junior point guard Yazmeen Goo delivered 11 points, five assists and four steals.
“Our veterans carried us through most of this one again, with Hannah reminding us why she is an All-America candidate this (upcoming) season, and Sala Langi continuing to show the improvement that she demonstrated at the end of last year,” said UAA coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team improved to 2-1 in BLIA Cup pool play. “But I was most encouraged to get some great minutes from our young interior players, especially Tennae Voliva and Kimani Fernandez-Roy, which allowed us to pull away in the fourth quarter.”
Voliva – a sophomore from East Anchorage High School – collected seven points and six rebounds in just 11 minutes, while Fernandez-Roy – a freshman from Maui – easily delivered her best effort of the tournament with seven points on 4-of-7 shooting and six rebounds.
The Seawolves close round-robin play at 10 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Thursday (actually 4 p.m. Friday local time) when they face host team Fo Guang University. Follow this link to watch live: http://www.bltv.tv/events/2018FGC/
With the win, UAA is also now likely to qualify for the playoff round of the annual exhibition tournament. Those games will be held Saturday and Sunday in Taiwan, at times to be announced.