BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Senior center Hannah Wandersee scored 15 points to lead a balanced effort for the 11th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team, helping the Seawolves to their 11th straight win, 74-55 over Western Washington on Thursday at Carver Gymnasium.
UAA (18-1, 10-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got a clutch all-around effort from sophomore forward Sala Langi, who had 10 points and team highs of five rebounds and three assists. The Pacifica, Calif., native added two steals with no turnovers to help the Seawolves sweep the regular-season series from the Vikings.
WWU (10-9, 5-6) got 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds from center Anna Schwecke, but the hosts were forced into 28 turnovers and outscored 18-3 from the three-point line.
“I thought we delivered a workmanlike and blue-collar effort in the first half, and that allowed us to win despite not having a very sharp second half,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “I’d like to see us have more of a killer instinct in the future, but I’m pleased tonight to see the continued balance in our offensive attack.”
The Seawolves led nearly wire to wire, taking the advantage at 11-8 when Tara Thompson nailed one of her three three-pointers at the 3:08 mark of the first half. Langi delivered back-to-back buckets to continue a 9-0 run, and UAA led 19-12 after one quarter.
Junior guard Safiyyah Yasin scored five of her seven points during a 12-2 run to start the second quarter, and McNair capped the first half with a three-pointer from the corner with three seconds left, making it 42-23.
The Vikings cut their deficit to 66-54 with 2:29 remaining but could get no closer.
UAA continues its four-game road swing Saturday at 6 p.m. against third-place Simon Fraser (12-6, 8-3 GNAC) in Burnaby, British Columbia. Live video and stats will be available at gnac.tv, plus an alternative video stream at SFU’s YouTube channel.