CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Senior guard Rodericka Ware scored 21 points and junior center Hannah Wandersee had 14 points and nine rebounds Thursday as the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team opened its season with a 95-45 rout of Johnson & Wales at the Wildcat Center.
The Seawolves – ranked No. 4 in NCAA Div. II – also got 16 points from senior forward Shelby Cloninger and 14 points from junior guard Sydni Stallworth as they blew the game open after halftime, outscoring the hosts 55-14 in the final 20 minutes.
The Wildcats were led by 10 points from guard Vanderia Shackleford, but the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association program was outshot .515 to .244 and forced into 38 turnovers by UAA’s full-court press.
Leading just 32-29 late in the second quarter, Stallworth scored three straight baskets and Cloninger dished to Wandersee for an easy layup to account for a 40-31 edge at the break. The momentum continued with an 8-0 run to start the third quarter, and Kian McNair’s steal and layup made the score 54-34 midway through the period.
All four double-figure scorers shot 50 percent or better for UAA, while senior guard Kaitlyn Hurley chipped in nine points on 3-of-3 long-range shooting. Senior guard Tara Thompson – UAA’s leading returning scorer – failed to crack the points column but delivered six rebounds and a game-high four assists.
“We were not sharp at all in the first half, but I was pleased with the adjustments we made in the locker room and the way we executed out game plan after that,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “There is still a lot to work on, and it’ll be a much different test for us on Sunday.”
UAA will face NCAA Div. I national power Duke on Sunday at 2 p.m. AST in an exhibition game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Check the women’s basketball schedule page at GoSeawolves.com for links to live audio and stats.