FAIRBANKS – Shelby Cloninger and Sydni Stallworth recorded career-high scoring totals and the 2nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team dominated from the outset Saturday in an 88-56 victory over Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center.
The Seawolves (9-0, 3-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) got 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting and five rebounds from Cloninger, while Stallworth delivered 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting, plus four rebounds, three assists and two of UAA’s 17 steals.
The Nanooks (2-5, 0-3) were led by 18 points from guard Lexi Carpenter, but the hosts committed 32 turnovers and were outrebounded 43-33 as they fell in the series for the 21st consecutive time.
UAA took control from the opening tip, scoring on five of its first seven possessions and leading 11-0 before the Nanooks were able to attempt a shot. The Seawolves led 22-5 after 10 minutes to equal their fewest points allowed in the first quarter of a GNAC game and their second-fewest ever allowed in the opening quarter.
“Our fast start was important tonight because it took their crowd out of the game early and allowed us to play relaxed and at our kind of tempo,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team extended its program records to 24 straight road wins, 23 straight GNAC regular-season wins and 19 straight conference road wins. “We got nice offensive efforts up and down the lineup, and individually, Shelby gave us another great game, and Sydni began to show the scoring touch that made her a two-time JC All-American.”
The Seawolves led 39-22 at halftime and began the third quarter with a 12-2 spurt that included a three-pointer and a layup by Cloninger.
Eleven of the 12 Seawolves scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, while eight different players recorded at least one steal. Junior guard Kian McNair scored six of her nine points during the opening blitz, and freshman guard Sala Langi finished with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Sophomore point guard Yazmeen Goo added five points, four rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals in 20 minutes, as no Seawolf logged more than 22 minutes. Wandersee and senior guard Kaitlyn Hurley tied Cloninger for team-high honors with five rebounds each.
The Seawolves stay on the road for their next five contests, beginning with their final two non-conference games, Dec. 16 at Notre Dame de Namur and Dec. 19 at Sonoma State in a Bay Area visit.