KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (July 7) – Hannah Wandersee scored a game-high 19 points, but cold three-point shooting proved too much for the University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to overcome Saturday in a 63-60 loss to Shanghai University in the semifinals of the BLIA Cup international exhibition tournament.
The Seawolves also got 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from junior point guard Yazmeen Goo and a game-high nine rebounds from sophomore forward Sala Langi as they fell to 3-2 overall in the 10-team event and will now play for third place.
UAA outrebounded the Chinese 42-32, but the four-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions made just 2 of 24 three-point attempts and shot 26 of 89 (.292) overall.
“That was just one of those games were the basket seemed like it was about two inches smaller in diameter – we just couldn’t buy a three,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “That being said, we did a great job to battle back from an early deficit and put ourselves in a position to win against a team that was bigger than us – significantly bigger – at every position. I was proud of our defensive effort, but we’re also not going to be very successful if we just have seven people in the scoring column like tonight.”
Wandersee – a unanimous All-GNAC selection on last year’s 27-5 Seawolf squad – shot 7 of 13 from the floor and grabbed two of UAA’s 20 steals, while true freshman Kimani Fernandez-Roy tallied eight points, seven rebounds and three steals in just 15:40 of playing time.
UAA erased three 11-point deficits in the first half to claw within 30-27 at the midway point, and the Seawolves finally tied it 46-46 late in the third. One of two American teams in the event, UAA took a 52-48 lead on a Goo layup midway through the fourth. Shanghai responded again, however, with a 13-5 run that would decide the outcome.
Tara Thompson had a chance to tie on an inbounds play with 0.6 seconds on the clock, but her shot bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
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