ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Nov. 11) – Junior center Hannah Wandersee scored 16 points to lead a hot-shooting effort for the 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team Saturday in a 77-50 victory over Cal State Los Angeles in the Wildcat Crossover at Nicholson Pavilion.
The Seawolves (3-0) also got 14 points, four assists and five steals from senior guard Rodericka Ware and 13 points and seven rebounds from senior forward Shelby Cloninger as they outshot the California Collegiate Athletic Association club .521 to .256 over the final three quarters.
The Golden Eagles (0-2) were led by 14 points and seven rebounds from guard Christine Delapina but could not capitalize on a 14-13 lead after the first quarter.
UAA trailed 20-19 when Mackenze Barnes hit a midrange jumper for CSULA with 4:57 left in the second quarter. Cloninger dished to Wandersee 16 seconds later for an easy layup that started a 7-0 Seawolf run, and the three-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions would not trail again.
Sophomore point guard Yazmeen Goo – who equaled her career high for the second day in a row with nine points – ended the first half with a driving layup in the waning seconds to make it 32-23.
The Seawolves began the second half with a 6-0 spurt, and Cloninger converted a feed from Rainey Kuykendall to give the Seawolves a 47-27 lead at the 3:48 mark of the third quarter.
After delivering a career-high 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in Friday’s 82-74 win over Hawaii Pacific, Wandersee shot 8 of 10 from the field and dished another four assists against the Golden Eagles, while committing no turnovers.
Goo shot 3 of 4 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line and added a pair of steals, and junior guard Tara Thompson had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.
“Our defense was responsible for this win today,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, who earned his 150th career coaching victory. “We were OK once we found our rhythm in the second quarter, but we need to get off to a stronger start, especially offensively. The bottom line, though, is that we’re happy to be unbeaten after three games and looking forward to finally playing in front of our home crowd next week.”
The Seawolves make their 2017-18 Alaska Airlines Center debut Nov. 17-18 when they host the Seawolf Hoops Classic. UAA play Holy Names on Friday and Western State (Colo.) on Saturday. Both games start at 5:15 p.m. AST.
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