ANCHORAGE – Senior guard Rodericka Ware scored 19 points and junior center Hannah Wandersee totaled 17 points, six rebounds and two blocks Friday to power 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage to a 92-49 women’s basketball blowout of Holy Names in the Seawolf Hoops Classic at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (4-0) also got 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and six steals from junior guard Kian McNair as they won their 34th straight regular-season game against a fellow NCAA Div. II opponent.
The Hawks (0-4), of Oakland, Calif., were led by 14 points from reserve guard Alexandra Candelario and 10 points and six rebounds from center Onjalise Carley-Hilliard, but the visitors from the Pacific West Conference were outshot .479 to .273, outrebounded 49-31, and forced into 32 turnovers.
UAA – the three-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion – led 17-15 after the first quarter before pulling away. Wandersee (6-8 FG, 5-5 FT) scored eight points in the second quarter to help the Seawolves grab a 39-25 halftime edge, and McNair snagged three of her steals in the third quarter to keep the lead comfortable at 59-42.
The fourth quarter belonged entirely to the Seawolves as their 33-7 scoring advantage ranked as the program’s highest differential against a fellow Div. II opponent since women’s college basketball went to quarters in 2015-16.
“I was not entirely pleased with our defense effort at times tonight, but our newcomers – especially Kian – are starting to come along well in our system and already making big contributions,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “Sala (Langi) showed great hustle and did a lot of good things off the bench, too, and our veterans are showing solid leadership.”
The Seawolves got five points, seven rebounds – six offensive – and two steals from Langi, a freshman forward from Pacifica, Calif., while junior-college transfer Sydni Stallworth had six points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals.
UAA got at least four points and one rebound from all 11 active players, while 10 different Seawolves accounted for at least one steal. Ware – a transfer from fellow Div. II program Academy of Art – shot 8 of 14 overall, 3 of 8 on three-pointers, and had five assists, four steals and one turnover.
The Seawolves will close action in the Hoops Classic on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Western State (1-1). Call 907-786-1562 for tickets for visit GoSeawolves.com for complete information.