DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Hannah Wandersee posted a double-double Sunday as the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team dropped an 87-56 exhibition contest to NCAA Div. I national power Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Seawolves – ranked No. 4 in NCAA Div. II – got 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 10 points, four blocks and two steals from Wandersee, a 6-1 post from Kodiak, Alaska, while starting forward Shelby Cloninger reached double figures with 11 points on 3-of-6 three-points shooting.
The Blue Devils – ranked No. 12 in NCAA Div. I – were led by 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting from two-time All-American Lexie Brown, plus 20 points and seven rebounds from her backcourt mate, Rebecca Greenwell.
The hosts started the game with a 10-0 run before Cloninger nailed a three-pointer and Sydni Stallworth drove for a jump shot to get UAA on the board. Another Cloninger trey kept the deficit at 22-13 with 2:17 left in the first quarter, but the Blue Devils ran away from there, pushing to a 49-26 halftime advantage.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to test ourselves against incredible athletes at the highest level of our sport,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “I’m really proud of the effort our ladies showed today – they did not back down an inch. Hannah’s effort was especially impressive. We have been waiting for a breakout game from her like this … we just didn’t realize it would come against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.”
The Seawolves (1-0) begin regular-season Div. II competition next week with two important West Region games in Ellensburg, Wash., at the Wildcat Crossover Tournament. UAA will face Hawaii Pacific – the team it defeated in last year’s NCAA Tournament first round – on Friday at 11 a.m. AST, and Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday at noon AST. Both contests can be seen at GNAC.tv.