KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – Junior point guard Yazmeen Goo delivered 15 points and five steals Sunday to lift the University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to an 88-52 victory over Taiwan Sports University in the third-place game of the 2018 BLIA Cup exhibition tournament here.
The Seawolves finished the tournament 4-2 overall as they got at least one basket from all 12 players in the finale, including an 11-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist effort from sophomore forward Sala Langi.
“We took control early and got a chance to look at a lot of our young players today, so I couldn’t think of a more positive way to end this trip,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “We were certainly disappointed after losing a semifinal game that was there for the taking, but we responded well mentally, which is another challenge for a group with this much youth. This was a terrific opportunity for our team to grow both in a cultural sense and a basketball sense. I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting us, as well as our boosters who stepped up and supported us.”
Senior guard Sydni Stallworth continued her solid BLIA Cup play with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and three steals, while true freshman forward Kimani Fernandez-Roy finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tennae Voliva led the Seawolves with 12 rebounds.
Goo was nearly perfect from the floor, hitting 6 of 7 shots and adding three assists, and senior guard Kian McNair chipped in nine points, two assists and two steals.
The four-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions and 2016 NCAA Div. II national runners-up, the Seawolves begin practice for the regular season in mid-October.